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Cold Nights, Hot Toddies!

26 Nov

The holiday season is upon us. I have to say it is my favorite time of year.  The decorations, the music, gift giving and of course all the yummy food and drink.


I am always looking for a new, tasty and interesting cocktail; this year I came across my dear friend and fellow bloggers recipe for the Ginger Citrus Hot Toddy. I love ginger and I love citrus,  so it must be good…it is not just good but really good! Kimbrough Daniels, cocktail maker and product photographer extraordinaire teamed up with Powell & Mahoney to make this age old libation that is a classic winter warm-up cocktail.


You’ll need:

4 oz Powell & Mahoney’s Old Ballycastle Ginger Mixer

3 oz Freshly squeezed orange juice

1 oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 Tbs Honey

2 oz Water

2 oz Golden Rum

2 oz Brandy

Fresh lime for squeezing and garnish

  1. Pour hot water into mugs to keep them nice and hot while you make the cocktail
  2. In a small saucepan add Powell & Mahoney’s Old Ballycastle Ginger Mixer,orange juice, lemon juice, honey and water, bring to a simmer.
  3. Add rum and brandy, stir to mix.
  4. Divide mixture of goodness into two mugs, squeeze a bit of lime into each mug.
  5. Garnish with a slice of lime and cheers to a hot drink on a cold night!


This recipe makes two generous hot toddies. For other great cocktail recipes check out Kimbroughs blog.

Photos by Kimbrough Daniels

Cocktail Time: The Aperol Spritz

8 Oct

Here is another post inspired by our recent trip to Italy, the delicious cocktail that is quintessentially Italian, the Aperol spritz. As you look around while sitting at any of the beautiful outdoor cafes the Aperol spritz is everywhere.



The cocktail is made with the aperitif Aperol that is produced in Italy by Compari. It is refreshing and slightly bitter with the perfect dose of sweetness. The most common garnish is an orange slice but while I was doing research I came across recipes that used everything; cucumbers, raspberries, thyme, rosemary and olives among others. I chose to use fresh rosemary from our garden. (Also because I forgot to get an orange and didn’t feel like going back to the grocery store…again!)


You’ll need:

3 parts Prosecco

2 parts Aperol

1 part sparkling water

Ice cubes

Garnish of your choice

Add a good amount of ice cubes to a pretty glass, I like a wine glass. Pour the ingredients into the glass, add garnish and begin sipping! Saluti!


This cocktail is also referred to as the 3-2-1 because of the ratio of ingredients.

And if you look closely at the top right of this photo you can see our goat Pepsi…

*Cocktail napkins: Patio Fashions

Holiday Cocktails, Not just for the Holidays!

29 Dec

I would like to apologize for being off the grid for a bit but I’m back.  And now I would like to share with you some really great cocktails. The first one is one that I made for Thanksgiving called the Bourbon Bomber. I am a big fan of bourban so I was looking for something different that would be a good fall drink and go well with Thanksgiving dinner, this was it! I happened to be addicted to pinterest and both of the following recipes were found there.

Bourban Bomber!

Bourban Bomber!

Put the following in a cocktail shaker with several ice cubes:

1/4 cup Bourban (I am partial to Maker’s Mark)

3/4 cup Apple Cider

1/2 tsp agave nectar (be careful, it’s very sweet!)

1/2 tsp allspice

1/2 tsp lemon zest

1/4 tsp nutmeg

a pinch of grated fresh ginger

Shake well, strain over a rocks glass, add a spring of fresh rosemary and top with a dash of bitters….absolutley delicious, just be careful because they go down easily and they are not called the bourban “bomber” for nothing!

My next cocktail is creamy cocktail goodness, it is the Cherry Almond Cream Cocktail, a great dessert drink!

Cherry Almond Cream Coctail

Cherry Almond Cream Cocktail

Put the following into a rocks glass with ice:

3/4 ounce Cherry brandy

3/4 ounce Amaretto

Whole milk (the recipe called for half and half but I found it to be too much)

Cherry for garnish

This is my new favorite, it is absolutely wonderful, I hope you enjoy these as much as we did! Have a happy, healthy and safe New Year!!!!

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