Singapore Sling

A sling is an old fashioned gin-based cocktail. Originally made with lemon juice, it’s more often served with pineapple juice nowadays. You could make this cocktail by the glass or a big pitcher for a party. I came up with this for Disney Dinners: Mulan. The gin complements the pineapple juice, making this refreshing and…

La Belle et la Bête

I tweaked a simple champagne cocktail for Disney Dinners: Beauty and the Beast. La Belle et la Bête is a mix of Chambord, a French mixed berry liqueur, and Veuve Clicquot, my favorite champagne. It’s French and fabulous and whimsical, thanks to the strawberry roses on the side. Shout out to my friend Rebecca for…

French 75

One of the best champagne cocktails I’ve ever had was the French 75 at Arnaud’s in New Orleans. (Read about my trip here.) I have long since wanted to recreate Arnaud’s French 75 and I think I’ve finally done it. This, my friends, is one hell of a cocktail. Simple syrup is easy to make…

Champagne Rose

Are you sick of me raving about Chambord? Because I am not sick of drinking it! This two-second champagne hack is sure to impress your friends and is better than any champagne cocktail I’ve ordered at a restaurant. I hope you love this rose-hued drink as much as I do! This may very well become my…

Chambord Manhattan

 I’ve been trying out Chambord recipes lately using my beautiful bottle of black raspberry liqueur. Chambord Liqueur is an infusion of premium raspberries, blackberries, black raspberries, black currant, Madagascar vanilla, and cognac. YUM! It’s made in a chateau in France and makes a damn fine cocktail. The Chambord Manhattan is strong and sassy and you’ll…

The Oldest Rum Punch Recipe in the Caribbean

There’s something very special about the West Indies island of Nevis that not nearly enough people are talking about it: it’s home to the oldest rum punch recipe in the Caribbean. Hermitage Nevis claims that its 300 year-old recipe for rum punch is in fact the first of its kind. The plantation resort dates back…

Cocktails with Kyle

Kyle Hilla is a critically acclaimed liquid architect here in Dallas. If you follow the drink scene, I’m sure you’ve heard of him. Considered one of the best bartenders in Dallas, he now manages the bar at Smoke Dallas, Smoke Plano, Bar Belmont, and The Theodore. He also happens to the husband of one of…

Boozy Eggnog

To say this is boozy eggnog is really a gross understatement. If you want it less boozy, add about two cups more eggnog for a less in-your-face recipe. Otherwise stir is up and watch the party get started! Boozy Eggnog 1 quart chilled eggnog 5 oz brandy 4 oz dark rum 3 oz dark creme de cacao Cinnamon, nutmeg Whisk…

Mistletoe Punch

I’m calling this Mistletoe Punch because you can’t really taste the alcohol even though there’s plenty of it. It really sneaks up on you, just like mistletoe! Mistletoe Punch 64 oz cherry juice 1 bottle whipped cream vodka 1 bottle champagne Stir together all three ingredients. Keep chilled with a festive ice ring! Serving suggestion:…

Because We All Need a Cocktail

This is a public service announcement for my Dallas-Fort Worth readers: Contemporary Theatre of Dallas (5601 Sears Avenue, Dallas, TX) has a bar located INSIDE THE THEATRE and they have show-themed cocktails for just $6! You have two weekends left to see As We Lie Still, a new musical directed by the wonderful Michael Serrecchia. Tickets to the show are…

Frozen Piña Colada

What more does a gal need on a Thursday night than a homemade frozen piña colada in a pool? My thought process while drinking this: How fabulous is this?! Why don’t I make these all the time? Gosh, you can hardly even taste the alcohol. Could be dangerous! Could this go down any smoother? I may…

Tropical Strawberry Banana Smoothie

My mother is a saint for how many times she washed her blender for me growing up. I’m sure this is an exaggeration, but I feel like I easily had 3-4 smoothies a week during my childhood. It’s a great way to get kids to eat fruit and such a healthy practice that I still try to…