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….

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…

Peppermint Twist (September 1, 2021)

A mason jar of Peppermint Twist gleams on a sunny windowsill, with a Seattle marina behind it.

Remember the Peppermint Twist, the homemade peppermint liqueur that we made over at Pandemic Pub? We still have some, and it’s as delicious as ever. This view is out the window of my Seattle art studio. Beautiful, isn’t it? Lots of things have changed in the pandemic! Enjoyed on September 1, 2021

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…

In the Heat of the Night

In the Heat of the Night is a rimmed cocktail that's pale green and served in a green glass with ice.

This was one spicy cocktail, but it was just what I was looking for! The spice masked a little bitterness from the raspberry liqueur. That raspberry liqueur has proved a little difficult to mix properly because it’s quite strong and bitter. So it seemed smart in this drink, because its compatriots were equally strong, though…

Spicy Margarita

The spicy margarita is served over ice with a rim.

Folks, I wanted to get cute and give this delicious a name like “TJIF” (the J stands for Jalapeño, of course) or something but let’s be honest – it’s just a spicy margarita! Simple and delicious. I’ve been on a spicy drink kick very recently and nothing is simpler for that than tequila and jalapeño,…

Lemony Snicket (August 15, 2021)

The Lemony Snicket is an unusual-looking cocktail in a crooked martini glass, with an oversized lemon garnish with prominent seeds.

We’ve been enjoying our limoncello recently, as well as the show Hacks. (And Jean Smart is from Seattle – we didn’t know that!) This drink, though not necessarily inspired by Hacks, was a companion as we watched an episode. And this line stuck out at us, and we don’t even know why: F*** you, Lemony…

Hood Canal Lemonhead

These cocktails are served over ice, with shreds of muddled mint, and large mint sprigs for garnish.

These fun cocktails come in fun glasses, courtesy of Elizabeth’s college friends! We went to visit them at their place in Hood Canal, near Seattle and made these drinks one evening. They were very lemon-centric, with Limoncello, citrus juice, and actual lemonade. We used mint from the garden – twice – and enjoyed a happy…