Drinks with Reads

Nothing goes better with a good book than a good drink, so if you’ve made a resolution to read more this year, or if you’re just looking for a fun new read, don’t miss the 2016 recap of Mystery Playground’s Drinks with Read series: http://www.mysteryplayground.net/2016/12/drinks-with-reads-2016-recap.html Continue reading Drinks with Reads

Drinks by the Dram Advent Calendars

One of my BFFs, H2, posted these awesome pics on facebook this morning – a little treat she bought herself for the season.  Whoa!  looks so cool! Unfortunately they are only available in the UK at the moment, so you’ll need some connections or pay a hefty price to get one for yourself, but at least you can start planning for next year:  http://www.drinksbythedram.com/advent-calendars/ Continue reading Drinks by the Dram Advent Calendars

Jelly Belly Cocktails

Halfway between the family farm and Napa Valley lies the town of Fairfield, home of Jelly Belly.  We made the stop on our most recent journey and was quickly reminded of the Cocktail line that I hadn’t tasted in awhile. You can buy bags already mixed, or make your own of all the favors:  Pina Colada, Mojito, Strawberry Daquiri, Margarita, Peach Bellini, Pomegranate Cosmo… There’s … Continue reading Jelly Belly Cocktails

Concord Grape Balsamic Shrub

We received some concord grapes in our produce box, and after eating a few they started to languish in the fridge.  Not wanting them to go to waste, I remembered my friend NC making a grape shrub last year, so I quickly searched the internet for a recipe and got to work. I used this recipe from Food 52:  https://food52.com/recipes/19334-concord-grape-balsamic-shrub 3 1/2 cups Concord grapes … Continue reading Concord Grape Balsamic Shrub

Olympics = Caipirinhas

Each Olympics I host an Opening Ceremony party, with the theme being whatever country is hosting.  With the fiesta kicking off in Rio this year, I grabbed a bottle of cachaça to mix up their national drink for the big night. Caipirinhas are pretty easy to make – you just need the chacaca, sugar, limes and ice. Muddle 4 lime wedges and 2 teaspoons sugar … Continue reading Olympics = Caipirinhas