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August 5, 2011

Cucumber Mint Martini

1 cup chopped cucumber, peeled and deseeded
6 sprigs mint
3 oz. dry gin
1 oz. Cointreau
2 Tablespoons simple syrup
2 oz. soda

In cocktail shaker:
Muddle cucumber and 4 mint sprigs
Add gin, Cointreau, simple syrup and soda
Shake vigorously
Strain into a chilled martini glass
Garnish with mint sprig

Substitute triple sec for Cointreau, add 1 Tablespoon simple syrup

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July 23, 2011

Sweet Corn & Basil Mojito


1 Tablespoon whole sweet corn kernels, cooked

1 Tablespoon simple syrup

5 leaves fresh basil

3 drops Bittercube Bitters Jamaica #1

3 oz. rum

Soda to fill


Roughly chop basil

Place in a Collins glass with simple syrup and sweet corn kernels

Add ice and bitters

Add rum, top with soda

Sweet Corn & Basil Mojito

July 4, 2011

Red, White & Blue Sangria

A refreshing alternative to a red sangria made especially for the 4th of July


1 bottle white wine; Riesling, Pinot Grigio or Vinho Verde

1/2 bottle club soda

1 white nectarine, sliced

1/2 cup blueberries, only use fresh blueberries since frozen blueberries will discolor the drink

1/2 cup strawberries, quartered


Pour wine and soda into large pitcher, add fruit. Refrigerate for up to 12 hours.

Enjoy in a Collins glass over ice, garnish with fruit from the sangria.


Freeze the nectarines slices the night before

Call it a Blue, White & Red Sangria and serve for Bastille Day

June 15, 2011

Ruddy Radish

Bloody Mary made with radish infused gin. Ideal for a morning on the patio in early summer.


2 oz. radish infused gin

5oz. tomato juice

4-8 splashes of Worcestershire sauce

4-8 splashes of hot sauce

1 teaspoon brine

pinch black pepper

pinch smoked salt

1 pickled ramp

1 asparagus spear, blanched


Mix liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.

Strain chilled ingredients into a Collins glass filled with ice

Place asparagus spear and ramp in glass

Garnish with salt, pepper


*Rim glass with celery salt

Ruddy Mary

June 12, 2011

Rosemary Citrus Martini


1 part Rosemary Vodka

2 part sparkling lemonade

Twist of lemon

Sprig rosemary


Gently mix vodka and lemonade in a shaker over ice

Strain into chilled martini glass

Garnish with twist of lemon wrapped around rosemary sprig


*Rim glass with sugar

*If you don’t have sparkling lemonade, mix juice of 1/2 lemon with sparkling water and 1/2 teaspoon sugar

Rosemary Citrus Martini

June 7, 2011


A refreshing summertime drink inspired by the Bellini, the classic mixture of peach puree and sparkling wine. Also serves as great gluten free alternative to a shandy, beer mixed with lemonade.


1 part Rhubarb Simple Syrup

3 parts hard cider


Pour all ingredients over ice in a Collins glass


*Rim the glass with sugar and serve with a thin rhubarb stalk

Rhubarb Bellini


June 7, 2011

Rhubarb Wine Spritzer

1 part Vinho Verde
1 part Rhubarb Simple Syrup
2 parts sparkling water

Mix all ingredients in a large Collins glass over ice.

Rhubarb & Wine Spritzer

Rhubarb & Vinho Verde Spritzer

June 7, 2011

Rhubarb Simple Syrup


4 C chopped rhubarb
1/2 cup sugar
2 cup water


Combine everything in a heavy-bottomed sauce pan and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer and cook gently until the fruit is soft and the liquid has thickened, about 30 minutes.

Ladle into a fine strainer that has been placed over a large bowl. Strain until most of the liquid is in the bowl. Give a little press on the solids with a spoon to extract more syrup.

As a bonus, the solids make a delicious unfinished jam. Place in a sealed jar in the refrigerator and serve over toast.

Adapted from the fabulous recipe at