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…

Cocktail Recipe: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s Snowflake

It’s finally the weekend and I don’t know about you, but I could use a cocktail! The fine folks at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise were kind enough to share the recipe for Walliser Stube’s delicious cocktail, The Snowflake. Now if only I could drink at with stunning Lake Louise in my view! The Snowflake at Walliser…

Homemade Cinnamon Latte (Using Sur La Table’s Automatic Milk Frother)

I was stunned to find a winter wonderland when I opened my backyard door to let my dog outside this morning. (Gabby was possibly more stunned than I and none too thrilled about getting her feet cold.) The minute I saw the dusting of snow, I thought, Today’s the day! One cinnamon latte coming right up. I’ve been…

The Best Homemade Hot Cocoa

I’m a hot cocoa snob. (This probably won’t come as much of a surprise.) I don’t bother with most store bought hot cocoa mixes because they don’t hold a candle to homemade hot cocoa. This quick recipe, though, does not disappoint especially with homemade whipped cream. The Best Homemade Hot Cocoa (Serves three.) 1/3 cup granulated…

Butterscotch Bailey’s Martini

I love shaking up martinis. You get a great arm workout AND a delicious drink! This frothy, butterscotchy treat is as good as it is pretty and it’s so simple to make.   Butterscotch Bailey’s Martini 2 shots Bailey’s 1 shot butterscotch schapps 1/2 shot vanilla vodka 1 shot milk or cream Shake well with…