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    Cucumber Tom Collins

    After a weekend off, Rob is back with a new cocktail creation perfect for these hot summer days. Nothing says light and easy like this Cucumber Tom Collins. I love when Rob makes these because they are just so refreshing and with pretty much no sugar or anything. The Tom Collins is the quintessential mid-century American backyard cocktail. I’m sure you can picture it: a citrusy, fizzy cocktail in a tall glass. Think back to any movie involving that time period and they probably are drinking them in it. Its given way to beer in many ways as the cookout drink of choice, but I still love it. It was…

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    Blackberry Ward 8

    Rob’s got a new variation on my favorite cocktail of all time: the Whiskey Sour. The whiskey sour is a super versatile cocktail base and there are some classic variations that have become their own classics. The Ward 8 is one such off-shoot that has stood the test of time. It traces its history back to turn-of-the-century Boston, where it takes its name from one of the voting divisions of the city. Its one of those old cocktails that have a number of origin stories surrounding it. Rob loves that kind of cocktail, they are well established, but don’t necessarily have a “right/wrong” recipe. Traditionally, the mixers for the Ward…

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    July 4th Chelsea Sidecar

    I love that I have a husband who likes helping with things like cooking, cleaning, blogging, and, best of all, bartending!! He has been really exploring the bartending recently, coming up with some great cocktail combos for the blog. With it being the 4th of July, there were so many possible fruit/drink combos that fit with the theme. He has a book with a whole bunch of cocktails in it, so he went looking for something classically American. He found one pretty quickly that seemed like a great starting place: the Chelsea Sidecar. The classic Sidecar is associated with the Ritz Hotel in Paris and is made with Brandy or…

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    Strawberry-Kiwi Margarita

    Rob is back again with another Sunday happy hour cocktail. This time it’s all about a classic fruit combo to make a fresh new marg variation. Strawberry and kiwi are a pretty natural flavor combo; I mean who didn’t grow up drinking some juice drink with that combo? I like that Rob kept a good lime base so that the cocktail wouldn’t end up too sweet. If you have looked at any of the other cocktail posts on the blog, you know I prefer tart to sweet. The overall flavor was really great, slightly sweet and reminiscent of those classic childhood drinks. For margs, I almost always prefer them on…

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    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…

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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…

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    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.…

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    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…

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    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…

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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…