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…

Martini in Giallo

The Martini in Giallo is an elegant yellow drink, with orange saffron strands visible at the bottom of the martini glass.

Italian Black Martinis We’ve been watching Stanley Tucci’s Searching for Italy, which has been completely inspiring on many levels. It brings me back to my time there, and everything looks so delicious! When he traveled to Milan, there was discussion of a Black Martini (though we didn’t notice him actually drink one). That inspired us…

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…

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…

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,…

Still Snowing

An orange cocktail in a lowball glass sits on a rail outside in the snow.

Folks, it’s still snowing here! I’m snowed in, and want to enjoy a snow day, even though I have a million things to do. I decided that making a little cocktail during the day would be a nice nod to the celebratory aspects of being snowed in, while also allowing me to get on with…

Blue Bonnie Spruce

The Blue Bonnie Spruce is a winter gin-and-tonic type cocktail, which is garnished with a pine sprig.

Another request! The Hot As Helm, even thought it went untasted by everyone but me due to the pandemic, inspired a wish for “inspired” signature cocktails. There were no specific requests attached to this one, which made it both easy and difficult at the same time. A Gin and Tonic for Winter? Discuss. The truth is,…

Steal His Look

Bernie Sanders, with mask and mittens, sits near Steal His Look cocktails.

Over here at the Pandemic Pub, we can hardly catch our breath, we’re laughing so hard at the Bernie memes. What’s that? Did someone say they’re getting a little tired of seeing Bernie everywhere? Get out of our pub. Really, this is just what we needed, and it’s been nice to laugh, and relax our…

Captain Arthur Hastings

The Captain Arthur Hastings, like the Arthur's World it was based on, is a yellow cocktail, in a martini glass, with a strong rim.

This drink is a sequel to Arthur’s World, which we thought was fine, but perhaps not interesting enough…all light, with no complementary flavor. Elizabeth took what was left in the shaker and added vanilla, and we re-rimmed with a little more salt, in addition to the earlier chili powders, salt and cinnamon. It was an…

Arthur’s World

Arthur's World is a yellow, rimmed cocktail in a martini glass.

We think we named this drink after a children’s show, but we’re not sure. Elizabeth’s 4 year-old nephew called us and asked for our favorite animal and fruit, “for Arthur’s world”. Of course, we told him, but we were missing the connection. Maybe this is the 90s cartoon, from the earlier books, or maybe this…