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Root Beer Rum Horchata Float

By |2018-07-15T15:29:07-07:00August 6, 2015|

Root beer is one of my favorite sodas because it’s so smooth and spicy. Each sip has a buttery note with accents of cloves, cinnamon, ginger and other sassafras brewer specific combinations.

Summer Grilling and Wines to Match

By |2016-02-20T08:56:23-08:00July 18, 2015|

By Astrid Young, professional sommelier Summertime is prime time for grilling, the outdoors, soft breezes and late day sunshine are a perfect pairing backyard parties and good friends. What better [...]

Southern Peach Bourbon Freeze

By |2014-09-12T06:59:02-07:00August 12, 2014|

I’m not the only one in my family passionate about food. My brother, who is a food and beverage director in Atlanta, was just featured in the Atlanta Business Chronicle. [...]

Apple Ginger Martini

By |2014-11-23T12:22:02-08:00November 23, 2013|

I love making simple syrups to complement holidays. It’s an easy, entertaining way to add excitement to the bar. This Thanksgiving, I prepared an apple ginger simple syrup by steeping [...]

20 Zestuous Labor Day Recipes

By |2014-01-12T20:39:08-08:00August 29, 2013|

Appetizers This collection of recipes will help you celebrate the end of summer. Gather up your friends and family, light up the grill and enjoy the great outdoors. Tabasco Grilled [...]

Grilled Cocktails

By |2014-06-22T10:10:36-07:00July 25, 2013|

Before you throw your steaks and chicken on the grill, liven up the party with these grilled cocktails. Ditch the ready-made cocktail mixes packed with sugar and preservatives and keep [...]

Perfect Holiday Cocktails

By |2014-11-23T12:25:00-08:00December 6, 2012|

Simple syrups make holiday cocktails…simple. When our family gets together for the holidays, we spend so much time on the meal that we sometimes forget about the drinks. Well, we [...]

Candy Cane Simple Syrup

By |2014-12-26T15:17:33-08:00December 6, 2012|

Nothing says Christmas like candy canes. This simple syrup amps up the holiday favorite for adults. It’s best mixed with vodka, rum or gin. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:111] Creamy Candy Canetini Fill a [...]

Pear-Ginger Simple Syrup

By |2013-12-30T10:37:48-08:00December 6, 2012|

This simple syrup has beautiful, subtle flavors of the season and makes great martinis. It’s best served with gin or vodka. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:108] Pear-Ginger Martini Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, [...]

Spiced Pecan Simple Syrup

By |2018-07-15T23:40:39-07:00December 6, 2012|

Don’t let the spices in this syrup turn you off. The mild flavor of sage brings all the flavors together and takes the bite out of bourbon. With this syrup, [...]

Cranberry-Orange Simple Syrup

By |2014-11-23T12:21:03-08:00December 6, 2012|

This refreshing simple syrup, with its vibrant red color, just screams happy holidays. It’s great with rum, vodka or even mixed with a sweet white wine like prosecco or moscato. [...]

Skinny Pink Lemonade

By |2015-01-17T09:54:27-08:00December 1, 2012|

For this Vegas girl, lemonade season is in the winter. Sure I enjoy a refreshing glass when temps top 100 degrees, but my Meyer lemon tree doesn’t produce its beautiful [...]

Prosecco Mojito

By |2015-03-19T08:30:34-07:00June 15, 2012|

On a hot summer day, this is the most refreshing cocktail. I served it at a party recently and one pitcher was gone in about 10 minutes. I love mojitos [...]

Raspberry Sangria

By |2015-03-19T08:39:33-07:00May 26, 2012|

This summer cocktail is slightly sweet, a little tart and very refreshing. I learned about it at my favorite restaurant in Salado, Texas ~ Adelea's on Main. While searching for [...]

Summer Orchard on the Rocks

By |2014-06-22T10:10:39-07:00August 7, 2011|

Fresh peaches, savory basil and a splash of lime make this cocktail perfect for this triple digit summer. My best memory of peaches was when I traveled to Huber’s Orchard [...]