Cocktail of the Month: Apple Mojito

The mojito is pure refreshment. I remember my first encounter with the mojito, thinking it was too good to be true.  Mint, lime, and sparkling water bring a freshness that can’t be beat. When made properly the rum is only slightly noticed, making it a dangerous concoction for afternoons on the patio.  In an effort to […]

Treat of the Week: Grasshopper Pie Dessert Cups

Happy Pie (pi or 3.14) Day! I hope your day is filled with all sorts of pie, sweet and savory. Start the day with a quiche florentine, maybe have a pulled pork empanada for lunch, pot pie for dinner, and finish it all off with a mile-high lemon meringue. That’s just my recommendation. Tweak it […]

Cocktail of the Month: The Grasshopper

grasshopper cocktail recipe

The story of the grasshopper is fairly cut and dry. The sweet, minty concoction began as an entry into a cocktail contest in New York City. The man behind the magic was Philibert Guichet Jr., owner of Tujaque’s bar and restaurant in New Orleans. Interestingly, the recipe won the second place prize. What makes this […]

Liquoriously Speaking: Lavender Infused Vodka

lavender infused vodka recipe

It all started when I ran out of gin. Patio season was in full swing, the May afternoons were perfect for sipping those fine botanicals on the rocks with tonic and a wedge of lime to complete the holy trinity of spring cocktails. However tonight it would not be, the gin was gone. “Where did […]

Patio Perfect: Pitcher Cocktails

pitcher cocktail recipes

Spring. The birds are chirping, the sun begins to shine a little more, and all over people start venturing outside to enjoy the greatest of all man-made features…the patio. Yes, It is once again patio season. Time to hose down the patio furniture, hang a few ferns, crank up the warm weather tunes, invite a […]

Treat of the Week: Chocolate Tart with Mint Mascarpone Cream

chocolate tart with mint mascarpone recipe

I have often wondered how someone stumbled upon the perfect pairing of chocolate and mint. These two, it seems, were made for each other.  Apart, they each enjoy good chemistry with a variety of other flavors, but when they come together it is sheer magic.  They are the Liz Taylor and Richard Burton of culinary […]

Cocktail of the Month: Watermelon Cooler

watermelon cooler cocktail recipe

Summer is in full swing and things are hot! hot! hot! Cool refreshment is in high demand and we have just the solution. The cocktail of the month for July is a super simple Watermelon Cooler. The ingredients are fresh and refreshing. The crushed watermelon is sweet and countered nicely with just enough citrus from the lime juice. […]

Cocktail of the Month: Cardamom Berry Smash

cardamom berry smash cocktail recipe

In June anything is possible. The summer is just beginning and with it holds the infinite possibilities of warm nights and fireflies, country roads and swimming holes, and the knowledge that for 3 whole months it is perfectly acceptable to stare at the summer stars and simply dream. What better way to celebrate the official […]

Treat of the Week: Mint Chocolate Vacherin

We have dedicated each Treat of the Week this month to chocolate.  The first week we gave you Chocolate Hazelnut Mille Crepe and last week, one of my all-time favorites… truffles.  This week we lighten things up just a bit with a light and airy meringue base for our dessert.  It makes the perfect backdrop […]

Two for Tuesday Tips: Keeping Mint and Sharp Shears

quick tips

Our garden has an overabundance of mint at the moment. We have used it for everything you can imagine from mojitos to salads, but it keeps coming.  After dropping off several herb bundle gifts around the neighborhood, we decided it was time to store some for the months ahead when the crop might not be as […]