Do This: Make Cookie Cutter Ice Cubes!

Make These: Holiday cocktail ice cubes!

Sometimes I’ll have an idea in my head for something I want to try, and that idea will just never leave. It was last Christmas that I wondered to myself, “Can one make ice cubes in cookie cutters??” The previous holiday season got busy fast, so I never got around to testing that hypothesis out. This go round, as I dusted off my holiday cookie cutters, I decided it was time. I tested my theory. Continue Reading

Make It: Fancy Striped ‘Party’ Ice Cubes!

created at: 04/19/2012

While certainly time-consuming*, these striped “party” ice cubes are sure to take your shindig to the next level!   

The party planning people at Martha Stewart Weddings created three versions of this striped concoction: two boozy and one non-alcoholic. Perfect for any and all guests! Check out what you’ll need to make your own right here.

Happy weekend!

*Definitely make these well ahead of time! Each layer needs about an hour or so in the freezer. Continue Reading

Jazz Up Your Cocktails with Tasty DIY Flavored Syrups

I’m sort of a cocktail aficionado…in that I have a fully-stocked bar cabinet in my house. My favorite parts are the little things that take a drink over the top; that next level that will have your friends asking for your secret. And, friends, flavored syrups are a great way to get there. Check out how you can whip up some of your very own in your kitchen!

Basically, there’s one formula you need to know and then the sky’s the limit. Continue Reading

How to Throw a Mad Men Cocktail Party

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The fourth season of Mad Men is in full gear and I’m not watching it. Why? Because I started watching the series on DVD and I want to continue watching it on DVD–sans commercials and stuff. (Spoiled, huh?) I am DVRing it, but now I’m torn. Do I watch it or wait for the DVDs which will come out in like a year?! Can I wait that long!? Oh the agony! People like those over at Chic and Charming can feel me. Continue Reading

Mad Scientist Mixology: Halloween Cocktail Recipes.

A giant bowl of wispy punch is certainly festive, but a true ghost-host offers their guest customized cocktails that suit their own tastes. Here’s a few ideas to get your fall festivities popping.

Garnishes: ANY mixed drink can get a scary-fun makeover with a frightful garnish. Simply mix up drinks per usual, but sink one of the following into your highball or martini glass:

  • Plastic spider rings
  • Gummy worms
  • Novelty eyeballs
  • A few drops of black and red food coloring
  • Candy corn
  • Plastic skulls or bones

Black Screwdriver

1 1/2 ounces Blavod Black Vodka, chilled
3 ounces Tangerine juice, pulp-free and chilled
Halloween candy (garnish)

 

 

 

 

Jack-O-Latern

1 oz Hennessy VSOP Cognac
1 1/2 oz orange juice
1/2 oz ginger ale
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
orange wheel and lime twist for garnish

Black Martini

3 1/2 oz gin or vodka
1/2 oz blackberry brandy or black raspberry liqueur
orange twist or black olive for garnish

 

Bayou Slime

2 parts Cruzan Dark Rum
6-8 fresh mint leaves
1/2 part Fee Brothers Spiced Cordial Syrup
1 egg white

 

Jack-O-Lantern, ver. Continue Reading

Super Fat Tuesday Cocktail Recipes

Not only is it Super Tuesday, it’s Fat Tuesday as well. So, after you’ve voted, how about making one of these cocktails to celebrate Mardi Gras, which you can sip while watching the returns?

New Orleans Fizz (aka Ramos Gin Fizz)

  • 2 oz gin
  • ½ oz fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp confectioners sugar
  • 2 oz cream or half and half
  • 2 drops orange flower water

Shake all ingredients in shaker with ice. Strain into collins glass. Continue Reading

Halloween Hooch

As they say, candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker, so in the spirit of he season, I’ve scrounged around looking for cocktail recipes that put the howl in Halloween. Here’s some of the spookiest!

Vampire

  • 1 part bourbon whiskey
  • 1 part Drambuie
  • 1 part Dubonnet

Mix with ice and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with a red cherry and a twist of lemon.

Black Magic

  • 1-1/2 oz. Vodka
  • 3/4 oz. Coffee Liqueur
  • dash of lemon

Mix the Vodka and Liqueur with cracked ice in shaker; follow up with the dash of lemon juice. Continue Reading

clinQs: Reusable Drink Stickers

If beaded wineglass charms don't really suit your style…

how about reusable drink decals in a tiki or gnome theme? 

 

 

From clinQs.com :

clinQs are reusable vinyl drink decals.  A perfect accessory to avoid a beverage mix-up.  Ideal for parties, office, gatherings, meetings, conferences, etc.    

clinQs can be used with almost any drink container, from beer cans to your finest stemware.

clinQs are reusable! After use, store the decal on the clinQs  header card, or most any surface (i. Continue Reading

Red, White and Booze: DIY Cocktail Ideas for July 4th

Let’s face it, the Fourth of July is less about independence than fireworks, food and adult refreshments. For the sake of my digits, I’ll leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals, and as I’m a vegetarian, you’d be better served getting barbecue advice from a meat eater, but as a kid who played ‘Bar’ with her older brothers and sisters, I feel somewhat qualified to pass on a few drink recipes.

Yankee Doodle
Combine and serve in a rocks glass over ice:

  • 1 part UV Blue Raspberry-flavored vodka
  • 2 parts sour mix
  • 1 part tonic water

(For a non-alcoholic version, substitute raspberry-flavored fruit juice for vodka.) Continue Reading

Shaken Not Stirred? Stock a Home Bar…

This is a guide (as compiled by my brother, the cocktail barman) to the gadgets and goodies that you really need to stock your home bar/cabinet where you keep the booze. 

  
 

 

1. A SHAKER

Elliot recommends a Boston shaker, these are the ones with the glass top. They are apparently better than the three-piece 'traditional' shaker. When I asked why this was Elliot stared into the middle distance with a look of abject horror on his face and whispered “They jam”…. Continue Reading