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Winter is Coming

Hello readers!  As the days grow shorter and air grows crisper, I have been getting in the mood for holiday inspired cocktails.  As per a request on Instagram here is my new favorite Egg Nog Recipe.

Drambuie Egg Nog

Scottish Eggnog

4 egg yolks

4 egg whites

1 pint whole milk

1 cup heavy cream

12 oz Drambuie

1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

+4 oz Glenfiddich 12yr (optional, if you’d like more of a kick!)

In a bowl, beat the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Add the Drambuie, milk, cream, nutmeg, and vanilla.

Place the egg whites in the bowl and beat into stiff peaks.

Whisk the egg whites into the mixture. Chill and serve in a punch bowl with grated nutmeg atop.

*Tip: Make the day before and chill covered in the fridge. Eggnog traditionally sat for days before serving to meld the flavors.

Stay tuned for more cold weather cocktails!




Warm Weather. Cold Drinks.

When warm weather approaches, many imbibers switch from sipping whiskey to an icy concoction.  I too enjoy a cooling beverage on a hot day, but often keep my beloved whiskey as a base.  To start Memorial Day Weekend off with a bang i’d like to share my favorite whiskey cocktails on ice!   NEW YORK SOUR I have to admit, I never thought of mixing red wine with whiskey, but hey why not!  Liquor.com contributor Jacques Bezuidenhout shared this cooling sweet and sour tipple. recipe-ny-sour-290x290

  • 2 oz Rye whiskey or Bourbon
  • .75 oz Simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
  • 1 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Egg white (optional)
  • .5 oz Red wine

Add all the ingredients except the wine to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake well and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Carefully pour the wine over the back of a spoon so it floats on top of the drink. (recipe from Liquor.com)

PENICILLIN For those who cannot get enough of the smokiness of an Islay Scotch, The Penicillin is the way to go.  A spirit forward cocktail balanced with gooey honey and citrus and topped off with your favorite Scottish smoke. penicillin-cocktail-ftr

  • 2 ounces blended Scotch whisky (such as Grant’s)
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce honey syrup 
  • 3 slices fresh ginger
  • 1/4 ounce Islay single malt Scotch (such as Laphroaig)

Muddle fresh ginger in the bottom of a cocktail shaker until it is well mashed.  Add blended Scotch, lemon juice, and honey syrup to the shaker.  Fill the shaker with ice and shake quickly until chilled.  Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and pour the Islay Scotch over the back of a bar spoon so that it floats atop the drink. MONKEY JAM SOUR Last but not least is my personal favorite of the moment.  Mixing this with Monkey Shoulder is a MUST but it will not disappoint! 52e91b4a59c18

  • 1.5 ounces Monkey Shoulder
  • .2 ounces sugar syrup
  • 2 tsp Jam (of your choice – any and all work!)
  • .7 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • Soda water (optional)
  • Dash orange bitters

Combine all ingredients in a shaker.  Add fresh ice and shake quickly until chilled.  Strain into an ice filled glass.  Top with soda water if you choose! I would love to hear what your favorite whiskey cocktails are and add to my ever growing recipe book. Cheers and Happy Memorial Day!

What to Drink Right Now


About a year ago I had the pleasure of meeting The Whisky Woman…aka Alison Patel.  I first learned about Allison during my research on other women in the whisky world, and was excited to find out that she too lives in NYC (what a coincidence)!

After following Allison’s blog for some time, she came out with an exciting and groundbreaking announcement.  Not only is she a woman who is passionate and knowledgeable about whisky – she is a woman who founded, produces and owns her own whisky brand – Brenne!  I knew I had to meet her and try Brenne.

I met Allison at a sampling event last fall for Brenne.  There are not enough good things to say about her; she is sweet, down-to-earth, driven, passionate…the list goes on.  What really resonated with me was the fact that her whisky is truly a product of her own blood, sweat and tears.  She has been involved in every step of the process; from conceptualizing and travelling to Cognac where she met her distiller, to starting her own importing company through which she imports Brenne.  Every step of the process was and is authentically Allison.

Not only is Allison’s story incredible, but so is the whisky itself.  Brenne is unique in that it is produced in the Cognac region of France, clearly not the norm for whiskies.  This first edition, entitled Estate Cask, has no age statement as every barrel is bottle in Single Barrel releases.  Upon tasting it I immediately got notes of fruit, especially banana, which is beautifully balanced by the spiciness of malted barley and sweetness of the Cognac soaked oak barrels.  Let’s just say that it was so good that I walked out with two bottles that night!

After enjoying Brenne over the past year I have come to find that my favorite way to sip it is neat with a twist of citrus and a few drops of water.  If you are in the market for something new and a little different than what you are used, to I highly recommend Brenne.  (Not to mention I always enjoy supporting my fellow women in the whisky community!)


Tips for Tales

Photo Credit: Fine Young Man Productions

Each July hundreds of imbibers head to the bustling French quarter in New Orleans for the cocktail fete of the year.  The Hotel Monteleone is transformed into a sea of spirits being shaken, stirred and served up by the best ambassadors and bartenders in the industry.  It is extremely easy to get lost in these glistening bottles and hours upon hours of events – so to help you make the most of your experience I’ve gathered some tips to guide you through your week at Tales!

You can’t have enough clothes. New Orleans in July is viciously hot and even more humid, resulting in a lot of sweaty clothes.  Pack light summer clothes, but pack more than you think you will need.  I found wearing bathing suits under my sun dresses worked best for keeping cool.  Think cotton, not silk.

There are always more drinks. You are by no means obligated to finish every drink.  Delicious libations will greet you at every corner so take a few sips and dis-guard to avoid being intoxicated by 10AM.  TOTC co-founders Ann and Paul Tuennerman remind that it’s a marathon not a sprint!

Eat.  And then eat again. Make sure you tick off your daily breakfast lunch and dinner.  And then sprinkle some snacks into your routine as well.  Food will be the fuel that powers you through the day and ensures you don’t end up passed out in a bush somewhere.  And while you’re at it, stop by Café du Monde for one of the best beignets you will ever have.

Recharge. Your body is going to be in constant party mode so it is crucial for you to step back and recharge.  Take a trip to the hotel gym or go for a pre-cocktail run – I’ve even heard rumor that Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur is hosting yoga sessions this year!

H2O is your best friend. With cocktails galore it is really easy to forget to drink your daily dose of H2O.  The good thing is there is tons of free water everywhere, so when you see it, drink it!

Friends don’t let friends walk home alone. At TOTC you see everyone you work with and know in the cocktail community all over the streets of the French quarter.  It is really easy to let your guard down, but you have to keep in mind that this is in fact a city, with REAL crime so practice your safety skills.

May you drink well and make many memories – cheers!

Whiskey During a Heatwave

Summer in New York City – while we all dream about it during the short, dark days of winter, when the heat index sky-rockets to 105, summer isn’t as glamorous as it seemed.  Thanks to the unbearable humidity and scorching sun, lately I have felt like I am living in a perpetual sauna.  My hair is in a constant state of frizz perched over my sweat drenched skin.  It’s the kind of heat that makes you scour the streets for shady trees and coffee shops blasting cool air.  Despite the grueling temperature and the desire to sit inside my perfectly chilled apartment, my whiskey itch always wins, sending me out in search of a refreshing beverage…and hopefully a good story or two!

Now I know what many of you are thinking “whiskey?!  In 100 degree weather!”  The great thing is that whiskey is not just a cold weather tipple.  In fact, some of my favorite ways to enjoy the delicious amber liquid are heat wave approved and tested by yours truly!


Whiskey Sour – a simple and delicious cocktail combining whiskey (often bourbon), fresh lemon juice and sugar.  The best whiskey sours have a dash of egg white to create a frothy white top on a mountain of ice cubes.


Mint Julep – Often associated with the Kentucky Derby, the mint julep originated in the southern United States.  Today mint juleps are made with a variety of different spirits, but my favorite is the old-fashioned version: mint leaves, bourbon, sugar and water.  You know you have found a great mint julep when it is served in a silver or pewter cup coated by a chilly frost outside the cup.


Bourbon Cream – On a recent trip to Kentucky I was introduced to Buffalo Trace’s latest addition, Bourbon Cream.  The liqueur is a sweet creamy bundle of vanilla and Buffalo Trace Bourbon.  We mixed it with root beer for an incredible dessert treat – the perfect end to a hot summer day!

Stay cool!

Where to Drink: Union Square

One of the best parts about living in New York City is discovering the exciting places that pop up in each neighborhood.  Perched above my very own neighborhood of Union Square is the newly opened Hyatt hotel which has finally opened its doors after five long years of construction.  What I love most about this hotel is that it mixes contemporary design with a classic style.  The corner of 13th Street and Fourth Avenue remains wrapped in the historical façade which keeps the charm of the city block.

Hotel Lobby

Stepping inside the Hyatt, you are immediately transported into an oasis of artistic design.  A 23-foot high ceiling greats you in this grand entrance dressed in custom pieces, designed by acclaimed interior designer Paul Vega.  The space has an entirely modern feel, but not the modern that represents icy metal and sharp lines – the Hyatt is anything but that.  This space takes a new meaning to the word modern with its use of materials and elements from the natural world, evoking the creative and luxe bohemian spirit.

Ok, so now the really exciting part!  Inside this urban sanctuary sit two brand new restaurants by One Five Hospitality Group, led by well-respected restaurateurs Jo-Ann Makovitzky and Marco A. Moreira.  They have created a space for all things single with the original Singl Lounge.  This sexy and vibrant setting features a custom bar and seating.  Above the bar hangs a translucent, fabric scrim ceiling of suspended, twisted vines – a modern inspiration of a classic chandelier.  The metaphor is most explicit in a commissioned art instillation depicting a flock of birds emerging from a feather – a tongue in cheek gesture.  In addition to a menu of artisanal cocktails, Singl offers an extensive list of Single Malts, Single vineyard wines and, most importantly, I’m sure a selection of single New Yorkers =)


An American Spirit!

Jet-lagged and suffering a terrible case of the Monday’s I scanned my outlook calendar at 8AM for some hope.  After taking a moment to convince myself that it was actually July, a sense of elation zipped through me when I realized a perfect holiday decided to squeeze itself into the middle of the week!  Independence day, more commonly known as the Fourth of July, celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.  To me, this is an iconic American holiday, and what better way to toast our great nation than with an iconic American spirit – whiskey that is!

I have to admit, I am not a huge fan of the patriotic colored cocktails.  I’d rather save the red, white and blue for my bikini and fill my cup with something amber.  Before you head out to your Fourth of July picnic, take a peek at these delicious cocktail recipes.

Hudson Whiskey Mint Julep

The first bourbon whiskey to be distilled in New York since the time of prohibition, has the perfect Mint Julep recipe to help honor the tradition of the delicious cocktail at home.

In a tall glass or a traditional julep cup, combine 2 ½ Parts of Hudson Four Grain Bourbon Whiskey, 6-8 Mint Leaves and a splash of simple syrup. Stir everything with crushed ice and garnish with a mint sprig.

Maker’s Mark® Collins

This Maker’s Mark® version of the Tom Collins substitutes the original premium handmade bourbon for traditional gin. Sweet and strong, this delicious new spin on an old favorite is the perfect way to celebrate!

  • 2 parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon
  • 1 part fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Club soda
  • Maraschino cherry and orange slice

In a shaker full of ice, add Maker’s Mark,® fresh lemon juice and sugar. Shake well and strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice. Top with soda and garnish with orange slice and maraschino cherry.

Kentucky Bubbly

A favorite in the summer months, this sparkling concoction is a perfect way to impress your guests and refresh them with a hint on bourbon!

  • 1 part Maker’s Mark® Bourbon
  • Chilled Martinelli’s® sparkling apple cider
  • Maraschino cherry

Add Maker’s Mark® Bourbon to a champagne flute, then fill with chilled sparkling apple cider. Add a maraschino cherry.

Cheers to a happy Independence Day!