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Meyer Thyme Martini ~ Friday’s 5 o’clock Wet Your Whistle Call!

Meyer Thyme Martini

Thyme Out!  It’s thyme (pun intended) for a martini! Put a little sunshine into your weekend with a lemon martini. Not just any lemon, but a Meyer lemon. They taste like a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange. They have a sweeter and more floral taste than other lemons and have an slightly orange tint. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a Meyer lemon tree in your front yard like I do, then try your local market. If they don’t have any, then you can use a regular lemon ‘cuz it will still make a bright and cheery martini. What kind of vodka to use in your martini you ask? Well here’s a fun story to help you decide! Continue reading

Ho Ho Cocoa! ~ Friday’s 5 o’clock Wet Your Whistle Call!

Hark! Thy holiday cocoa is here! Up on the roof top, down through the chimney and all around the Christmas tree. Whew! Holiday decorating is a lot of work! Doesn’t your Santa deserve a special cocoa for getting up on the ladder, stringing the lights in all those hard to reach, sometimes life threatening, places? I know mine does! Continue reading

Brain Hemorrhage – Friday’s 5 o’clock Wet Your Whistle Call!

What’s creepier than a bloody brain? Drinking a bloody brain… Completely disgusting, yet so Halloween appropriate! It’s that time of year when anything goes. The kid, albeit the adult kid, in us comes out. There is no denying this drink feels weird in your mouth but it does taste pretty darn good…once you get past the whole idea of the body organs….if you can! Continue reading

Chai Masala – Spiced Tea – Friday’s 5 o’clock Wet Your Whistle Call!

Every tea has its story and Masala Chai is no different. In keeping with the healing and spiritual side of India, we are going to savor the tea that evokes the feeling of India; the very smell of it almost transports you to its streets. And it just so happens to be my favorite tea. Let’s read the ancient tea leaves to get an idea of how this lovely drink has evolved. The Masala Chai we know today did not start out containing any black tea or caffeine. The story of Chai dates back 5,000 years or more to the ancient courts of Siam and India. Legend has it a king concocted the recipe in a quest to create a healing beverage. Did you know Masala means Spiced and Chai means Tea? So when you say Chai Tea you’re really saying Tea Tea, which might be mildly amusing to an Indian. 

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Clericó (Sangria Blanco) ~ Friday’s 5 o’clock Wet Your Whistle Call!

It’s HOT in South America! OK, let’s face it, it’s still hot in San Diego! It’s officially the hottest summer on record! I am longing for the cool, crisp evenings of fall and they are just not happening yet. In fact it’s been down right hot for weeks and I can’t get to my fall planting or apple picking. On the other hand I am very grateful to live in a beautiful place where most of the year we have weather you just can’t complain about….but I digress…..Back to South America where it is really hot and humid! There’s nothing more refreshing than an ice cold, fruity beverage to chase away the heat. Continue reading

Chocolate Margarita Martini – Friday’s 5 o’clock Wet Your Whistle Call!

Is chocolate a French creation? Belgium? Mexican? Oh yes it was the Aztecs and Montezuma who figured out how to process the hard little cacao bean into a drink that was believed to give strength, courage, and wisdom to all who drank it. It was also believed to posses rare aphrodisiac powers. Montezuma would have 50 gold goblets full of his beloved chocolate drink each day before he’d make the nightly visits to his harem. A drink surely fit for the gods! Continue reading

Bimini Rum Runners – Friday’s 5 o’clock Wet Your Whistle Call!

When you think of Rum, the Caribbean has got to be your next thought…..unless you are thinking of your rum days back in college! And if you think all rums are created equal, then think again! Caribbean rums range from crisp and complex found in Martinique style rums to the subtly sweet blends of the Bahamas, to the bold, whiskey-like Haitian distillations. Thank you Spain for bringing sugarcane to the West Indies!

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Ultimate Cosmopolitan – Friday’s 5 o’clock Wet Your Whistle Call!

Ultimate Cosmo

Better than Sex and the City Cosmo? Our friends think so and we do too! When Cosmopolitans were all the rage, I asked my husband to mix up a couple for us at home. He came up with one that has so much more flavor, passionate color and taste I won’t even order one in a bar or restaurant anymore because I adore my husband’s Cosmo’s….and him! To say they pale in comparison has a double meaning. Most Cosmo’s are a pale pink color and have, well…what I can only describe as a milder flavor profile and that is how they were intended to be. We like things a little zippier at our house! David’s Cosmo is vibrant, packed with the flavor of cranberry and lime and a beautiful garnet color. All because of a secret, until now, ingredient. Now, that is sexy! Continue reading

Bergamot Bourbon Iced Tea – Friday’s 5 o’clock Wet Your Whistle Call!

Y’all in the south and those of you on the East Coast have a different idea-r about humidity than we do in Southern California but to us, its been humid and hot here lately! Time to take the Lipton Iced Tea Plunge! You know the commercial where you free fall backwards into the swimming pool to cool yourself off? We’re going to do it with an Iced Tea Cocktail instead! Prepare to Plunge!  Continue reading

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