Satisfying & light, a Grasshopper Ice Cream Drink makes a perfect dessert--sweet, rich & minty. There's always room for ice cream!

Mar 15, 2017

Grasshopper Ice Cream Drink

St Patrick’s Day is coming!  Full of droning bagpipes, bouncy dancers and everything green.  Plus some things minty, like today’s Grasshopper Ice Cream Drink.   With festivities everywhere, two of my daughters set out in search of a mint shake and came back complaining.  They had to go to two MacDonald’s to find a working shake machine.  Fast food?  No sympathies from me! … Continue reading

Feb 19, 2017

Botswanan Iced Tea

Wow, it’s been a strange year for weather.  But I wasn’t about to complain when it topped 50 in Wisconsin this week.  It almost felt like spring.  Time for a warm weather beverage–Botswanan Iced Tea!   I got my first taste of Botswanan Iced Tea at book club this month.  Our hostess had just returned from a trip to Africa where … Continue reading

Sugar Plum Martini

Dec 22, 2016

Sugar Plum Martini

It’s the Christmas season—what can I say?   Part of me wanted to create a whole suite of Nutcracker themed martinis!  But in the end, I went with just one, a  Sugar Plum Martini, sans fairy even.   All of this took me back to a very distant memory–of real, actual, sugar plums.  One long-ago Christmas, my father brought home an expensive … Continue reading

Dec 1, 2016

White Peppermint Bark Martini (& Notes from the Martini Lab)

What’s more fun than a holiday dinner?  How about a holiday dinner that includes a martini lab?  This year, with daughters home early (hooray!) for Thanksgiving, I invited over my sister-in-law and put a ham in the oven.  After a casual dinner, we set to mixing up holiday martinis, including the White Peppermint Bark Martini featured today.  Now this isn’t … Continue reading

Top Note Tonic Ginger Jack

Nov 16, 2016

Top Note Tonics, Ginger Jack Cocktail & More

When I was first heard about Top Note Tonics (the sponsor of this post), I didn’t know what to expect.  But then I learned that you could mix their flavored tonic waters with fizzy water for a light soda.  Or with alcohol for a tasty cocktail.  And I was so in.   Yes, the holidays are coming (cocktails).  Followed by diet … Continue reading

Elderflower Cordial

Jul 13, 2016

Elderflower Cordial (Elderflower Syrup)

  I was hungry and tired and my spirits were low,   For I got neither whiskey nor cordial. I hadn’t heard the old Irish folksong in years, but making Elderflower Cordial brought it back. Although I doubt the down-on-his-luck farmhand was thinking of non-alcoholic elderflower cordial, I like a straight fruit or flower syrup which gives me the option … Continue reading

A Peach Bellini on the Deck

Jun 12, 2016

Refreshing Peach Bellini

Ready for some summer entertaining? Whether it’s brunch or drinks on the deck, a fruity cocktail can add flavor and flair to your event. Why not take advantage of one of the great fruits of summer, and make a sweet and tasty Peach Bellini?   A Peach Bellini is a cocktail made from pureed peaches and, traditionally, Prosecco, though other sparkling … Continue reading

Sorbet & Champagne Cocktail

Dec 30, 2015

Sorbet and Champagne Cocktail

Don’t you love foods that can do double duty?  Buy it for one purpose… then get inspired!  Take sorbet for example.  You can feed it to a sick child (or a teen who just had their wisdom teeth out—ahem) or you can add it to Champagne or Prosecco for a festive New Year’s (or other special occasion) drink.  Or Mom … Continue reading

Dec 13, 2015

Christmas Drinking Custard

I’ve been watching the photographs for years.  Thick liquid custard, dressed up and poured into a mug.  Can you look and not be tempted?  This special drink is known by many names: boiled custard, drinking custard, crème anglaise–and bears a strong resemblance to egg nog.  But in lieu of eggnog’s nutmeg and cinnamon, you get a heady dose of fragrant … Continue reading

Nov 23, 2015

Spiced Cider Syrup (Instant Hot Apple Cider)

Now that we’ve had a few cold days, I can feel winter in the air. I love the change of seasons (especially when it follows a long autumn) with winter’s promise of snowdrifts and sugarplums. Winter is especially nice if you serve it up with a warm drink like hot spiced cider. Made from freshly pressed apple juice, warmed with … Continue reading

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