Amaretto Sours are great for those before dinner drinks. Smooth, sweet/sour and light they are the perfect drink to get the party started and keep it going. While there are some Amaretto's out there we still always reach for Amaretto de Saronna. Sometimes the classics are classics for a reason.
Two of my favorites Champange and Vodka. Just a tip to make this the best tasting brunch drink, chill the Champagne in the freezer before mixing your while the chilling over ice works it introduces water into the drink through the shards of ice!Pretty as an ocean view, this drink is light and sweet, just in time for spring and summer. Great to look at it also works well as a punch.
Bee's Knees was slang in the 20's for something new and fresh, this drink was mostly likely named for that saying. We used Raw Organic Orange Blossom Honey to make the honey syrup. There are different raw honeys and they will carry with them the flower flavor so experiment if you're a honey lover.
Legend has it the Bellini was invented sometime between 1934 and 1948 by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry's Bar in Venice, Italy. The beautiful color inspired Cipriani to name the drink Bellini after the robe of a saint in a painting by 15th-century Venetian artist Giovanni Bellini. Light, clean and very easy to drink this is the perfect cocktail for brunch, early evening parties, light social events and for light drinkers.
The Bloody Marie, tequila, and Bloody Mary, vodka, both are well served by using the best mixers possible, while there are many great bottled mixes out there the best ones are home made with fresh ingredients. Recipes abound and based on taste can range from very spicy to very smooth and classic. Great for brunch or Sunday morning get togethers, they are also seen as a classic hang over drink to take the Saturday night edge off!
The Bloody Marie, tequila, and Bloody Mary, vodka, both are well served by using the best mixers possible, while there are many great bottled mixes out there the best ones are home made with fresh ingredients. Recipes abound and based on taste can range from very spicy to very smooth and classic. Great for brunch or Sunday morning get togethers, they are also seen as a classic hang over drink to take the Saturday night edge off!The Bramble was created in 1984 by Dick Bradsell at Fred’s Club in London’s SoHo. It's an 80's drink that is worth drinking! Dry Gin, Fresh Blackberries, Blackberry Liqueur, Lemon Juice and Simple Syrup.
Many drinks are an offshoot of the Gin and Vodka drinks out of the 20’s and 30’s that are part of the Cape Codder family which is Vodka and Cranberry. There are many variations on this drink like the Bay Breeze, Sea Breeze, Greyhound… Any way you look at it the drink reminds you of summer by the sea!
Classic is good, Champagne Cocktail fits that description. Perfect for almost any celebration, easy to set up and serve. Classics are classics for a reason!While it doesn't taste very strong this cocktails has quite the bite. The pear taste is so smooth you man not notice the kick! Enjoy it is the perfect drink for friends and food. The Champagne Pomegranate Cocktail is a unique blend of Vodka, Champagne and Pama®. Add in a few Pomegranate seeds for flavor and color and you have a fun cocktail that sparkles. To keep the proof lower you can leave out the Vodka and it still tastes great and you can drink a few more before you hit your limit! A riff on the classic cocktail the French 75, the Citrus 75 updates the taste and mood with the hint of citrus and a float of Gin. Very refreshing and light. Perfect for the occasion where a lower proof is needed like, brunch or a afternoon get together. The Citrus Brunch is a light pretty drink that hits all the high citrus notes with the sparkle of Champagne.
The Cuba Libra, according to Baccardi, was born in a collision between the United States and Spain. It happened during the Spanish-American War at the turn of the century when Teddy Roosevelt, the Rough Riders, and Americans in large numbers arrived in Cuba. One afternoon, a group of off-duty soldiers from the U.S. Signal Corps were gathered in a bar in Old Havana. Fausto Rodriguez, a young messenger, later recalled that Captain Russell came in and ordered Bacardi (Gold) rum and Coca-Cola on ice with a wedge of lime. The captain drank the concoction with such pleasure that it sparked the interest of the soldiers around him. They had the bartender prepare a round of the captain's drink for them. The Bacardi rum and Coke was an instant hit. As it does to this day, the drink united the crowd in a spirit of fun and good fellowship. When they ordered another round, one soldier suggested that they toast ¡Por Cuba Libre! in celebration of the newly freed Cuba. The captain raised his glass and sang out the battle cry that had inspired Cuba's victorious soldiers in the War of Independence.
Fall in Tennessee is the quensiential Fall lDrink. Smooth and sweet with a back end of ginger this one checks all the boxes.
The French 75 was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris---later Harry's New York Bar---by barman Harry MacElhone. The combination was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun, also called a "75 Cocktail", or "Soixante Quinze" in French. The French 75 was popularized in America at the Stork Club in New York. An elegant drink with Gin and Champagne with a great kick it a drink that was enjoyed by the upper class elite both men and women. Shades of Downton Abbey all that is needed is lace gloves or an ascot.
Fuzzy Navels popped up in the 80’s along with big hair bands and clubs that appealed to younger clientele that liked the sweet taste. Seen as a sorority girl drink it was light, fun and didn’t knock you out!
Light and sweet, Georgia Peach A great classic cocktail of Rum, Maraschino Cherry Liqueur, key lime juice and grapefruit juice, this drink is the perfect summer drink. Time to go back to the 40's.
What a great drink! If you like gingerbread you will love this Honey Gingerbread. Smooth, sweet and flavorful it is a great drink to serve with food and for parties. It will go with anything! The lime cuts the sweetness a little and adds a tart after bite.
Margaritas have come a long way from the classic Tequila, Triple Sec and lime juice. There are many variations as well as serving options. Frozen, Rocks, Up, Salted or not are all part of the large group of recipes. A basic search could return 100’s of recipes all slightly different. At the core though remains Tequila and lime. Adding any number of fruits, switching out the liquors and lead to an endless variety. Some of our favorites, the classic Agave Margarita, the fall taste of the Italian Margarita or the dramatic kick of the Top Shelf Margarita are very drinkable. All of these drinks will get you started exploring the wonderful world of Margaritas and Tequilas. The fewer ingredients and liquors the better the Tequila needs to be for the best taste. Invented in the 1940’s it has, in all its permutations, remained a popular drink since then.
Kahula and Cream is a great after dinner drink that goes down like a cold adult coffee! Low proof and very drinkable this is a great drink for when you just want something tasty to finish off the evening but still get up in the morning to go to work. A little on the rich side the heavy cream offsets the coffee liqueur with just the right level of sweetness. Yum!Fun to look at this Kiwi Spring Lemonade has citrus Vodka and Chartreuse for a herbal twist on the classic lemonade. Not only does it make it more interesting but it keeps it from becoming too sweet! "
La Fleur d'Amour is created San Francisco Mixologist Fleur Bailey who writes this about her drink. Don’t let the pretty feminine name of this cocktail fool you into thinking it will be a dainty treat. While the name means “The Flower of Love”, the idea in this sense is more of a passionate, fiery Cleopatra than a sweet Cinderella. Passion, power and spice are what this libation represents combining two of my greatest loves in a beverage, pear and ginger, and the marriage between them makes for an almighty potion. I always like to use fresh ingredients in my drinks and ginger provides that unmistakable fervor. La Fleur d’Amour is versatile enough you can drink it without the sparkling wine if you like a strong cocktail and appreciate the kick of ginger. It’s also a nice brunch alternative to a mimosa or Kir Royale if you use just a little of the mix in a glass of bubbly. A strong mimosa that is, this is one of those libations that go down as easy as lemonade, so keep that in mind before you’re responsible for your guests passing out for the afternoon. While there are variations of pear-flavored vodkas, it’s worthwhile to honor the French with this one because Grey Goose makes the cleanest, most delicate pear-flavored vodka than any other I’ve tried. They use the Anjou Pear that is cultivated in the Loire Valley, with water naturally filtered through Champagne limestone. They call theirs the “World’s Best Tasting Vodka”, and in this case I have to agree."
Lemonade Lush is a lemon twist on a margarita. Less on the lime side and more on the sour lemon side this drink is a great counterpoint to the traditional margarita.
Madras is a great summer drink that shares a lot with the breezes and cape codder’s. The difference is there are two fruit juices orange and cranberry added to Vodka. Add a squeeze of line and you have a great summer drink. Versatile moving from brunch to late afternoons by the pool this is a drink that everyone should have in the recipe portfolio.Nothing says summer like a Daiquiri! This Mango Daiquiri is not only fun but it has a wonderful taste that is light and fruity without being coy. The fresh key lime juice helps enhance the flavor of the mango and give it a nice tart back taste.
This is the drink that started it all. A group of friends vacationing on the Big Island of Hawaii decided to start this website. It was our love of cocktails or maybe just a few too many Mauna Kea Punches!
The Mojito is a rum based drink that is based on a drink from the 1800’s out of Cuba. Classic Mojitos have only Rum, sugar, lime juice and fresh mint. The ultimate summer cooler it is often served with a splash of soda to make it even lighter. White or amber Rums are used for a crisp clean taste. These go down way too easy so keep track of the number while sitting around the pool.
An aperitif the Negroni is a classic drink from 1919. Slightly bitter, many people double the amount of gin since the flavors of the Campri and sweet vermouth are no longer needed to mask the flavor of gin that would have been available during that time.
The Orange Buck is a great drink, tart and refreshing. We made this one with fresh squeezed organic juice to it was very tart. If you want more sweetness you can add 1/2 oz of simple syrup for a slightly sweeter taste.
Orange Cardamon Gin And Tonic is a great winter drink for Gin lovers. The Root liqueur gives it a botanical spicy flavor like root beer and the Dry Fly Gin has just the right balance, not too much juniper, to blend it all together. Adding notes of orange citrus makes it the perfect winter drink. Experiment with the Gins if you prefer a London Dry style but we really liked the smoothness of this drink. It could convert a few non-Gin drinkers!
rocks, we love winter pears and this cocktail is amazing. The Pear Cinnamon Italian Soda, (purchased at World Market), pairs up with the liqueur and pear flavored Vodka with a hint of cinnamon.This could be one of those drinks that become your go to drink for both fall and winter!Passion is when you blend Raspberry Vodka, Passion Fruit Juice, and Strawberry Liqueur then top with Prosecco. Great for any party or summer get together.
Daiquirí became popular in the 1940s. Wartime rationing made whiskey, vodka, etc., hard to come by, yet because of Roosevelt's Good Neighbor policy (which opened up trade and travel relations with Latin America, Cuba and the Caribbean), rum was easily obtainable. The Good Neighbor Policy (also known as 'The Pan-American program'), helped make Latin America seem fashionable. Consequently, rum-based drinks (once frowned upon as being the domain of sailors and down-and-outs), also became fashionable, and the Daiquirí saw a tremendous rise in popularity in the US. Originally served over cracked ice, Bacardi Rum, sugar and fresh lime juice it is now served frozen with a variety of different flavors. Two of our favorites are the lime and peach are included as well. Other fruits that translate well are peach, strawberries, raspberries or papaya.
The Passion Fruit Punch and Peachy Keen are great summer drinks that play into the seasonal fruits and tastes of summer. Great around the pool or with a midday brunch these drinks bring of the best in food while tasting like the best that summer has to offer.
Pink Lemonade is everything a good summer drink should be. Clean and crisp with a touch of raspberry liqueur makes this drink very drinkable on those hot summer days. A nice kick with the Citron flavored Vodka makes this a drink you should keep all the ingredients on hand for all summer long.
This is amazing, it's pumpkin pie with a kick. If you love pumpkin pie with a scoop of ice cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, you will love, love love this drink. Pumpkin Pie Martini is like fall in a glass. Enjoy!
Sweet and light, Purple Crayon is a light drink that you can drink all afternoon and still stand up at dinner! Fruity and fun, perfect for any social occasion.
A great take on "Gin and Juice", the addition of Cointreau and Grenadine offset the tart of the fresh lemon and orange juice in the Red Lion. Great to look at and even better going down, it's one of our new favorites.With Rose syrup from 1883 and Hibiscus Vodka this martini is as tasty as it is pretty. A delightful light tasting martini that will make you feel like a princess! This is a very interesting drink, substituting in sake for the vermouth and then adding orange and cherry flavored liquors then top with Ginger Beer. An unusual east meets west drink. While it may sound strange the taste is very refreshing and somewhat addictive. We made several just to get the proportions right and with each one we liked it more. Or the Gin was talking... either way, for the adventurous mixologist! A very different cocktail the Savory Tangerine is for those who like a little herbal flavor. Using muddled fennel, Citrus Vodka, Blood Orange Liqueur and Tangerine juice this is a drink that is out of the ordinary.
The Screwdriver reportedly got its name because American petroleum engineers in Saudi Arabia secretly added vodka to small cans of orange juice and stirred the mixture with their screwdrivers in the late 40’s. It gained prominent in the 50’s and has remained a popular drink since. It is usually one of the first drinks many people try since all you can really taste is the orange juice. It is an easy addition to your party list with only 2 ingredients, Vodka and OJ.
Many drinks are an offshoot of the Gin and Vodka drinks out of the 20’s and 30’s that are part of the Cap Codder family which is Vodka and Cranberry. There are many variations on this drink like the Bay Breeze, Sea Breeze, (Vodka, Grapefruit and Cranberry), Greyhound… Any way you look at it these drinks remind you of summer by the sea!
This drink is all about sweet with an underlying tartness, much like a Southern Bride! This is a drink that is deceptively light, with 3oz of gin you need to be a little careful on how much you knock back.
Daiquiri became popular in the 1940s. Wartime rationing made whiskey, vodka, etc., hard to come by, yet because of Roosevelt's Good Neighbor policy (which opened up trade and travel relations with Latin America, Cuba and the Caribbean), rum was easily obtainable. The Good Neighbor Policy (also known as 'The Pan-American program'), helped make Latin America seem fashionable. Consequently, rum-based drinks (once frowned upon as being the domain of sailors and down-and-outs), also became fashionable, and the Daiquiri saw a tremendous rise in popularity in the US. Originally served over cracked ice, Bacardi Rum, sugar and fresh lime juice it is now served frozen with a variety of different flavors. Two of our favorites are the lime and peach are included as well. Other fruits that translate well are peach, strawberries, raspberries or papaya.
The Union Jack is so fun with gin, sloe gin and grenadine. Pretty, bright and sween with very little mixer it is one to sip.
A very interesting the Volcano looking drink as it layers itself as you pour. Lots of fun for a brunch or baby shower it tastes great and looks really fun
This drink can be served warm or cold. Great for a Halloween party or family party this drink has a little kick but not too much. This also can translate well into a non-alcholic drink for those designated drivers. Try the Warm Apple Glow and you'll know what I mean.
An awesome after dinner drink, the White Russian is just a Black Russian with some cream added. Higher proof than you would think, it tends to be too rich and sweet for more than a couple but is a nice finish to a good dinner.Crawdaddy is light and refreshing; just the right amount to tartness to make that summer cocktail the best! The Breakfast Martini is great for brunch, so fun or when you need that Sunday morning hair of the dog. The classic Derby cocktail doesn't have to wait till one Sunday a year. It's great all summer long. Just a kiss of Maraschino liqueur, the Cherry Kiss is a light fun drink that will give you just a hint of fall with the dusting of nutmeg. The Dessert Healer will cure what ails ya, great for a late afternoon or early evening cocktail this drink is a nice refreshing twist on a gin and juice. Perfect late summer fall Punch, The Di Saronna Punch goes great with food. Not too sweet with the bitters and citrus this punch hits all the high notes.
Drinks on this list are: Amaretto Sour, Americano, Aperol Spritz, Arabian, Arctic Kiss, Azure Lemonade, Basil Blueberry Lemonade, Bee's Knees, Bellini, Berri Mojito, Blood Orange Cinnamon Pear Cocktail, Bloody Marie, Bloody Mary, Blue Lagoon, Bramble, Breakfast Martini, Bucks Fizz, Cape Codder, Carolina Peach Sangria, Champagne Cocktail, Champagne Pear, Champagne Pomegranate, Cherry Kiss, Citrus 75, Citrus Brunch, Coffee Nudge, Crawdaddy, Cuba Libra, Death in the Afternoon, Derby Cocktail, Dessert Healer, Di Saronno Punch, Drosselmeyers Nightcap, Fall in Tennessee, Fall Margarita, Falls Last Call, French 75, French Toast, Fuzzy Navel, Georgia Peach, Ginger Blush, Guava Lime Cooler, Hawaiian Mimosa, Hemingway, Holiday Coffee Cocktail, Honey Gingerbread, Italian Citrus, Italian Margarita, Kahula and Cream, Keoke Coffee, Kiwi Spring Lemonade, Kona Sunset, La Fleur dAmour, Lemon Acai Cooler, Lemonade Lush, Madras, Mango Daiquari, Mauna Kea Punch, Midori Sour, Mimosa, Mojito, Mrs Claus, Negroni, Neverland Bellini, Nutty Snow Queen, Orange Buck, Orange Cardamon Gin And Tonic, Partridge In A Pear Tree, Passion, Peach Daiquiri, Peachy Keen, Pink Lemonade, Prado, Prosecco Punch, Pumpkin Pie Martini, Purple Crayon, Quite a Mango, Red Lion, Rose Hibiscus Martini, Rummy Cider, Russian Nutcracker, Sake-tini, Savory Tangerine, Screwdriver, Sea Breeze, Southern Bride, Spa Martini, Spanish Hot Chocolate, Sparkling Hibiscus, Strawberry Daiquiri, Strawberry Thyme Lemonade, Tangerine Rosemary Spritzer, Tropical Autumn, Tropical New Years Eve Punch, Tropical Xmas, Union Jack, Unique Summer, Viking Fantasy, Volcano, Warm Apple Glow, White Russian, White Summer Sangria, Yellow Bird,