• watermelon gimlet
    Cocktails

    Watermelon-Basil Gimlet

    Rob’s finally back with another one of his cocktail creations. This one is a perfect summer refresher perfect for a warm night on your porch or by the pool: a Watermelon-Basil Gimlet. The Gimlet is a very classic gin-based cocktail. It ultimately boils down to gin and lime juice as its base, add seltzer and you get a Gin Fizz. See pretty simple. Whats great is its a nice tart drink without a lot of sweetness. Now that simplicity can make it a little boring, so time to mix it up a bit. We have what is now basically an overgrown bush of a basil plant in our AeroGarden. I…

  • blueberry vodka mojito
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    Blueberry Vodka Mojito

    This cocktail is a throwback to our honeymoon in Maui years ago. We spent a week at the Four Seasons; which was absolute heaven and may still be the best hotel experience we have ever had. One of our favorite parts of the hotel was the swim-up bar at the adult pool area. They had many awesome cocktails, but one of Rob’s favorites was a Blueberry Mojito. It’s not a true “mojito” per se. It doesn’t use rum, which is a perk to me. Rum is just so sugary and with alcohol that doesn’t always create a great mixture. So, its vodka based! If you don’t mind buying it, it…

  • Durrell Cocktail
    Cocktails

    The Durrell Cocktail

    The Durrells in Corfu is one of Rob and me’s favorite TV shows. Its pretty nerdy as its a PBS period piece comedy, but the show is really solid and has good humor. If you haven’t seen the show check it out, its so good that it actually has been referenced multiple times on Brooklyn 99 (another of our favorite shows)! Rob wanted to make a cocktail that was inspired by the show so thats what he did. Kumquats feature heavily in the show and Rob found them at the store the other day. If you aren’t familiar they are a tiny little citrus fruit that is basically entirely edible.…

  • pomegranate gin fizz
    Cocktails

    Pomegranate Gin Fizz

    With the Memorial Day holiday weekend coming up, its time to start thinking good summery cocktails. Rob’s answer to this was to go with one of his favorites: the Gin Fizz. But with a twist! Gin is one of Rob’s favorite liquors; its got more natural flavor than vodka but isn’t overly sugary like tequila or rum. Rob used a mixture of basil and mint along with fresh pomegranate seeds to make this one. It was really pretty simple, some fresh squeezed lime juice, and the gin, muddle everything up, stir, and top with seltzer. DONE!! It’s super refreshing for something like a cookout or barbecue (which according to Rob…

  • bellini whiskey sour
    Cocktails

    Cocktail: Bellini Sour

    One of the great things about spring time is the availability of fresh peaches. They pair really well with many classic American flavors for cooking, baking, and drinking. For cocktails, peaches are best known for bellinis. The bellini is classic Sunday brunch favorite; typically made from a peach puree and a sparkling wine. I am personally not a huge fan of champagne or sparkling wine in general. For some reason, they go straight to my head with a buzz and headache. As I have said before, whiskey sours are really my jam. Thankfully, bourbon and peach pair so well with each other. After all, they are both southern US common…

  • Old Fashioned Whiskey Sour
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    Masterpiece Cocktail: Tarragon-Orange Old Fashioned Sour

    As always, cocktails are brought to you by my husband, Rob. I have mentioned my love of Bourbon cocktails on here before. Typically, I like a classic whiskey sour, but we didn’t quite have the right ingredients. So, Rob improvised a little bit and we ended up with an interesting cross between a Sour and an Old Fashioned. A tart cocktail is my ideal and Rob has occasionally made them too sweet. We had some oranges in our fridge that Rob used, but oranges tend to be sweeter than other citrus. So, I asked Rob to go easy on the simple syrup. Rob also remembered we had some Aromatic bitters…

  • Chorizo Skillet Nachos
    Cocktails,  Dinner

    Chorizo Skillet Nachos

    I love nachos, I mean who doesn’t, its chips with cheese and meat! I’ve found recently that I love using Chorizo sausage for the meat. It tastes awesome while having the perk of not really needing a lot of extra ingredients to add flavor. Chorizo has all the spice it needs and I typically just add a few ingredients to round out the dish. My go to add ins for chorizo nachos are yellow onion, diced tomato, charred poblano pepper, and grilled corn. The texture and flavors don’t try to compete with the chorizo but complement it perfectly. The benefit to all of these ingredients except for the poblano is…

  • Avocado Bagel Toast
    Breakfast,  Cocktails

    Avocado Bagel Toast and Mimosas

    Avocado Toast has become a super popular breakfast/brunch item. In concept it is super simple, but in reality it allows you to really mix up your breakfast. The basics are obvious, some form of toasted bread and avocado. I found that mashed avocado is really essential to allow you to properly spread it. Bagels are easily one of my favorite breakfast foods. Growing up, my family would sometimes go out to grab bagels from a shop and it was family bonding time. Now that I am grown, I find bagels are a quick, easy breakfast that is good for a grab and go breakfast on my way to work. Rob…

  • French 75 95
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    Masterpiece Cocktail: French 75/95

    For New Years Eve, Rob decided to make a true classic cocktail in two different versions!! The French 75 is a true classic and is named after a French artillery piece as the rumor goes. These have the feel of classic dinner parties, Downton Abbey, or swanky New York/Paris/London clubs. There are a large number of versions of this cocktail that can be made, using all sorts of different citrus or liquors. Another version that we have made, the French 76, uses vodka as the liquor. To really mix it up, you could also use something Chambourd or other fruit liquor to give it a colorful twist. Its super easy…

  • whiskey sour
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    Masterpiece Cocktail: Pomegranate-Rosemary Whiskey Sour

    Whiskey Sours are my absolute favorite cocktail and I have Ina Garten to thank for that. She had a special where she was in Paris and had one at a fancy hotel bar. So, I had Rob, who happens to be an excellent home bartender, make me one and I was hooked. We have made a few variations over the years and the base recipe has served well for experimenting. Its fun posting one of Rob’s cocktail creations on the blog again though. A few years ago when we were first starting off with trying a blog, he had been doing some cocktails for the blog. He did a series…