Camomile Sour

I love a good cup of tea! It can be so comforting and I have always loved the slight bitterness. Camomile is one of my favorites and it adds so much to this bright refreshing summer cocktail! The key is to make concentrated tea ahead of time so it stands up to the rest of…

Too Early to be Spring

The temperature in Sonoma is all over the place! First it’s mid 60s, then drastically 80s for a week, and finally in the 50s! That 80 degree weather was frightening because it’s too early for spring let alone summer weather. This drink is my ode to the end of winter and my love of Middle…

Paris 1889

I have been on a serious Apéritif and Digestif kick recently! Hopefully I’m not alone in this love affair with these sweet, bitter, and herbaceous liqueurs. They add lots of complexity to a drink even with minimal ingredients. They are however one of those items that are hard to find “substitutes” for when it comes…

Thyme is Honey

This past week has been filled with many hours spent contemplating a serious life decision. As with many things in life the concern I had was, “will I have enough money to make this decision”? It’s unfortunate that some many decisions in life, for all of us, come down to this question. What’s more unfortunates…

Desert Rose Martini

I LOVE LOVE LOVE going to Assyrian, Arminian, and Persian food markets! My go to one is an Assyrian market near me, but if I see any of these, I have to go in and look around! A few reasons for going: hummus, giant bags of basmati rice, saffron for an amazing price, the best…

Pacifc Breeze

I love trying new things! Basically anything can be turned in to alcohol (that doesn’t always mean its palatable FYI) and while do to certain rules you might not be able to always classify the item as what you want (i.e. you can’t call sparkling wine, no matter how fancy it is, Champagne if its…

Mrs. Clause

It’s Day 11 of 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails! This drink is for my fancy ladies out there! My cousin, one of the fanciest ladies I know, loves lemon drops! This drink is for her because currently she is pregnant and can’t drink! Obviously I had to be evil and spruce up her favorite cocktail…

North Pole G&T

Thank god its Friday and it’s also Day 7 of 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails! I want to be able to write something cute or cheeky, but I am TIRED! This is the busiest time of year in the wine and spirits industry and all I want to do is crawl in to bed. I…

Christmas Cranberry Smash

Day 6 of 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails! What kind of shopper is everyone? Personally, after working at the mall for 2 years when I was younger, I like to get shopping out of the way as soon as possible! Nothing kills the holidays for you like working at the mall and hearing Mariah Carey’s…

Lavender Day Dream

In a previous post, THE HISTORY OF MIXOLOGY PART TWO: PROHIBITION, I went over a brief history of how prohibition affected mixology. It brought about classics like the Gin and Tonic, the French 75, and the Bees Knees. Well, recently I read a book called “A Bite-Sized History of France” by Jeni Mitchell and Stephane…