Well, guys, the end is nigh... Just kidding. But the end of 2016 is really nigh, and it is time for my annual reflections on the past year. 2016 was quite the formative period for yours truly: I re-branded my site, which turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made, taught my first food photography class and subsequently a handful of others, did my first cooking demo (thanks to all of you who attended!), and joined forces with three other food babes to form Salt + Sage Collective. But the year wasn't all fun and games. As most of you know, this . . .
Have you heard of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing? It's basically the Superbowl of horse-racing that's comprised of three races: the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. Truth be told, I knew almost nothing of the event either (apart from this awesome scene in Pretty Woman, of course) except that the Kentucky Derby involves wearing big hats and sipping on mint juleps. But did you know the other two races boast their own signature race-day cocktails? This year, Maker’s Mark whisky is celebrating derby season by partnering with some . . .
I realize the term 'white wine spritzer' conjures the image of a watered down, flavorless, bargain booze cocktail, but this baby right here is not for the faint of heart. This drink is for those who like it spicy, herby, and bursting with flavor. This is a big girl cocktail. Pitcher cocktails are ideal for brunch parties, backyard cookouts, and basically any occasion when you're entertaining more than one person. This drink has been the cornerstone of many parties my friends and I have thrown, and I can't wait to share another pitcher of it (or three) with them . . .
Hey, guys! Remember when I hinted at trying out videos in last month's newsletter? Well, I am making good on that promise. I figured the holiday season would be the perfect time to share a neat cocktail trick so here you go. Hope you like it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhXFrMpmJgU Subscribe to my channel if you like this video! . . .
Hellooo, blogosphere! As you may have heard, I moved apartments last week, which explains why this is my first new post in two weeks. I am very excited to be up and running again, and equally excited to be sharing this cocktail recipe with you. My relationship with gin started out rocky. I first tried it in a Negroni (at an age when it was still illegal for me to try a Negroni...) and found it absolutely vile. How anyone could enjoy something so intensely sweet, bitter and herbal in the same glass was beyond me, and I recoiled just from just the thought of it Then . . .
This recipe - well, non-recipe rather - was born out of my desire to create a grown-up strawberry slushy drink. Because no matter what your age, there is nothing better than the refreshing power of a frozen fruity drink on a hot summer day. I tested several versions of this recipe, and they were good, but the simplest turned out to be the best - frozen strawberries, ice cream and booze. Although the market is currently overflowing with gorgeous local strawberries, I decided to use the frozen kind instead, since they help keep the drink chilled for longer and . . .
"Cocktail Hour" is a monthly series in which I try my hand at making simple yet impressive cocktails at home. When brainstorming cocktail recipes, herbs are often my favorite place to start. Herbs can act as that essential base note in a cocktail, and I just love figuring out what other flavors to pair them with. For this month's Cocktail Hour, I wanted to start with wintery rosemary. It has an irresistible piney aroma and is so pretty, it can make a glass of water look elegant. Scotch whisky possesses a wonderful (well, if you're into whisky to begin with) . . .