Looking for a New Year’s Eve party cocktail?

Here is a fun, festive martini – The Blue Snowflake


Malibu Rum*
Cream of coconut
Pineapple juice
Blue Curacao
Sambuca, white
Coconut flakes (for rimming glass)

Rim chilled martini glass:
Squeeze dollop of coconut cream in center of plate
place generous amount of coconut flakes on a separate plate
Hold glass by stem, tilt and dip rim in coconut cream, spin until edge is well coated
Then, use same technique and drag rim slowly thru coconut flakes, until well coated

In a cocktail shaker:**
Fill 1/4 with ice cubes
3oz Malibu rum
1oz pineapple juice
1 tsp cream of coconut
1/2 oz blue Curacao
Dash of sambuca (too much will overtake the drink)
Shake well and pour, with the ice, into martini glass


*coconut flavored vodka can be used instead
**you can turn the martini into a frozen version, just by blending it



Summer time drinks should be refreshing and thirst quenching.
This drink does just that. But beware, it is easy to drink thru each one fast and furious!



2oz Vodka
3 Lemon Wheels, thinnly sliced
8 Raspberries
2tsps Granulated Sugar
Soda Water, I used flavored (mixed berry)

Drop berries, sugar and lemon wheels in glass
Muddle well, making sure berries are well mashed
Add Vodka
Pack on the ice
Shake, Shake, Shake
Now top with soda water and ENJOY!

Play around with the recipe. Use a variety of fresh berries or melon. Swap in lime for lemon. Swap in silver tequila for vodka.

Have fun in the sun!

DRINK OF THE MONTH, april 2014

April is now upon us and winter is releasing her grip. With spring comes a new cocktail menu at the (shameless plug alert) HORSESHOE GRILLE.

Being a restaurant that features BBQ and gluten-free menu options, I took the opportunity to marry the two for a unique and flavorful cocktail.

Gin meets Smoked Paprika

Gin meets Smoked Paprika


This is a gin lovers dream.  Not only does it wake up your mouth, it brings your nose to the party too.  As you draw the glass to your lips , the smell of BBQ fills your nose.  The biting taste of gin and lime is mellowed by the agave syrup and jazzed up by the smoked paprika.

Bar Prep

Bar Prep

SMOKEY WATERS (old fashion glass, smoked paprika rim)

Rim glass, fill with ice, set aside
In shaker w ice:
3oz tanqueray
1 lime wedge squeeze
½ oz agave syrup
2 pinches of smoked paprika
Shake and strain into prepped glass

I first discovered this smokey treat on the simplygluten-free.com website. I made some slight modifications to their Ginebra Gimlet.