Category — Drink Recipes

{recipe} Strawberry Popper Cocktail

I am kind of on a cocktail kick these days. Fresh off the success of my Dolores Park-inspired drink, I decided to take another stab at creating a sweet, spicy, tart cocktail. A sweltering spring day called for an ice-cold concoction with muddled strawberries, fresh lemon juice, vanilla paste, and a jalapeño slice. A healthy pour of vodka and some agave to sweeten it, and another great cocktail was born.

strawberry jalapeno cocktail

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May 18, 2015   3 Comments

{recipe} Caribbean Sea Margaritas

It’s finally raining steadily here in California, which is great news because we are in a terrible drought! The silver lining of the drought is that no one is complaining about the rain; in fact, most people are openly celebrating it. Still, with the deep freeze in the rest of the country and the gray gloom here in San Francisco, I find my mind wandering to the impossibly beautiful turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and dreaming a little bit of some sun and sand.


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February 6, 2014   1 Comment

{recipe} Sazerac Cocktail

The Sazerac is a traditional New Orleans cocktail, and it’s a doozy. Strong and sweet; I can only drink one. But boy, do I enjoy that one. To make a proper Sazerac cocktail, you need both Peychaud’s and Angostura bitters, plus a sugar cube and a twist of lemon, to flavor a glass of chilled rye or bourbon. A rinse of absinthe adds the aroma and light taste of anise to the Sazerac to round it out.


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July 1, 2013   1 Comment

{recipe} Blackberry Mint Julep

What could be more refreshing than a mint julep on a summer evening? Add some of the season’s best blackberries, and you’re really in for a treat. Since juleps are always served over a full glass of crushed ice, it’s sort of like a boozy berry slushie.

blackberry julep

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June 16, 2013   1 Comment

{recipe} Rhubarb Syrup

Some best-laid plans for a rhubarb pie never came to fruition, so I found myself with some less-than-fresh, semi-flaccid rhubarb in the fridge. It was headed for the compost pile, but I got the bright idea to turn it into a pretty pink syrup for cocktails or non-alcoholic sodas.


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May 11, 2013   3 Comments

{recipe} Dolores Park Cocktail

Yesterday, we closed on a beautiful new house in the Castro, so we’ll be moving from our beloved flat off of Dolores Park. The new place needs about a year’s worth of construction before moving in–including lifting up the house three feet to add a garage. Only in San Francisco! Last night I made a special cocktail to toast this momentous occasion. Gin, lemon juice, cardamom bitters, agave syrup, and a muddled habañero pepper balance and layer perfectly. It’s tart, sweet, spicy, herbal, and complex–just like Dolores Park.

dp cocktail

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April 6, 2013   2 Comments

{recipe} Raspberry Vanilla Syrup for your Cocktails, Mocktails, Lemonade, and More

I have a friend and I am very proud of her – because she is celebrating three years of being sober. For this special occasion, I wanted to make a very special non-alcoholic drink for all of us to toast with! I came up with a syrup infused with whole vanilla beans and juicy raspberries, and now I want to drink it with absolutely everything.

raspberry vanilla

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March 6, 2013   No Comments

{recipe} Fancy Ginger Citrus Mocktails

This month, I’m trying not to drink any alcohol – mostly just as a personal challenge. (You’ll notice I picked the shortest month of the year for this endeavor.) I have found something interesting about myself: it turns out that when 6 o’clock rolls around, I don’t necessarily need wine or a cocktail–but I take pleasure in having something to drink that’s not water. Enter the fancy ginger citrus mocktail, which has become my nightly indulgence.


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February 10, 2013   1 Comment

{recipe} Raspberry Reposado Margaritas

After my recent success with blueberry mojitos, I decided to try something in the same vein and made these raspberry margaritas. Swoon. Get yourself some fresh raspberries and bust out the cocktail shaker!

I like to use a reposado tequila for margaritas – which is light yellow in color. I think it has more flavor than the white (clear) tequila but doesn’t overpower like an añejo. My preferred brands are El Jimador or Sauza Hornitos.

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August 18, 2012   No Comments

{make this} Blueberry Mojitos from Eat, Live, Run

I don’t like blueberries so I can’t explain how I came home from the store with a huge container of them, but I definitely wasn’t going to eat them raw so I figured my best bet was a cocktail. Turns out, I was right. These blueberry mojitos from Eat, Live, Run were hella good. I can’t highly recommend them enough.

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August 3, 2012   1 Comment