Cocktails

Limoncello Prosecco Cocktail – Friday’s 5 o’clock Wet Your Whistle Call!

 
Whether it is Champagne from France, Prosecco from Italy, Sekt from Germany, Cava from Spain or my go to bubbly Sparkling Wines from California, I always feel like it is a party when the cork is popped and the bubbles tingle the tip of my nose. Most people wait for a reason to celebrate with champagne but if you start with champagne, life then turns into a party. Each day can have a reason to celebrate.

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Mocha Nog Punch – Friday’s 5 o’clock Wet Your Whistle Call!

 
Mocha Nog
Eggnog may have its beginnings in the “Old World” but leave it to Americans to put a new twist on an old theme. Rum was used in the place of wine. In Colonial America, rum was commonly called “grog”, so it seems likely that the name eggnog  was derived from the very descriptive term for this drink, “egg-and-grog”, which evolved to egg’n’grog and then to the present day version of eggnog. Sounds good to me!

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Tinsel Bellini – Friday’s 5 o’clock Wet Your Whistle Call!

 
It’s time to decorate the Christmas tree!  I thought back to the Christmas trees of my childhood that were draped with little strands of tinsel and how much the decorations have changed. Well it’s not just the decorations that have changed but so have the cocktails. This week’s tasty treat has an amazing success story to go with it. I love stories like this!

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Basil North – Friday’s 5 o’clock Wet Your Whistle Call!

Basil North Martini 
Basil North Martini
 
The Santa Ana Winds have hit Southern California and it is HOT!! Yes it is autumn but this week I think we need a chilly, refreshing cocktail to end our very hot week. Every aspiring mixologist should have several vodka drinks in their creative arsenal because vodka is always a crowd pleaser.

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Spellbinder Eyeballs Cocktail – Friday’s 5 o’clock Wet Your Whistle Call!

 

Vampire’s Bite with Spellbinder Eyeballs

Feeling a little anemic lately? This Vampire Bite is just what the doctor ordered! As you bring the glass to your lips you will be under the spell of the floating eyeball speared across your glass. Just like in the movies when the vampire gazes into your eyes and the eerie music begins to play, pulling you close to the vampire so he can take a bite.

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Bloody Snake Venom – Friday’s 5 o’clock Wet Your Whistle Call!

blood rim glass
 
Isn’t Halloween the most fun! Nothing allows you the opportunity to be outrageous like this holiday! Try serving your friends a drink with blood running down the glass any other time of the year and they may have you committed. Now you can keep up with the “spooky Joneses” like the Munster’s or Adams Family who were once the only ones with these kinds of recipes. Creep-a-luscious sipping!

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Ghostly Cocktails – Friday’s 5 o’clock Wet Your Whistle Call!

Today is October 1st and it is “legal” to start the Halloween festivities! And since it is Friday, what better way to get in the mood than to have a triple play of unique Halloween cocktails? What makes these cocktails unique is the black vodka.

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Maple Leaf Cocktail – Friday’s 5 o’clock Wet Your Whistle Call!

 
Mapleleaf Martini
 
As we feel the change of the seasons, it’s time to slip into an autumn state of mind. Even in Southern California we can feel the crispness of fall in the air. Rushing home from work on a Friday evening to sit by the pool, sipping a refreshing cocktail, as you fire up the barbeque while the sun still warms your skin is an evening of the past.

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

Micheladas!
 

In it’s simplest terms, it’s really a Beer Bloody Mary. According to Wikipedia, the word Michelada is the combination of the words “mix” and “chela” The word “chela” is a popular way to call a beer in Mexico. It comes from the English word “chill”. When you ask for a chela you are asking for a cold beer. “Mix” comes from the mix of sauces added to the beer. Therefore putting the two words together Mix-chela sounds like Michelada. Others argue that it stands for “Mi Chela Helada”, meaning “My cold beer”. The most likely source, however, comes from the word “Michelob.” Continue reading

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