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THE C & O COCKTAIL

Named for the wonderful C&O restaurant in Charlottesville where I first had this cocktail, this drink has a little bit of everything. Campari – a booze trend I’m seeing everywhere now – soaked in coffee beans and chiles de arbol, with bourbon and Carpano Antica vermouth sounds like an oddball mix, but the flavors are deep and rich, and feel […]
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FUN WITH COTTON CANDY!

I love that cotton candy has become a food trend – popping up on pinterest boards, instagram photos, and even on some inventive menus. It’s the perfect cross section of nostalgic and ephemeral. It sticks to your fingers if you hold it too long and dissolves on your tongue instantly. There’s a reason why fairy floss is the perfect name […]
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THE TURTLE DOVE

Inspired by the Paloma, which means dove in Spanish, I named this whiskey/grapefruit combination after a dove found in Kentucky – the turtle dove. The bright and slightly bitter grapefruit juice is perfect with the slightly sweet and smokey whiskey.   INGREDIENTS 2 ounces whiskey 1 ounce grapefruit juice 1 teaspoon simple syrup grapefruit bitters dash of vanilla extract DIRECTIONS […]
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THE HUDSON

North of Manhattan lies the Hudson River Valley, home to historic estates, granite cliffs, former factory towns, orchards, undulating farmland, and a hundred other things worth seeing. For this rich, herb-fueled take on the Manhattan, the Hudson River Valley seemed like the perfect touchstone for its name. INGREDIENTS 2 1/2 ounces rye whiskey 1/2 ounces amaro averna 1/2 ounces benedictine […]
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THE DOWN LOW

This is my new favorite cold weather cocktail. Imagine it like a martini plus. The plus part is the touch of angostura bitters and the walnut liqueur. The first sip is bright and refreshing, but quickly yields to the mellow, honeyed flavor of the liqueur with a subtle bite from the bitters. The down low is cozy yet refreshing at […]
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THE S’MEACH COCKTAIL

One of my favorite summer recipes is the S’meach (S’mores + Peach). By replacing the chocolate with fresh peaches rolled in brown sugar and cayenne pepper, you get a fresh, juicy, roasted peach flavor that when combined with a toasted marshmallow is just…wow. It is so delicious, I thought why not share the love in cocktail form too? Muddled peaches […]
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IRISH APPLE TART

Irish whiskey + apple tart = a delicious, non girly cocktail.  This isn’t some apple-tini nonsense, this is a legit drink.  The spiciness of the Irish whiskey, the herbaceousness of the benedictine, and the flavors of the applejack are the base for this delicious cocktail.  Bottoms up! INGREDIENTS ice 2 ounces irish whiskey 1 ounces applejack .5 ounces benedictine 2 […]
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OLD CUBAN

If a mojito and a champagne cocktail got together for a night of rumba, the Old Cuban would be the result. It’s refreshing, light, and just the thing to sip while dancing. Enjoy! INGREDIENTS 1 ounce fresh lime juice 1/2 ounce simple syrup 4 mint leaves, torn 2 ounces aged rum 2 dashes angostura bitters 2 ounces sparkling wine DIRECTIONS […]
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FARMER’S BRUNCH

This is my kind of brunch drink. It’s bright, it’s boozy, a bit floral, and it has rosé involved.  I named it the farmer’s brunch because of the farmer’s market strawberries, but any farm fresh fruit would be just lovely in this.  It really is a celebration of fresh fruit flavors, so maybe it’s sort of sangria-y, sort of wine […]
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THE PINEAPPLE SMASH

Smokey mezcal and chipotle are balanced out by rum and pineapple honeyed sweetness. This is sort of like a “south of the border” old fashioned, with some island vibes thrown in.  INGREDIENTS 2 chunks pineapple angostura bitters 1 big pinch chipotle powder 2 ounces mezcal 1 ounce rum 1 teaspoon maraschino DIRECTIONS Muddle the pineapple, bitters, and chipotle in the […]
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