Mulled Wine

Happy National Mulled Wine Day! Evidently it March 3 every year. In honor of that, here is a great recipe! INGREDIENTS: 1 (750 ml) bottle of dry red wine 1/4 cup brandy (or orange liqueur) 1 orange, sliced into rounds (also peeled, if you would like a less-bitter drink) 8 whole cloves 2 cinnamon sticks 2 star anise 2 to 4 tablespoons brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup to…

Michelle’s Marvelous Margaritas

I think I really discovered a love for margaritas while living out west near the Mexican border. Back in those days, you could cross the border with a Driver’s license. We spent many Sundays in a small border town having amazing margaritas. Here is my reconstruction of those sunny days. I am a purist, it…

Perfect Cocktails for Tax Day

This week, I did something a little different in honor of the IRS with Bartender Barry along for the ride.  Here is a collection of themed cocktails guaranteed to numb the pain.  If nothing else, these will make you laugh.  Happy tax day.  Remember, if you owed… you earned! Procrastination Citrusy and refreshing.  It will…

Cranberry Orange Wassail

INGREDIENTS: 1 thumb of fresh ginger, sliced 12 whole cloves 6 whole allspice berries 8 cups (1/2 gallon) of apple cider 2 cups of cranberry juice 2 cups orange juice 1/3 cup brown sugar 1 medium orange, sliced 1 medium tart apple, sliced 1 medium lemon, sliced 4 cinnamon sticks 1/4 cup of cranberries Optional…

Lavender Lemonade

Summer seems to beg for lemonade and we love this lavender version.  Lavender grows almost anywhere and returns after the Winter in the Southeast.  It can also be grown in a pot for year round use.  This recipe uses honey as a sweeter versus processed sugar.  We enjoy the floral quality that it adds.  Sugar…