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Celebrating National Rum Day

Everything under the sun has its own day. And today is rum’s chance! (Apparently August is also National Rum Month, but that seems to be pushing it a little.) Rum is probably my favorite spirit. It encompasses so many different possibilities. Sweet, spicy, dry, fiery, toasted, smoky, mixed in a cocktail, or enjoyed on its … Read more

Some Holiday Cocktails to Try

The bars are closed on Christmas, but that doesn’t mean a festive cocktail wouldn’t hit the spot. You just have to mix it up yourself. Here are some suggestions to get you started.       Whiskey Highball 2 oz Bourbon or Rye WhiskeyLemon-Lime Soda or Ginger Ale4 Dashes of Aromatic or Angostura Bitters Build over … Read more

Christmas Party Cocktail Recipes

Here are the recipes for the specialty cocktails we served at our Christmas party. They all seemed popular with our guests. Poinsettia PunchAdapted from a recipe by Frank Cisneros, Gin Palace in NYC 1 1/2 oz Gin3/4 oz Lemon Juice1/2 oz Cinnamon Syrup1/2 oz Grenadine1 tsp. St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram2 Dashes Angostura Bitters Shake with ice, … Read more

Christmas Party Cocktail Menu

Here’s the drinks menu from our big Christmas party last weekend. The most popular were the Spiced Pear Margarita and Grand Cherry Tiki. The only one I had was a Poinsettia Punch, and it was delicious. I’ll share the recipes later this week. Tiki LoungeChristmas Party Today’s Specials Tom and JerryA 19th-century variation on Egg … Read more

Tips on Making Punch from David Wondrich

Punch is the host’s best friend. Easily made ahead of time, you can have everything in place when your guests arrive, allowing you to relax and enjoy the party. It also enables you to immediately serve your friends a refreshing, delicious beverage without having to ask what they want and try to mix it up … Read more

Valentine’s Day Cocktails

Valentine’s Day is upon us once again. Some adore this celebration of love. Others find it the most depressing holiday of the year. Either way, you’re going to need a drink. Here are a few suggestions for cocktails to mix up for your sweetie — or yourself. Champagne is probably the perfect drink for Valentine’s … Read more