Bright red festive cocktails garnished with orange slices sit on a holiday table.

Little Christmas Growing up, we always celebrated Little Christmas as well as Christmas. I don’t recall knowing anyone else who did, so here’s a little context if you’d like it: Little Christmas, also known as Epiphany, Three Kings Day and other names, is January 6 on the calendar. This is officially the twelfth day of…

The Fireside Chat

Two sherry glasses garnished with cherries sit on a brick hearth in front of a fire.

It was a dark and stormy night. Yes, yes, it’s autumn in Seattle; there are many dark, rainy nights these days! On this particular Friday night, your favorite bartenders decided to have an after-dinner cocktail in front of a cozy fire. Elizabeth created this elegant surprise and had me guess at what was in it….

Lychee Martini

Two Lychee Martinis by the window are a bright contrast to a dark evening.

Folks, we had quite a few lychees left over from our Halloween eyeball garnishes and I knew just what to do with them: lychee martinis! When I lived in Boston, I used to have the smoothest, most delicious lychee martinis. I didn’t know how or if I could recreate them, but it was worth a…

Día de los Muertos

The Día de los Muertos is bright and beautiful with a rim and a lime garnish.

Remember the candy corn-infused tequila that I made for the Candy Corn on Halloween? Well, I didn’t mention this before, but I made way too much. The truth is, I forgot I only needed enough tequila to cover the orange layer of the drink. I actually calculated the amount as though it were filling the…

Killer Clown (October 31, 2021)

The Killer Clown mocktail features garnishes that look like bloody eyeballs.

This mocktail is back by popular demand! Last year’s Killer Clown may look a little different, but it’s essentially the same: cider steeped with Hot Tamales candy and garnished with bloody eyeballs. The infusion process took a couple of days, but is very simple. I poured all the candy in a carafe and set it…

Flor de Sevilla Gin and Tonic

The Flor de Sevilla Gin and Tonic has a slight orange color.

Pandemic Pub here – coming to you from the road, with masks on! With the hot weather here in California, we’ve been making the most of tropical drinks like our family of Mai Tais. By adding one ingredient, and one word, to the cocktail every night, we’ve created an empire. Today, we decided to switch…

Gin and Tonic (September 10, 2021)

Two gin and tonics, along with dishes of Indian food on a tablecloth, are viewed from above.

Fall is around the corner. We suspected this might be one of our last chances to enjoy the summery chill of a nice, cold Gin and Tonic. There was tonic water left in the fridge, along with plenty of limes. We thought it would taste delicious with Indian food too, so we went all out….

Margarita (September 4, 2021)

A classic margarita is poured over ice - not frozen - and garnished with a lime and salt rim.

This margarita came to me through luck. Elizabeth’s friend Katherine came for a short (micro) visit and they had margaritas while I was busy on a Zoom class. They made enough for three, in case I’d be able to join them, which I’m glad about! But this is the only record of that drink, because…

Jamie’s New Job

Jamie's New Job looks like a glass of soda but is a Kahlúa cocktail with an orange slice garnish.

The Story This is a red-letter day, folks! Long story short, my friend Jamie has been working super-hard to learn some important new skills. Her diligence paid off and she accepted an amazing job offer. Today our Zoom group, which has been meeting every week since long before the pandemic, was able to toast Jamie’s…

Spicy Mint Avocado Margarita

Three Spicy Mint Avocado Margaritas sit on a windowsill in the sun.

Too many margaritas? We had a lot of tequila and an almost unseemly amount of limes. (Or was it the other way around?) The only thing to do is make margaritas! I don’t know if you can have too many margaritas (don’t answer that) but I was in the mood for a variation on this…