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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!




Whiskey on New Years Eve


The holiday season is slowly winding down.  Packages have been unwrapped, feasts have been enjoyed and the radio stations are back to their routine playlists.  But no holiday season would be complete without the final bash of the year – New Years Eve.

New Years Eve is the one day during the year that you can wear your body hugging disco ball gown and completely get away with it.  It’s all about picking the perfect party with the perfect people and waiting for the ball to drop.  The countdown to 2013 will be filled with anticipation, excitement and clinking glasses filled with bubbly champagne.  All around the world there will be a dizzying giddiness laced with hopes of midnight kisses that last until the first sliver of dawn.

Whether you are out for the evening or hosting your own New Years Eve fun it’s always good to have the perfect champagne cocktail on hand.  You can be sure that I will be sipping on a delicious French 95.

New Years Even French 95

.75 parts bourbon whiskey (i like Hudson Baby Bourbon)

.75 parts simple syrup

.5 part fresh lemon juice

1 part fresh orange juice


Shake all ingredients (except champagne) with ice and strain into an ice-filled goblet.  Top with champagne and serve.

Cheers to a happy (and safe) new years!

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!