close up of a stemmed glass holding a Lime Blackberry Martini

Lime Blackberry Martini

Elegant, sophisticated and alluring, a Lime Blackberry Martini is the perfect specialty cocktail for your next special gathering. After all, there’s nothing like a crisp, cool vodka martini to kick off the cocktail hour. Add in fresh, tangy blackberry lime purée, replace the vermouth with a jigger of ginger liqueur, and it becomes both beautiful… Read more »

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How to make a Cosmo Martini

Cool and refreshing, a Cosmopolitan Martini is the perfect treat on a warm summer day. With their pale pink color, Cosmos (as they are called for short) just look like summer in a glass! Developed with input from experienced bartenders around the world, my Cosmopolitan recipe is time tested to be perfect, every time. What… Read more »

martini glasses filled with Vodka Martini with a Twist

How to make a Vodka Martini with a Twist

With my husband Robert’s unique Vodka Martini recipe, you can surprise and wow your friends and family at your next gathering. He’s become known far and wide for his super popular dry martinis, which call for a special ingredient and no vermouth. They are easy to make – and you can even whip up a… Read more »

Seven Stellar New Year’s Cocktails

December 30, 2019

New Year’s Eve is tomorrow, so it’s time to recognize our successes from this past year, as well as set our goals for the next year. And, there’s no better way to celebrate than with our loved ones. Robert and I like to have a special cocktail as part of our festivities. And, it’s not… Read more »

Robert’s Perfect Manhattan

Robert’s Perfect Manhattan cocktail is smoky and full-bodied, but isn’t as sweet as most – he uses rye instead of bourbon! To celebrate our anniversary one year, Robert and I visited the Palace Arms restaurant at the Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver. Opting to enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail in their beautiful lobby, Robert noticed… Read more »

lemon ginger bourbon cocktail over ice in a glass, garnished with a lemon slice

Ginger Lemon Whiskey Drink

Lemon Ginger Whiskey Cocktail is an elegant, flavorful drink to serve as the “featured cocktail” at your next gathering. Bourbon Lemon Cocktail with Ginger My mom loved bourbon – it was her alcohol of choice in the fall and winter (she drank vodka during the other seasons). I’m more of a vodka girl, but I… Read more »

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Irish Cream Liqueur

Irish Cream Liqueur, most commonly known under the brand name Baileys, is my favorite after dinner drink to pair with dessert – or just drink as dessert! Two of my favorite flavors are chocolate and caramel, and my Irish Cream Liqueur recipe combines both tastes into a delicious drink. This rich, creamy beverage is super… Read more »

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Perfect Sidecar Drink Recipe

Sidecar Cocktails are both delicious and deceptively easy to prepare, calling for only three ingredients. There are a few tricks to preparing them properly, which come from my good friends Deborah Shaw and Joan Perlow – and I’m sharing them with you now! What is a Sidecar Drink? A Sidecar is a classic cocktail that… Read more »

Pomegranate Martini Recipe with Vodka

My Pomegranate Martini Recipe (or Red Carpet Martini) is elegant, colorful, delicious – and perfect for both everyday gatherings and special celebrations. A Vodka & Cointreau Pomegranate Martini One year when I was hosting an Academy Awards viewing party, I decided to create an Oscar-themed cocktail, and this Red Carpet Martini was born. To my… Read more »

martini glass filled with a Frozen Brandy Alexander

Frozen Brandy Alexander

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 »

Lee Clayton Roper

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I’m Lee Clayton Roper, and I’m passionate about making cooking and entertaining easy, elegant and fun. Here you’ll find scrumptious recipes, helpful tips and seasonal menus that will spark inspiration in your kitchen!
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