Cocktails From the Garden: Strawberry-Tini

“Dance as if no one is watching, sing as if no one is listening, and live every day as if it were your last” ~ an Irish toast It’s official, strawberry season is in full effect!  It seems like every farmer’s market stand and grocery store has a huge display of fresh strawberries as soon as you walk through the door.  Perfectly plump and bursting with flavor, now is the time to be stocking up and enjoying the sweet tastes of this summer fruit. ...more
Looks lovely.  can't wait to try them out soon.more

Twitter vs. Cocktail Hour

In the 18th century, to break up the monotony of stoking fires and slaughtering oxen, American housewives tatted, going blind making lace, blissfully unaware that it was the pre-cursor to Hanky Panky thongs. In the 19th century, women had their salons, performing for each other, and leaving us a legacy of reality stars who are talentless, yet revered. In the middle of the 20th century, women stopped with all the activities, and started drinking. Heavily.  The only way out of the tedium of housewifery was the three martini lunch. Eventually, Martinis gave way to the less social Valium, then the more social Prozac, and finally the insanity of Soul Cycle.Today, women no longer need mind altering substances to escape from the numbing tedium of every day life.  We have Twitter.But are drinking and tweeting really all that different?  You decide:...more

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Key Lime Martinis

In this post, I mentioned that I was going to try the Key Lime Martini recipe that I had found.  However, when I looked at it again today, I realized that the recipe called for one ounce of half-and-half.Um, women don't like to drink things that have half-and-half in them (too many calories), unless we're talking about chocolate, too, and I don't think chocolate would taste good in a Key Lime Martini....more
It sounds really good!more

Martinis to Die For

I recently read a book called "The Confession" by John Grisham that has as one of its central issues the death penalty....more

The Martinez Cocktail Evolves: AROMA CUCINA for Honest Cooking

The Martinez Cocktail Evolves: AROMA CUCINA for Honest Cooking The evolution and murky history of the elusive Martinez cocktail. ...more


Over the last couple years, I have developed an affinity for red wines.  I used to be loyal to Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay, but I have deserted them in favor of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  However, I thoroughly enjoy a glass of Prosecco.  I find its bubbles and dryness to be an excellent combination. This enjoyment of Prosecco has ventured into my home bartending menu.  I prefer my cocktails or martinis to be light and fruity but not too sweet.  The addition of this bubbly beverage is a wonderful way to lighten a drink without adding sweetness.   ...more

Ocean Views + Yummy Drinks + Great Company = Perfect Evening

While on our honeymoon in Hawaii, my husband and I enjoyed a relaxing lifestyle.  Days had little schedule to them.  Mornings started slowly with big breakfasts.  Warm weather greeted us around the clock.  And many nights were finished with a cocktail. Our travel agent created a dream trip for us that included stays in three different hotels.  One of these hotels was located along the beach path on the west side of Maui.  On our second night there we discovered a fabulous restaurant that served excellent drinks, Tropica. ...more

A Toast to Summer

Fall is drawing near, but I am trying to hold onto the last few bits of summer.  I continue to wear my flip-flops and shorts, if the weather is above 60.  Salads are still a main fixture on the dinner menu, and the grill is used frequently. ...more