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I have been very busy lately putting together specialty cocktail menus for clients. We now have over 25 events for 2015 and 4 more events already booked for 2016. My cocktail menus have been a real difference maker for clients wishing to have something extra, special, and unique for themselves and their guests. Below you will find a collection of cocktails with recipes that we are serving right now for the winter and early spring months. This is the time of year when darker spirits are in vogue and can make some really good cocktails.

Cocktail Spotlight - Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum is a favorite winter drink because it is both sweet and warm, which is just the kind of comfort we gravitate toward on the coldest days of the year. It is celebrated nationally on January 17th. It is an easy drink to make (main recipe below), though does take a little bit of time. This is where making the Hot Buttered Rum Mix ahead of time comes in handy.

The Hot Toddy

January 11th is "National Hot Toddy Day". This post is meant to celebrate this classic wintry cocktail when we need it most.

Warm and toasty and just in time for winter, the Hot Toddy is a classic hot drink and it is very simple to make. The basic recipe only requires a base liquor, honey, lemon, and tea, though some people prefer to skip the tea bag.

It will be a matter of personal taste as to which of the liquors you choose for your toddy. Brandy, rum, and whiskey each bring their own characteristics to the drink and make great drinks.

Wine Spotlight - Great Value Wines This Holiday Season

The global winemaking landscape is in the midst of a bright, shining era. Historical winemaking practices are going head-to-head with new, innovative ideas, resulting in an abundance of complex, age-worthy wines. These unfamiliar picks offer a snapshot of some of the most impressive wines that will cost you less than $50 to have yourself or give as a gift.
 

Donna Fugata 2012 Anthìlia Sicilia Bianco ($15)

Champagne Do's And Don'ts - Be The Toast Of The Town

Champagne should be an all-the-time drink. But it’s especially appropriate this time of year, as everyone jolts from holiday party to holiday party. It’s time to get some expert advice on the sparkly stuff. A few myths debunked and some surprising tidbits from the correct glassware (hint - it’s not a flute) to why popping a cork should be graceful.

By Request - Champagne Cocktails For The Season

This post is dedicated to my childhood friend and awesome gal, Colleen McCollum, who is a big champagne fan and asked me to do this post. These champagne-type cocktails are perfect for the holidays and for celebrating special occasions. Champagne/Sparkling Wine is synonymous with celebrations, but has become an all-season and all-occasion drink of choice for many people.

 

Cocktail Spotlight - Cocktail And Mocktail Of The Week

While I work on my next award-winning book, blog posts will be limited, but I will be offering up a 'cocktail and a mocktail of the week' for all you avid cocktail enthusiastsand non-drinkers. The featured cocktails and mocktails will be seasonal as well as some of my personal favorites that are proven and stood the test of time...Happy Mixing!

Cocktail Spotlight - December Cocktails That Will Warm Your Soul

I've been waiting with much anticipation to unveil my warming and decadent December cocktails. It's that time of year to round up your family, friends and neighbors and host an epic holiday party that will dazzle them and be the talk of the town for months to come. What better way to bring people together and combat those seasonal winter blues.

Cocktail Spotlight - Thanksgiving Festive Cocktails

Pumpkin Toddy (complex)

  • 1 oz Laird’s Bonded Apple Brandy
  • .5 oz Rittenhouse Bonded Rye Whiskey
  • .5 oz Lemon juice
  • .5 oz Grade B maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Pumpkin puree
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 5 oz Boiling water
  • Garnish: Grated cinnamon
  • Glass: Irish Coffee Mug

Prep - Add all ingredients except the water to a preheated mug. Top with the boiling water and stir to combine. Top with grated cinnamon.

 

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