I spent the final night of 2017 in the company of some of my favorite people, ones who I am so lucky to call family. The year had some amazing moments and some I’m quite glad to be leaving behind. We had a bonfire in the backyard around midnight, along with champagne and confetti. We… Continue reading Happy 2018!
I’m a huge fan of old-fashioned flavors not often found in the US, and black currant is one of my favorites. Between that and my love of all things French, it’s no surprise that I love crème de cassis. So when my local farm share offers that I can pick as many black currants as… Continue reading Homemade Crème de Cassis
If you get to know me much at all, you’ll quickly learn that gin is my favorite alcohol for all manner of cocktails. I love how each one can be so different from the next. So when I have the chance to sample new gins – especially unusual local varieties – I eagerly accept. Luckily,… Continue reading Gin Tasting – England Edition
The end of July is always a busy time in my business, and often I don’t slow down enough to celebrate. This year I made time for a casual party with a few friends, cocktails, and croquet. It might be my most laid-back party ever. We didn’t dress up, and the house wasn’t spotless. We grilled… Continue reading Birthday Cocktails and Croquet
For several years in a row I hosted a Spooky Cocktail Party for Halloween, complete with a full assortment of creepy yet elegant Halloween cocktails. A short but sweet menu is key to keeping guests from feeling overwhelmed by too many choices, and also makes the bartender’s job much easier. This was a great party to… Continue reading Getting into the Halloween Spirit
I’m a member of a book club that’s also a drinking club, and most of our meetings feature food and drink related to that month’s selection. Moby Dick* brought cod chowder and Dark and Stormy’s, while Jitterbug Perfume* was accompanied by goat curry and beet cocktails. Yes, you read that right, beet cocktails. First up, our hostess… Continue reading Beet Cocktails