Posts Labeled ‘cocktails’

Ginger Vodka Cocktails

In December, we spent a day at Terrain at Styer’s in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. While there, we had the opportunity to infuse vodka with ginger. This week we tested that vodka in a few different drinks. Here are our top picks.

Ginger Cranberry Cocktail via Food Network The combo of ginger simple syrup and ginger vodka makes this cocktail super gingery


Blackberry and Ginger Cocktail via Bon Appétit


The Pear-adise cocktail from Food & Wine is refreshing and delicious. Also, we poured some of the vodka on the rocks, topped it off with some seltzer and found it to be very smooth.

If you need tips on how to infuse vodka with ginger, check on these instructions.

Peach Bourbon Cocktail

We love this peach bourbon cocktail from Garden and Gun. It’s a deliciously refreshing riff on an Old Fashioned.  We recommend trying it with ginger beer rather than club soda. Check out the full list of ingredients and the instructions here.


Peach Bourbon Cocktail via Garden and Gun

Summer Entertaining

Summer is a time to relax, have fun and entertain. Have you decided to throw a summer party but are stumped on clever ideas to create a fun event? Try a couple of new summer recipes.  And why not get your guests playing a classic game of croquet, in all white of course!

Cute summer invite, via Shutterfly

Cocktails and croquet...wear white, via L.L. Bean

A new twist on a refreshing summer fruit, via

Great summer sangria, via

Light up the party with these string lights, via Ballard Designs

1920’s-Inspired Signature Drinks

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby provides a luscious, opulent perspective of the 1920’s. Influencing fashion, events, and decor, the movie gives a fresh take on 1920’s flair. As you consider your signature drink for cocktail hour, keep in mind these revamped classics.

French 75 - lemon, gin, and simple syrup topped off with champagne, via Epicurious, Photo Credit Elizabeth Perrin


Bee's Knees

Gin, honey and lemon combine to make the Bee's Knees, via LA Weekly, photo credit Eric Alperin


Southside Cocktail Recipe

Gin meets lime, mint and seltzer to create a refreshing Southside, via Inspired Taste



With a wide variety of options, the Highball offers a classic your guests will love, via Time Out Chicago, photo credit Martha Williams

How to Have a Well-Stocked Bar

Beckett Bar Cart from Williams Sonoma

Recently, I worked on an at-home party where we were offering an open bar. It required purchasing some of the key staples of a bar and ensuring it will be well-stocked for any request.

Today I found this great article in Matchbook magazine that has a host of tips and tricks on stocking a bar. It covers everything from bar tools to decor to a comprehensive list of alcohol and mixers. If you are considering building or updating your home bar, it’s well worth the read.

Once you’ve purchased your supplies, check out Elle Decor‘s review of the top 10 best bar carts.



Tea Forte cocktail infusions

Tea Forte, well-known for its delicious assortment of tea flavors, is now branching out into the world of mixology. They offer several different infusion flavors that quickly turn a regular cocktail into something fresh and creative. Simply pour alcohol over the infuser, wait for it to steep, and get ready for a delicious beverage.

Their Mixology Set, with two infusion chambers, eight infusers, and a recipe booklet would make a great holiday gift.

Herbacious Beverages

Looking for ways to enhance  your favorite summer drinks?  Fresh herbs can provide sublte or exotic flavor that is sure to delight your tastebuds!  From cocktails, to lemonade, to iced tea, here are some refreshing recipes to try.

Rosemary Infused Peach Bellini

Watermelon-Basil Margaritas

Blackberry-Mint Julep

Lavendar Lemonade

Cinnamon-Orange Iced Tea


Herb-infused simple syrups can be made in advance and used to sweeten sparkling water or other beverages.  For a variety of simple syrup recipes, click here.