Ed’s Bloody Mary

Like me Ed enjoys a good food or in this case, cocktail, challenge. He has been doing research on the perfect Bloody Mary for the last few years and taking it quite seriously. [Read more…]

Citron-Romarin Cocktail

A few weeks ago I embarked on a fun 24 hours in Philadelphia to celebrate the milestone birthdays of some dear friends (Lauri A, Carolyn R and Cathy Z). We kicked off our adventure at Parc Brasserie on Rittenhouse Square for lunch. [Read more…]

Vodka and St. Germain “Mojito”

I must admit that I’m addicted to podcasts. It’s like having a radio station that only plays things that interest you all the time. While listening to my absolute favorite, The Splendid Table (“the show for people who love to eat” on NPR that is also available as a podcast), I heard about Awesome Etiquette, a podcast from Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning of the Emily Post Institute. [Read more…]

Bichon Frisé Cocktail

A few years ago our friend, Chris H, introduced me to the Greyhound cocktail. It was a perfectly refreshing summer drink for me especially since I love grapefruit juice. I always assumed it was named for the dog but I recently learned that it was named for bus company (a bit of drink trivia for you). [Read more…]

Strawberry-Mint Syrup

I am very excited about the start of the outdoor local farmers market season. When they open that means that we get access to lots of wonderful locally produced fruit and vegetables (along with meats, cheese, baked goods and so much more). [Read more…]

Azalea Cocktail

Ed’s most favorite sporting event of the year is upon us – the Masters! In preparation for this big event a few weeks ago we tried out the traditional drink of the Masters for our Sunday night cocktail. We figured we better get it right before the golf tournament actually started. [Read more…]

Blackberry Buck

With so many good fresh ingredients available at this time of year it’s very easy to come up with a tasty craft cocktail. Here I muddle fresh blackberries procured from the Malvern (PA) Farmers Market with mint (which grows like weeds at this time of year) and fresh lime juice. [Read more…]

Lavender-Lemon Vodka Tonic

Here’s one that I bet you’ve never thought about (and if you have, please let me know) – why do we say “Gin and Tonic” but when we’re making the same drink with Vodka we say “Vodka Tonic?” I asked a few bartenders and any friends who were willing to ponder this question and nobody had a good explanation – but all agreed it was odd. [Read more…]

Moscow Mule

Paris, 1919, just after the ending of the Great War.
He met her at the Ritz for cocktails. “What are cocktails?” she said.
“Hard liquor dressed up to be more respectable. I promise you, they’re fashionable.” [Read more…]

Pamplemousse-Grenade Cocktail

Or, Grapefruit-Pomegranate Cocktail – it just sounds more fun in French. This is a festive cocktail perfect for the winter holidays and makes use of the fresh grapefruits (or pamplemousses) that are plentiful at this time of year. [Read more…]