Hurricanes

A classic New Orleans cocktail that’s perfect for Mardi Gras! Several years ago I had the most delicious hurricane at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop in New Orleans. Lafitte’s is the oldest bar in the United States, having served pirates in the 1700s, and makes a mean hurricane today. I wrote about that trip and noted Lafitte’s…

Pirate Eggnog

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for The Rose Table It’s beginning to look like a Captain Morgan Christmas! If you want a superior spiked eggnog recipe, shake Captain Morgan 1671 with your favorite eggnog and a pinch of cinnamon. My brother and I, we’re Captain Morgan people. We love Captain Morgan so much…

Mai Tai

When I think Hawaiian cocktails, I think mai tai. The problem is, the classic mai tai is not what most people associate with a mai tai. The original is two ounces rum, one ounce lime juice, one half ounce orange syrup, one half ounce orange liqueur, and a mint sprig but when I think mai…

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…

Captain Jack Sparrow Cupcakes

“I had no idea when you and your brother were small that I was raising pirates.” My mom said that to me just the other day. I’m not sure if she was referring to me and my brother’s affinity for the ocean, rum, swearing, or our general swashbuckling demeanor but either way, it made me laugh!…

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…

Bananas Foster Layer Cake

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Bananas foster is my favorite non-chocolate dessert. I can’t get enough! I often make traditional bananas foster sauce at home to serve over vanilla ice cream. You can absolutely save this recipe for that OR you can take the sauce and turn it into a frosting like…