Thursday, June 29, 2017

Velveteen Lounge Kitsch-en Blue Sangria!

Ready for a refreshing summer drink that's as pretty as a turquoise sea? Here's our signature sangria, which we served last weekend at Ohana Luau at the Lake! It's like a quick trip to the beach!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Barbie's Pink Paradise: The Room

On yesterday's episode we featured the recipe for the drink we served in our Barbie-themed party room at Ohana Luau at the Lake. Here are some photos of the room itself, taken before the sticky madness of spilled drinks, cookie crumbs and all of the other trappings of a successful party. We had a great time! Now, what will our theme be next year...?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Barbie's Pink Paradise: The Pink Drink

Here's the recipe for the pretty pink drink that we served in our crawl room at Ohana Luau at the Lake Friday night! I got some good shots I'll post soon, too. We had a great time - already thinking about next year's theme!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Mocktail Monday: Palm Frond

We just returned from Ohana Luau at the Lake and boy, do I need a mocktail! Fortunately it just happens to be Mocktail Monday! Here's one to keep the tiki spirit of the weekend alive, yet allow us to get back to work, the Palm Frond:

Palm Frond

1 1/2 oz Santa Cruz Organic Peach Lemonade
1 1/2 oz R.W. Knudsen Pineapple-Coconut Juice
1 1/2 oz DRY Sparkling Blood Orange Soda
1 1/2 oz Italian lemon soda

Combine all ingredients with ice and stir gently.

Back to reality for us! Be sure to check out tomorrow's episode for the recipe from our Barbie-themed crawl room, Barbie's Pink Paradise!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Road Trip Recipes: Travel Bar Cocktails & Easy Vegan Sandwiches

Planning a road trip? We have easy recipes for the trip and after you arrive safely at your destination! You will have earned a cocktail. Here's to road trips!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Mocktail Monday: Misty Monday

It's that time again - Mocktail Monday! Here's a non-alcoholic concoction to enjoy instead of or in addition to booze - no judgement here!

Misty Monday

2 oz R.W. Knudsen pineapple-coconut juice
2 oz brewed black tea
1 tsp raspberry syrup (I used Monin)
Club soda

Combine the first three ingredients in a chimney glass or small tumbler and add a splash of club soda to fill.

Have a fabulous week!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Yes, You CAN Mix Cocktails!

Tonight's live broadcast features cocktails mixed with canned sparkling wine, porter and cider! Yes, you CAN mix fabulous drinks from canned ingredients!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Lavender Liqueur is Underway!

I'm on a liqueur-making roll lately! In addition to the strawberry and melon liqueurs I made to take to Ohana Luau at the Lake next week and the limoncello in this week's episodes, I've begun a small batch of lavender. I'm winging it this time, but I have high hopes. It's looking a little charcoal gray at the moment, owing to the flowers leaching in the vodka base. Tasting soon...

Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Lemony, Bubbly Cocktail That Simply Screams Summer!

On Tuesday's episode (click here to watch) we showed you how to make limoncello. Today we have yet another way to use up that lemony goodness, this time in a light, sparkling summer cocktail. Cheers!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

How to Make Limoncello Plus Recipes for a Limoncello Cocktail and Dip!

Grab that peeler - today we're making limoncello and using it in delicious recipes! Pour some into a pretty bottle and it also makes a great gift for your favorite host or hostess with the most or mostess!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Mocktail Monday: Tropical Teatime

It is HOT here today! It's just the kind of weather that makes you wish you were sipping a tropical cocktail on the beach. We may not be on the beach and it may be a little too early to start imbibing, but here's something you can enjoy right now! Stay cool!

Tropical Teatime

4 oz brewed black tea
2 oz Santa Cruz Organic Cherry Lemonade
A splash of your favorite cola

Combine all ingredients with a generous amount of ice and stir. Repeat as necessary.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Viewer Request Cocktails & Vintage Experiments

Another of our infamous liquored up live broadcasts! We were pleasantly surprised by some dusty old bottles in the back of our bar and rediscovered some classic drinks!

Friday, June 9, 2017

'Tis The Season for Making Liqueur

Our house is slowly being overtaken by piles of stuff to take with us to Ohana Luau at the Lake, where we will be hosting a crawl room and vending the following day. It's still two weeks off and these piles are growing steadily. I expect to not be able to actually get into the office soon!

What you largely don't see here is the enormous amount of liquor we're taking. Much of it is being purchased for us in New Hampshire, the land of tax-free state liquor stores, but much is also currently in our refrigerator. That is because I've been making liqueur for two separate cocktails. I've already shown the strawberry liqueur here, but here's the melon. They're both equally easy to make. All you need is a little patience and you will be rewarded with a higher quality liqueur than you would typically get for a low price. For the amount of melon liqueur we need it would have been $60. Instead it cost us one cantaloupe and some vodka and sugar, which we already had. If you're interested in making your own, here is the recipe for the strawberry and here is the recipe for the melon. And, coincidentally, on Tuesday's episode we'll be showing how to make your own limoncello! 

Almost ready - just strain and add simple syrup!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Classic Cocktail Recipe with Seagram's 7 Crown: The Explorer

We're traveling back in time for today's happy hour with a travel-themed highball, The Explorer! Grab some Seagram's 7 Crown, some pineapple juice, grapefruit juice and tonic water and you're all set! Perfect for a summer evening!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Dark & Stormy Cocktail Recipe Plus an Easy Dark & Stormy Appetizer!

It's raining here in New York today, but that's okay - we have Dark & Stormy cocktails and appetizers to brighten our day!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Mocktail Monday: Lucy

It's Mocktail Monday once again and today's treat is a little something I'm calling Lucy, since it was the first name that popped into my head. It IS red, which is perfect for everyone's favorite Lucy! Cheers!


5 generous dashes orange bitters
4 oz Santa Cruz Organic Pomegranate Agua Fresca
Club soda to fill

Combine ingredients in a champagne flute and stir gently.

Have a fabulous week!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Testing Old Monk Rum and Mixing Cocktails! Recipes Included!

Did you miss tonight's live broadcast? Find it here! We discovered an exciting, CHEAP rum and we're sharing!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Pour an Easy Rum Party!

The weekend is upon us and you may be tempted to pour an easy rum party. Happily, we have recipes for that, courtesy of Pour an Easy Rum Party (1975), brought to you by Rums of Puerto Rico! There's something here for all of your weekend needs, whether you're cooking out or in. Click on the images to see them full sized.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Cocktail Recipe with Basil and Strawberry - Collab with Xingcat!

Today's happy hour cocktail is full of summery freshness, with fresh basil and strawberry! We're very excited to partner with Xingcat on this one - a fun and fabulous YouTube channel featuring three ingredient recipes and many amazing puppets! Today we're joined by Simon, the pack rat. Cheers!