J Bar Margarita

I have always been a fan of margaritas but am always hesitant when ordering them out at a restaurant as so many places use bottled mixes that consists mainly of corn syrup. The best margaritas are made from scratch when you squeeze fresh limes and make your own mix. My brother, Jay, has mastered many…

Hot Apple Bourbon Cider

When the snow is falling, there is nothing better than sitting by the blazing fire (including socially distanced bonfires) while sipping on hot cider in the presence of family & friends. That is unless it’s spiked with bourbon! Even here in south Florida, it was 47 this morning. I think that justifies this hot cocktail….

Watermelon Basil Vodka Slushies

Sometimes a vodka soda is just not going to cut it. Step up your cocktail game with this frozen concoction that reflects the flavors of a sunny, summer afternoon. Ingredients 1/2 Cup Vodka 1 Cup Simple Syrup Half a Watermelon, puréed 1 Lime, juice only 10 Basil leaves, chopped 4 Cups Ice Cut the watermelon into chunks, and place…

Saketini

When splurging on a flavorful meal, it’s important not to neglect your beverage. While wine is always a good go-to, some dishes just require a different twist….like a twisted cucumber garnish in a sake cocktail. And well, why not add vodka? This Saketini is a fantastic match with Asian meals, such as  the Asian Sobo Noodles or…

Red Sangria

What is nice about this version of sangria is that it does not contain any of the sweet liquors like most sangrias. The carbonation of the Izze Sparkling Water and San Pellegrino add a nice refreshing kick to the sweet red wine. And who doesn’t love a cocktail with fresh fruit? Ingredients Diced Fruit: 1…

Pretty-in-Pink Bubbles

Erin was pregnant with her first baby, a little DIVA!, so we decided to throw her a surprise baby shower. Lauren created several baby themed beverages for the event. Don’t worry – the future Mama stayed away from the concoctions! Ingredients for 1 Cocktail 1 ounces Raspberry Liquor, such as Chambord 4 ounces Champagne Splash…

Pickled Pig Bloody Mary

Sunday Brunch & Bloody Mary’s go together like PB&J. Some Bloody Mary’s though can lack a depth of flavor and leave you feeling like you’re sipping on chilled condensed tomato soup. The key is starting with a high quality tomato juice, preferably organic with no corn syrup. Pickle juice adds a layer of saltiness and…