Category Bottoms Up

Blackberry Gin-Ginger Champagne Cocktail

I am one of those who loves a good champagne cocktail! There’s something so festive and joyful about a little bubbly concoction that makes you immediately ready to celebrate! I wasn’t always in love with celebrating Valentine’s Day… probably because I was always single on this holiday and then when I finally got married, we always managed to get in a fight the day of Valentine’s Day, which put a

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Ginger Orange Martini

Ahhh, martinis! I feel so grown up and sophisticated when holding one… preferably in a darkly lit, swanky restaurant so they cannot make out my lack of makeup and less than trendy clothing; but still makes me feel great about myself.  Now that today is officially the first day of fall, a martini, a good book and a fire is the only way I can imagine hailing in the cooler

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Lavender Blackberry Mojito

We’re at it again with another wildly yummy recipe using my new favorite flower, Lavender! This plant is utterly dreamy and experimenting various ways to cook with it has been rather addictive! This time we decided to try out our “craft cocktail skills” and whip up a delicate, floral meets-in-your-face-blackberry and mint mojito. I want to try this combo out on just about everything! Can you imagine a decadent, please-can-I-have-ten

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Pear & Rosemary Martini

This lovely story begins one day as I was wandering the wine store of Trader Joe’s. I say “wine store”, because for some crazy reason, Minnesota does not allow the sale of alcohol with any food products. Therefore, shopping for dinner and grabbing wine has to be done in two transactions – in two different stores. I know, it’s crazy to any of you that live in states where everything

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Margaritas

Strawberry season is in full swing here in Minnesota. We have more strawberries than we know what to do with at my parent’s house. Since my mom isn’t one to waste anything, she requested that I do something about the overflowing harvest and make something with these dainty little berries before they go bad. After some exploring for recipes and ideas, my family all decided that we should make some Margaritas…

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Meyer Lemon Limoncello

Limoncello is truly the liquid of the gods. I’m convinced of it! The lemony, sweetness awakens your senses and somehow soothes the soul. Half way into the sip you’re smacked with a heavy punch of alcohol leaving you momentarily breathless. It’s a lovely thing. My first attempt at making Limoncello was a few months before our wedding. My husband’s family is Italian, so I really wanted something unique from Italy for everyone

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Mint Julep Goodness!

If you’ve ever spent time in the South, chances are you’ve watched the Kentucky Derby on TV, been there yourself or have friends that wait for this race all year long. To those of you familiar with the Derby, know just how wild and festive it is. An event where the southern belle (or gentlemen) in all of us comes out in full force. True “Derby” fashion is nothing without the exotic

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Blood Orange Moscow Mules

My husband is a huge fan of Moscow Mules and usually gets one when we go out. The key ingredient is the ginger beer, which adds a fantastic kick to this drink. I’m addicted to the spicy flavor of ginger, so this drink has quickly become a favorite of mine as well! The other day, while grocery shopping, I stumbled upon blood oranges. Since we are on the tail end

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Just Tasted : 2013 Pierce Vineyards Albarino

On one of our most recent weekend getaways, we found ourselves exploring Monterey Bay, CA. While strolling around Cannery Row, we came upon this great little tasting room for Pierce Vineyards. Of course we couldn’t say no, so we headed on in. What sets this vineyard apart from the normal California vineyards is that they specialize in grapes commonly grown in Chile, Spain and Argentina. One of the bottles we

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9 Cocktails to Sip on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. This is the time when love, hearts and all things red and pink begin to stirring in the air!  Whether you have a special someone to share this day with or not, these drinks are hard to resist and you will definitely find the desire to make more than one. Grab your cocktail shakers and get to work.  This day only comes once a year! 1. There

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