• be merry,  drink,  joie de vivre

    Arnold Palmer & John Daly Sippers

    It’s Masters week here in Augusta. Golf fanatics are landing here by the droves to follow those little white balls on their journeys across 18 holes at the Augusta National Golf Course. The Augusta National is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. The property is on a former nursery.  The flora abounds, each hole taking its name from a signature plant. The grass underfoot has a certain spring to it. The long shadows of the loblolly pines offer respite on sunny days. The jays chirp out their gleeful songs. This tournament is much more than just the game of golf–it is a feeling. A magical…

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    The Augusta Velvet Hammer

    If you are looking to woo your guests with a scrumptiously boozy and frozen delight, this drink I am here to help. If you are looking for a quick loosy-goosy feel on a festive night, this drink I can help with that, too. If you are looking for irresistible charm and beguiling wit, you have come to the right place. You will be the boss of all drinks delightful if you serve this sweet + creamy + boozy + dreamy milkshake for grown-ups at your next soiree. What is this magical elixir? It’s called a Velvet Hammer, and I think I have cracked the code for its enigmatic, closely protected…

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    Mojitos: Debunking the Myths

    Mojito, the drink of Hemingway.  Or is it? There is a small plaque hanging in El Floridita in Havana with this Hemingway quote:                                                                                 My mojito in La Bodeguita,                                                                                 My daiquiri in El…

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    Basil & Grapefruit Elixir

    As soon as I put the glass to my lips, I knew I was drinking the elixir of the gods. Elixirs are credited with curing illnesses. This is sure to take care of whatever ails you. In fact, that’s how I decided on its name. I was going to call it a cocktail until that fateful October day in the herb garden… I had been muddling and expressing and zesting that morning, playing around with portions and flavors. My basil syrup needed to steep before I proceeded any further with my experiment, so I went to the garden to collect herb prunings. In October, it is still hot in Augusta.…

  • drink,  frozen

    Tipsy Blueberry Milkshake

    WARNING: This is an “adults only” post. These milkshakes are for grownups. This grown up milkshake will make you feel like there is a party in your mouth. And the best thing about this party? You’re invited! Like the tipsy cherry milkshake, this recipe is also full-proof–you can’t screw it up. Even when it goes wrong, it is still right.  Boozy milkshake boo-boos are still very consumable (wink).   This one is my Tipsy Blueberry Milkshake. Drop by any time. My blender is always churning. Tipsy Blueberry Milkshake for 2   INGREDIENTS-ish*   1   cup tipsy blueberries + ½ cup 2   cups vanilla bean ice cream ⅓  cup whole milk…

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    Tipsy Cherry Milkshake

    WARNING: This is an “adults only” post. These milkshakes are for grownups. Grown-up milkshakes make happy hour even more happy. Besides that, the recipe is full-proof–you can’t screw it up. Think about it: many recipe mess-ups go in the trash; however, boozy milkshake boo-boos are still very consumable (wink).   This one is my Tipsy Cherry Milkshake. Tipsy Cherry Milkshake for 2 INGREDIENTS-ish* ¾  cup of tipsy cherries + ¼ cup 2   cups vanilla ice cream ⅓  cup whole milk 2   ounces of bourbon           whipped cream           chocolate syrup           chocolate shavings   DIRECTIONS Add the ¾…

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    Sparkling Cham-Pom Cocktail

    This sparkling champagne pomegranate cocktail is an easy, elegant tipple–a perfect choice for the hostess who wants to enjoy her guests in lieu of tending a bar. This happy blend of pomegranate, sparkling wine, and vodka is a refreshing complement to party sweets such as petit fours. Pomegranate seeds are like rubies in your glass. Sugaring your rims beforehand is a nice touch. Fill your glasses with ice, add vodka and pomegranate juice, then top with a bright splash of champagne.   Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 4 ounces (1/2 cup) vodka 4 ounces (1/2 cup) fresh or bottled pomegranate juice 6 ounces (3/4 cup) sparkling wine…