Classic Cocktail Series: Whiskey Sour

Whiskey sour. A classic, American cocktail that is a nice balance between a full-flavored liquor and a citrus-based mixer. The oldest historical mention of a whiskey sour comes from a newspaper published in Wisconsin in 1870.

The whiskey sour is a mixed drink containing whiskey (often Bourbon, though the choice is entirely up to the bartender and consumer), lemon juice, sugar, and optionally, a dash of egg white. It’s shaken and served either straight up or over ice. The traditional garnish calls for half an orange slice and a maraschino cherry (here I go again with cherries).

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Classic Cocktail Series: Martini

Martini. Perhaps the most classic of all the cocktails. And the most versatile. You can go to any number of restaurants and find an extensive martini menu: apple, chocolate, lemon, mint, cucumber, strawberry, pineapple, the list goes on. Now, purists will say those are flavored cocktails and not worthy of the label “Martini.”

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Drink of the Month: St-Germain

So I’ve had a slight obsession with St-Germain Liqueur for almost a year now. This French, elderflower delight never ceases to pleasure my palate with its flowery goodness.

One of the first things I do when I step into a bar when I’m in the mood for a cocktail is scan the bottle selection to see if they have this magical cordial. If so, one must immediately check the menu for any bartender specials containing St-Germain. If so, order it. Don’t hesitate. If not, check the knowledge of the barkeep and ask him to get creative and make you something delightfully refreshing. You won’t regret it.

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Chocolate Bourbon Milkshake

One of my best friends from college posted this on Facebook the other night … of course I wanted to share it with you all! She said it’s super easy … and in looking at the recipe, she is right! I’ll have to try this soon. Um, sorry to those who gave up sweets or liquor for Lent. The recipe will be waiting for you after Easter. 🙂

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Déjà vu Friday

I love the weekend. The possibilities. The realities. The adventures!

Friday night I found myself in a liquor store while on a date – he is also a beer nut, but not quite as fanatical as me … we’re working on this. 😉 It was fun and a really cute way to spend time together. I am trying to learn what he likes and what he doesn’t like so we can explore new beers together – okay enough gushing. Well, as we were walking to the beer section of the store, I did a double take. I couldn’t believe what I saw! I had all but forgotten about this item and that I’ve tried it.

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