• Food & Drink

    Cheers | To Bonny (again!)

    As promised, today I have the second installment of cocktails inspired by Bonny’s liquor cabinet. When Karen and I were brainstorming ideas, she said she had that Malibu Rum in her cabinet, too, because it was a necessary ingredient in one of her favorite vacation cocktails, a Charleston Sunset from Fleet Landing (in Charleston) Fleet Landing uses Peach Schnapps, which Bonny doesn’t have, but Karen substituted a little syrup from a can of peaches and declared it a success. Sunset Cocktail (inspired by Fleet Landing) 1 oz vodka 1 oz coconut rum 1 oz pineapple juice 1 oz orange juice 1-1/2 oz cranberry juice 1/2 oz peach juice (from a…

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    Cheers | To Bonny.

    A couple of weeks back when I shared my Old Fashioned recipe, Bonny and I ended up exchanging a few emails in response to her comment. The gist of our discussion was that the drinks always looked good, but she never had the ingredients … and honestly, my love of gin and bourbon didn’t really appeal. A few emails in, I wrote: “It seems like our cocktail habits overlap a lot less than ALL the other things we have in common might suggest. So I’d like to challenge myself (probably with the help of my sister) to come up with a Cheers that you 1) would like and 2) could…

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    Cheers | Cranberry Mule.

    I was a little late to the Mule Party because I was under the most mistaken impression that Mules were vodka drinks. But once I tried one with gin, and found a spicy ginger beer (that comes in diet!) … well, it’s now a favorite. For warm weather mules, I use lemon juice, gin and ginger beer (the classic recipe uses lime juice, vodka and ginger beer). With the holidays approaching, I started looking for something that wasn’t quite so citrusy. I found a delicious recipe that uses apple cider in place of some of the citrus (of course I substituted gin for the vodka, but I kept the lime). And…

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    Cheers | Running with Scissors.

    For several months, now, my sister and I have been trying out cocktails when we get together for our regular Wednesday evening knitting. It was my turn to host this week and I wanted to use Spiced Pear Liqueur (because finally fall). The helpful folks at St. George Spirits have compiled a bunch of recipes and I decided to riff the Running through Orchards. It was delicious, so I’m sharing my version with y’all. I thought about calling it “Everything but the Kitchen Sink” because the list of ingredients uses about half the bottles in my liquor cabinet, but Running with Scissors seems much more fun! Running with Scissors (inspired…

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    Think Write Thursday | Staying Cool.

    Today’s Think Write Thursday topic is tell us what you do to beat the heat! We’re deep into summer here and some of us love the heat and some of us hate it but either way we all have to cope with it. What do you do that works for you? Share your tips, stories and more on coping with summer heat! I’ve lived in the South for most of my life (which still seems crazy, but it’s most definitely true!) and I have to say that the number one thing is air conditioning. I do love fresh air and sunshine, but when the heat index gets into triple digits,…

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    Cheers | 19 Crimes.

    Have y’all heard about this wine? I discovered it at Costco last December. It’s $8.49 a bottle and remarkably drinkable. Everyone I’ve shared it with loves it … even more when I tell them how much it costs! It wasn’t until I was well into the second case, though, that I read the story. …and a few bottles later that I discovered the corks. My collection has been stalled for the last couple of weeks (in spite of buying a bottle at Sara’s TJ’s last weekend … I was sure Wisconsin would offer up a different crime, but nope, it was another #4.) …until last night! Truly, the only thing…

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    Cheers | Seven Dials.

    Waterlogue’s Illustration My sister found the recipe and shared it with me last week. I only had to buy grenadine and apple juice to mix it up today. It’s kind of a crazy mix of flavors, but it works! …and it was the perfect accompaniment to our typical Wednesday evening conversation (family. books. knitting.) and tonight, the weather. She’s driving to Florida tomorrow and I’m flying to Madison. I think I’m going to have the easier time packing … Madison looks like Atlanta right now! Hope your week is going well. Cheers to Wednesday!

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    Cheers | Spiced Pear Collins.

    I had a different post planned for today, but my sister-in-law made this cocktail for our gathering this afternoon and I knew it was what I really needed to share.  Because I’m guessing – like me – y’all have the ingredients in your post-Thanksgiving refrigerators. and you might – like me – be ready for something other than wine. and of course – it’s Friday! Here’s the link to the recipe; Lydia said she followed it pretty much as written, except she used more pears for the purée. Once we got home, I realized I only had one pear left, but plenty of applesauce, so I added that to make…

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    Cheers | Fall Classic.

    I was inspired by Carole a few weeks back to pickup some apple cider and ginger beer and try a new bourbon cocktail. I found the cider, but not the beer and my sister suggested I try her favorite fall cocktail – a Fall Classic. Thank goodness the apple cider keeps well, because it took me a while to track down the rest of the ingredients (apple brandy and thyme simple syrup). I finally mixed up a batch of these last weekend and knew I had to share it with y’all. Fall Classic (from Bon Appetit, November 2012) 1/2 cup sugar 15 sprigs thyme 2 tablespoons apple brandy (I used…