drink recipes

Celebrate the New Year with a Healthy Mocktail

sparkling apple cider vinegar tonic

Like so many, I always tend to start the new year with a health kick—a new gym, yoga, immunity shots, essential oils. I’ve tried it all. This year, instead of suddenly signing up for a gym membership, I’m opting for a healthy mocktail. So, kick off the new year (and dry January, if that’s your thing!) with this healthy sparkling apple cider vinegar tonic. Inspired by alwaysusebutter.com. Read more about Celebrate the New Year with a Healthy Mocktail

Shaking Things Up

cocktail shaker

If I have a party trick, it’s the ability to whip up personalized cocktails on the fly. But it’s much less impressive that you think—anyone who can remember “211” can make a custom cocktail. I specialize in drinks that fall into the “sour” category (think whiskey sour, lemon drop and margarita). These contrast with stronger drinks that are very alcohol-forward (think Manhattan, old-fashioned and martini). Though they may contain a bit of sweetener, they lack the defining tartness of sours. Read more about Shaking Things Up

All That Glitters

cranberry Champagne cocktail

December is full of exciting holidays, events and family-friendly get-togethers—Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve to name a few. Celebrate the season with this festive and glittering swirled cranberry Champagne cocktail—and it just so happens that National Champagne Day falls on December 31, too! Read more about All That Glitters

Witches Brew

Halloween cocktail

Whether you’re hosting a Halloween party, inviting the neighbors over or staying in for a frightening movie night, this bewitching cocktail adds to an unforgettable experience. Prefer a shot to a cocktail? Remove the citrus soda from the recipe for spooky shots instead. Serves 2

To rim the glass:

  • 1 fresh lime
  • 3 drops purple food coloring
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar

For the cocktail: Read more about Witches Brew

The New Dinner Party

Blueberry-Basil Lemonade

I recently helped my college-aged daughter host her first dinner party for her friends. (She said they were just “hanging out,” but it was, in fact, a dinner party.)

Dinner parties aren’t what they used to be, and personally, I am all for it. I don’t have time for what used to be known as entertaining. I’m not putting on a show, nor am I running a restaurant. I’m over the ideas of formal invites, copious advanced planning and multicourse menus. Considering all the socializing we missed last year, who needs any more barriers to getting together? Read more about The New Dinner Party

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