Frozen Brandy Alexander

December 27, 2016

Robert and I love Frozen Brandy Alexanders – it’s like dessert in a wine (or martini) glass! In fact, we like them so much that we served them in shot glasses at our wedding reception. They are an easy, make ahead drink/dessert that is made with readily available ingredients – perfect for a special celebration…. Read more »

Snowblower Cocktail

December 9, 2016

I found this recipe in one of mom’s kitchen files, which was surprising, since she wasn’t one for serving specialty cocktails. However, I’m so happy I found it, because it is the perfect warm pick-me-up on a cold winter evening. Cranberry juice and apple cider are steeped in cinnamon and cloves, then topped off with… Read more »

Derby Day Mint Julep

March 30, 2015

For years, we’ve been in pursuit of the perfect Mint Julep to accompany our Kentucky Derby Day festivities, which are a big deal in the Clayton household as my mom was raised in Louisville. We think this recipe is just right – not too much bourbon, not too sweet and just enough mint. Give it… Read more »


Basil Lemonade

May 14, 2012

I first tasted this delicious lemonade at a Fourth of July party. The recipe comes from the hostess, Peggy Chandler, who is a fabulous home gourmet. I recently served it at a luncheon in Cincinnati promoting the cookbook, to rave reviews! You can serve it straight, or with vodka. Save Print Basil Lemonade Recipe Serves: 12… Read more »


A delicious Champagne Cocktail

December 28, 2011

Who needs an excuse to enjoy bubbles? A great alternative to the traditional mimosa, this recipe perfectly complements brunch, special occasion, and of course, New Year’s Eve celebrations. Save Print Champagne Cocktail Recipe Serves: 12 Ingredients 1¼ cups pomegranate juice or cranberry juice cocktail 1 cup Cointreau or other orange-flavored liqueur ½ cup fresh lime juice or more to… Read more »


Red Carpet Martini

February 25, 2010

The perfect drink to serve for Academy Award viewing! Save Print Red Carpet Martini Serves: 1 Ingredients 3½ tablespoons (1¾ ounces) really good vodka 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) Cointreau 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) pomegranate juice 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) freshly squeezed lime juice (or ¼ oz fresh lime juice and ¼ oz. fresh lemon juice) Instructions… Read more »


New Orleans Hurricane Cocktails

January 29, 2010

Hurricanes were invented in New Orleans by bar owner Pat O’Brien during World War II when there was a limited supply of whiskey. In order to purchase a single case, liquor salesmen forced bar owners to purchase up to 50 cases of rum, which was plentiful. Looking for a way to use all his rum,… Read more »

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