Valentine’s Day Cocktails

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What makes a great Valentine’s Day cocktail? Sharing it with someone you love! This year, Cupid’s arrow strikes on a Saturday so whether you start the day with your best girlfriends at a bubbly-filled brunch or indulge in a romantic evening with cocktails, these colorful, tasty libations are sure to set your heart beating.


Casa Amor Who can resist a sexy cocktail from George Clooney and Rande Gerber? Serves 4

8 oz. Casamigos Tequila Blanco 3 oz. Cointreau 4 oz. Blood orange puree 2 oz. Freshly squeezed lime juice Splash of Ginger beer

Shake all ingredients together in a shaker. Strain into a coupe glasses, top with ginger beer.

Garnish with a blood orange wedge and serve.


Queen of Hearts Rose is on the rise, so trendy, and just right for this romantic time of year. I love serving this cocktail year-round when I have a girlfriends’ gathering. It’s colorful, tasty, and pure fabulousness. The recipe is a rendition of ‘Broadway Bellisimo” from my book, It’s 5 o’Clock Somewhere. Serves 4

8 oz. Raspberry puree 4 oz. St. Germain Elderflower liqueur 1 bottle (750ml) Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial Champagne Fresh Strawberries or Raspberries for garnish

In a small pitcher pour raspberry puree and St. Germain, mix well.

Pour raspberry mixture to fill the bottom of each flute glass, top with Moet Rose Imperial Champagne, garnish with raspberries and serve.

Raspberry puree In a small saucepan mix 1 cup raspberries, ½ cup sugar, and ½ cup water. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar dissolves. Let cool and pour through a fine sieve or strainer into a pitcher. Puree will keep refrigerated up to 1 week.


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Dirty Robby Serves 4

This potent cocktail is named after a friend and whiskey lover. The “dirty” simply refers to using orange bitters instead of the traditional Angostura, that and also that Rob is a badass. Mix up a batch for a valentine’s cocktail before or after dinner. It’s sure to get the conversation started.

8 ounces of Ballantine’s Blended Scotch Whiskey 4 ounce Sweet vermouth 4 dashes of Orange bitters 4 Lemon peels, for garnish

In a shaker filled with ice, add the Scotch whiskey, the sweet vermouth and the bitters. Stir to chill. Strain into a martini glass (or an equally alluring vessel) and top with a lemon peel.

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Rum Old Fashioned Serves 4 8 oz. Brugal 1888 Rum 4 tsp. simple syrup 4 dashes of orange bitters 4 dashes of Bittermen’s Xocolatl Mole bitters

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice & stir briefly. Strain into chilled rocks glass filled with ice (one large chunk preferable) and garnish with an orange & lemon peel.

Note: simple syrup, orange and chocolate bitters can be found at fine wine and liqueur shops everywhere. Highball Heartthrob2015-02-09-AirItaly.jpg

Love struck Serves 4 8 oz Roca Patrón Reposado 4 oz Averna Amaro Italian liqueur 2 oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice 4 dashes Orange Bitters

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and add ice. Stir and strain into chilled cocktail glasses.

Garnish with orange peel. Enjoy with someone special.


Frappe XO Extreme Serves 4 8 oz Patrón XO Cafe Dark 4 oz Patrón Añejo 2 oz Chocolate Syrup 4 Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream 2 Scoop Ice Mint Sprigs for garnish

Method: Swirl the glass with chocolate syrup. Combine the ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth and pour into glasses, garnish with mint sprig and serve.

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Milano Old Fashioned Serves 4

8 oz. Tanqueray No. TEN 2 oz. Campari 8 oz. Grapefruit Juice Club Soda to top

Shake first three ingredients with ice, strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass and top with a splash of club soda. Garnish with an grapefruit slice. SVEDKA Make Me Blush2015-02-10-liquorliquorliquorginger.jpeg

Ginger Blast Serves 4

12 ounces Q Ginger 6 dashes orange bitters 8 ounces Knob Creek bourbon 4 ounce SNAP ginger liqueur Orange wedge for garnish

Fill bar glass with ice. Add SNAP ginger liqueur, bourbon and bitters. Top with Q Ginger and stir. Strain into ice filled glasses, garnish with orange wedges and serve.


Valentine’s Twist Serves 4 8 oz. Skinnygirl Tangerine Vodka 2 oz. Fresh lime juice 2 oz. Fresh lemon juice 2 oz. Fresh orange juice 4 oz. Lemon-lime soda Orange peel to garnish

In a bar glass or pitcher mix Skinnygirl Tangerine Vodka, lime, lemon and orange juices with ice and strain glasses. Top off with a splash of lemon-lime soda and garnish with an orange slice.


D’USSE Devotion Serves 4

6 oz. D’USSE VSOP Cognac 3 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice 3 oz. House made Cinnamon Simple Syrup 4 oz Hard Cider Dash Angostura Bitters

Combine the D’USSE, Lemon Juice, Cinnamon Syrup, and Angostura Bitters in Shaker. Shake and serve up in a coupe glass. Finish with Hard Cider and a little stir.

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Pink Lady Punch Serves 4 1 cup guava nectar ½ cup apricot brandy 1 cup SVEDKA Peach vodka 1 cup lemon-lime seltzer

Combine guava nectar, brandy, and vodka in a large pitcher filled with ice. Slowly top with lemon-lime seltzer. Serve.


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Winter blues? Just because you’re freezing cold, over holiday entertaining, want to stay in and watch movies this weekend, doesn’t mean you should.Invite some friends over for winter cocktails that are fun, easy to mix up and will chase any chill away.

Put some old funky favorites on your Sonic Boom, light some candles, serve some lite bites for nibbles, and watch the temperature rise. Let’s get our winter groove on, shall we?

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The Showstopper This champagne cocktail is perfect for pouring during awards season, it has a variety of sensational flavors, just like the variety in this year’s Oscar nominees. #Hollywoodwhatsyourdream

8 oz. St. Germain liqueur 8 oz. Pomegranate juice 4 oz. peach puree or peach nectar Juice of 1 lime, freshly squeezed 1 bottle (750ml) Moet & Chandon champagne, chilled

In a small pitcher filled with ice, mix together St. Germain, pomegranate juice, peach nectar, and lime juice. Mix well. Strain into champagne flutes to fill bottom third of each glass. Top with chilled champagne and serve.

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Chocolate Martini Decadent and sexy, this martini is sure to keep you warm and satisfied. Perfect for a ski weekend or winter weekend with friends. #poursomesugaronme Serves 4 8 oz. Absolut Vanilla vodka 4 oz. Kahlua Chocolate shavings for garnish

Pour vodka and Kahlua into a cocktail shaker, fill with ice, and mix well. Strain mixture into glasses. Garnish with chocolate shavings and serve.

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Sake Martini Boss got you down? The perfect remedy for an utterly long work week. Invite some friends over, mix up a batch, put some retro tunes on, and let the party start. #fridayoptional Serves 4 8 oz. vodka 12 oz. lychee syrup 4 oz. Sake 2 oz. agave nectar

In a shaker filled with ice mix together all ingredients. Shake well, pour into glasses. Garnish with a lychee fruit if desired.

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Passion Fruit Mojitos This pastel hued cocktail will transport you to a calming sun drenched sea of aqua blue. #tropicstransported Serves 4

20 oz. light rum 2 oz. mint infused simple syrup 12 oz. passion fruit nectar 1 lime, cut into slices, plus more for garnish 12 mint leaves 4 cups crushed ice Seltzer to top

Muddle the mint, lime slices, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Pour in the passion fruit nectar and rum, and shake well. Divide mixture evenly between four glasses. Top each glass with crushed ice, a splash of seltzer, and a lime twist for garnish. Serve.

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Singapore Sling This pink lady, affectionately known as the sing-sling is a consummate party pleaser, so be sure to mix up a double batch and put the back-up in the fridge to chill. #slingemback Serves 4

8 oz. Tanqueray Gin 4 oz. Maraschino liqueur 4 oz. Cointreau 2 oz. Grenadine 2 oz. Lime juice 8 oz. Pineapple juice Dash of bitters Pineapple slices for garnish

Pour all ingredients into a pitcher filled with ice. Mix well. Pour into ice-filled glasses, garnish with pineapple wedge, and serve.

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Basil Peach Martini Deliciously fresh, these decidedly summer flavors are guaranteed to give you a warm weather buzz in the gray depths of winter. #wintersgarden

Serves 4 8 oz. Svedka PeachVodka 4 oz. Pear liqueur 4 oz. Peach nectar 4 oz. White cranberry juice

Pour all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and mix well. Strain into glasses and serve.

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Bourbon Smash Serve up some warm Southern hospitality with a batch or two of my version of the Nashville classic, the Whiskey Smash. #whiskeytango

Serves 4

8 oz. Makers Mark Bourbon whiskey 8 mint leaves 2 oz. agave nectar 2 lemons quartered Seltzer

Combine all ingredients except bourbon in a large glass or cocktail shaker. Using a muddler or wooden spoon, smash together the ingredients, add the bourbon and shake well. Strain into glasses filled with crushed ice, top with seltzer, garnish with mint and /or lemon wedge, and serve.

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Lemon Lush Bright and cheerful, this yellow colored cocktail is sure to lift your spirits, think of it as your liquid therapy session. #sunshinecocktail Serves 4 1 bottle (750ml) Skinnygirl Prosecco, chilled 4 oz. Limoncello 2 oz. Mint-infused simple syrup Mint sprigs for garnish

In a small pitcher with one cup of ice, mix the limoncello and mint simple syrup. Pour mixture into bottom third of each champagne glass. Garnish with mint sprig and serve.

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Pink Grapefruit Margaritas Although George Clooney and Rande Gerber prefer to drink it neat or on the rocks, their tequila mixed with a bit of citrus and a touch of sweet vitamin C never tasted so good. Make a batch, put on some island tunes and float away. #alwaysdrinkwithfriends

Serves 4 12 oz. Casamigos Tequila Blanco 4 oz. Grand Marnier 4 oz. Pink grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed 2 oz. lime juice, freshly squeezed

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake it like you mean it. Strain into ice filled glasses, garnish with lime wheel if desired, and serve.

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Coffee Talk Ideal for curling up by the fire, or as a respite between dinner and rolling up the rug for dancing, this sultry cocktail will keep you warm through anything. #fireinthehole Serves 4

8 oz. Patron XO Café Incendio 8 oz. espresso Heavy cream for garnish

Pour espresso into coffee cups, add Patron XO Café Incendio, top with a dollop of fresh cream and serve.

Recipes and photos adapted from It’s 5 o’Clock Somewhere, The Stylish Girls Guide to Fabulous Cocktails, and Sparkle & Splash, all by Colleen Mullaney and available on Amazon.


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Think Pink! Fabulous Fashionable Products That Support Breast Cancer Research

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Be an active part of Breast Cancer Awareness month and shop these great grabs, all of which donate part of their proceeds to Breast Cancer research or a specific charity.

Not Just Pretty Lip Service

Gloss for a cause from Bobby Brown — four ultra-pretty pinks that will make lips shimmer: Pretty Pink Sheer Lip Gloss, Pink Tulle High Shimmer Lip Gloss; Bright Lilac Lip Gloss and Soiree Pink Shimmer Lip Gloss.
When you purchase this gorgeous limited edition set, Bobbi Brown will donate $12 of every sale to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

A Perfect Flowery Finish

Tory Burch is proud to partner with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and have created this exclusive style to support the cause. The Printed Scarf features sprays of pretty pink flowers on a square of ultra-fine silk. It’s a great lightweight layer that lends a pop of cheerful pattern to any look.

Tory Burch is donating 20 percent from this purchase to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® up to a maximum of $35,000. BCRF is dedicated to advancing the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer in our lifetime.


A Fashionable Step in the Right Direction

All of us have known someone impacted by breast cancer – a mother, an aunt, a sister or a friend. To fight this terrible disease, it is critical that we continue to raise funds for research and awareness. Cape Cod Shoe Supply Co.’s Breast Cancer flip flop supports Play for P.I.N.K. and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, with a 10 percent donation of sales of this product.

The pink flip flop says “When the waters get rough, the tough diver deeper.” As every woman knows, sometimes when the going gets rough, we dive deep within ourselves and find strength we didn’t know we had. The quote honors all of the women who have been affected with breast cancer. The bright pink, white and deep pink color way is fun and light hearted, but also sends a message. You care about women’s health. Step out in style and show what you’ve got.


Magic in the Message

Unfortunately breast cancer will affect all of our lives in one way, shape or form. A positive attitude, love, friendship, and encouragement are all needed to “Fight like a Girl”. Effie’s Paper has taken the fight to a new level by using the motto on their pretty pink Breast Cancer Awareness notecards. 50 percent of the proceeds from each set will go to Girls Love Mail and their Mile of Mail campaign.


Toasting to a Cure

Entertain with ONEHOPE Chardonnay, blended of grapes from select vineyards throughout Napa, Sonoma, and the Central Coast of California. Fresh flavors of apple blossom and honeysuckle make it a wine for anytime. ONEHOPE donates half of the profits from the sale of every bottle to Gateway to Cancer Research to provide trials for women to treat and cure breast cancer.


Passionate for a Cure

Laura Slatkin, Founder and CEO of NEST Fragrances, created the PASSION Candle to honor the memory and the extraordinary achievements of Evelyn H. Lauder, Founder of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

PASSION combines the essences of blooming peony and dewy garden roses with warm sandalwood and a hint of flowering pittosporum, Evelyn Lauder’s beloved fragrance note. It also just won Interior Scent Collection of the Year! at the Fragrance Foundation Awards, who knew a candle could do so much good and be so fabulous!


Perfect Pout

Delight in giving back. This special collection of lip balms from EOS includes limited edition Strawberry Sorbet Smooth Stick lip balm, Pomegranate Raspberry Smooth Sphere lip balm, and Berry Blossom hand lotion.

A portion of proceeds will benefit breast cancer research.


Summer Essentials

Whether your heading to the beach, lake, park or backyard patio, be sure you have these fun and festive essentials on hand to ensure a summer worthy good-time!

Clos on the Go

Whats better than a chic beach bag that turns into a chair? Well, that’s not why we really love it, we love it because its fun, Trina Turk designed, and holds a perfectly chilled bottle of Clos du Bois Chardonnay, two plastic wine glasses, a corkscrew, a fabulous yellow Trina Palm Springs Block beach towel, and playing cards! Can you say sunny side up?



Cooler that Cares

Everyone needs a summer cooler, and this one is chic for a few reasons, its bright orange and retro patterned, but most importantly, Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi has joined forces with No KId Hungry to support this worthy cause through sales of the Caring Cooler. Keep your wine chilled, support charity, and be chic, all at the same time!



Be Bright

An updated modern fresh take on a silk shift…



Be my Guest

You’ll be sure to top the guest list with this delectable cake, a bit salty, and a bit sweet, something for everyone’s tastes. Have it delivered to your destination ahead of time to make your summer life easy breezy.



Set the Table

Perfect for the patio, or to bring along to a barbeque, this crabby clawed set will show off any salad you’re serving.



It’s a wrap

Chilly evenings call for a light layer. These turkish scarves have all that, in a rainbow of colors, and super soft, you might have to get a least a few fro the season.





Got Limes?

  • A catastrophic shortage of limes is making for cocktail conumdrums on a global scale. Between the heavy rains knocking blossoms off the trees, a bacteria infesting the citrus trees, and the drug cartels hijacking delivery trucks,(really?), there is a now a black market for these magical little green orbs.

Have no fear, and let us think, there is other citrus to add to your drinks!
Here are a few of my springtime favorites, just pour, squeeze, and enjoy!

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Hello Sunshine

Tasty and tangy, perfect for a brunching bunch. They’re packed with zesty grapefruit and lemon and a delicious way to start your sunshine day with the three C’s: coffee, croissants, and cocktails.

Serves 4

8 oz. Patron Reposado Tequila
4 oz. Limoncello
4 oz. Freshly squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice
2 oz. Freshly squeezed lemon juice
Seltzer to top
4 grapefruit wedges for garnish

In a pitcher filled halfway with ice, pour tequila, limoncello, ruby red grapefruit juice, and lemon juice. Mix well, pour into ice filled glasses, garnish with grapefruit wedges and serve.

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Gin & Juice

Gin is a little bit retro, the classic go-to libation. Fresh and fruity this gin and tangerine concoction is just right for the promise of spring. You know gin is the confession libation, I’ve heard many a confession while mixing up pitchers of these, sometimes you pour another and sometimes you run.

Serves 4

8 oz. Tangueray gin
4 oz. freshly squeezed tangerine juice
2 oz. raspberry juice
Fresh raspberries

Combine all ingredients in a pitcher or bar glass and mix well. Pour into ice-filled rocks glasses, garnish with fresh raspberries and serve.

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The Lemon Slicker

Like a fashionable belted trench, these will put a spring in your step and warm you up on those
damp chilly spring days. The lemon gives it a sunny lift, and the basil adds a bit of garden spice.

Serves 4

8 oz. vodka
4 oz. limoncello
2 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
8 basil leaves, plus 4 sprigs for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the basil leaves with the vodka. Add the limoncello and lemon juice. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into martini glasses. Garnish each glass with a sprig of basil and serve.

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Watermelon Mojito

Thirst quenching delightfull-ness, I make them by the pitcherful on weekend afternoons. Like colorful candy, this cocktail is a sweet addiction.

Serves 4

8 oz. Brugal extra dry light rum
4 oz. St-Germain liqueur
2 oz. simple syrup
1 1/2 cups watermelon chunks
10 mint leaves, more for garnish
Seltzer to top

In a pitcher or large bar glass, muddle the watermelon chunks with the mint leaves and simple syrup. Add the rum and St-Germain, mix well. Add crushed ice, stir well, and pour into glasses. Top with seltzer, garnish with mint sprig, and serve.

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Spring Entertaining Essentials

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It’s been a long winter, but I don’t have to tell you that. Who isn’t going to want to kick up their heels and celebrate when the warm weather hits. Here’s a list of my entertaining favorites to have you party ready when the spring sun shines and the daffodils bloom.

Cocktails please…All gussied up with a handsome herringbone pattern, these cocktail plates are ready for happy hour! they also do double duty as appetizer or dessert plates.

Bottoms up!…these dotty glasses are great on a bar cart for spring entertaining or artfully arranged on a tray.


Color Splash…Lighten up with these color block throws, ideal to bring spring freshness to your living room, or brighten up outdoor spaces.

Lounge Act…Set your spring night aglow with these cube lanterns. Brightly colored frames add a pop of color to indoor and outdoor tables. Try them by the front door too!2014-04-04-cubelanterns.jpg

Fresh cut daffodils layered with orange blossoms and honeysuckle make for a cheerful and welcoming fragrance. I have one candle for my office and one for my living room. Spring it on!

Fresh Press…Colorful casual place mats set a warm tone for entertaining. Perfect for brunching, lunching, or easy springtime dinners.

Sweet Treats…Divine and delicate, these macaroons are by far my favorites! The flavors are rich and unexpected, just the thing to awaken your taste buds after hibernation! I keep a box in my fridge, you never know who might pop by for a glass of Spring-time bubbly.

With no signs of spring, I headed out to Cali for a quick trip of  sun, fun, and fabulous.

We started with dinner at the Hotel Bel-Air where the scents of jasmine,citrus,and lavender intoxicate you even before the wine arrives. Dining in the open air lantern filled space was heaven, and dinner was more of that.

photocali3Saturday was a quick dip in the pool then off to cruise the PCH , top down and glorious sunshine! Lunch was Nobu in  Malibu, and a glass of rose at Nikita next door.

roseBack to meet friends in Santa Monica at the Huntley, which has spectacular views from the penthouse bar. Of course the day wouldn’t be complete without gimlets and dinner at the Ivy by the Shore. Whats not to like about cocktails, fried chicken, and red velvet cake? Yum!

photocali1My dose of sunshine and happiness complete, I am back East looking for spring through my rose colored glasses. They are cocktail glasses of course.

 Oscar Oscar! 4 Red Carpet-Worthy Cocktails for the Oscars

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With Hollywoods biggest night upon us this Sunday, it seems fitting to celebrate red carpet style.

Invite some friends and neighbors over, put out some snacks, light a few candles, and mix up some star worthy cocktails. Whether you’re defying Gravity, Money Hungry, Hustling, or just Blue. Here are a few of my contenders for this years Oscar:



Best Dressed

Serves 4

This libation is the most stylish accessory on the red carpet to date. The tasty combination of Chardonnay, triple sec, cranberry juice, and lemon-lime soda. This ruby-hued drink is topped with an orange slice for extra glam.

1 bottle (750ml) Clos du Bois Chardonnay
4 oz. triple sec
8 oz. Cranberry juice
12 oz. lemon-lime soda
Orange slices for garnish

In a pitcher filled with 2 cups of ice cubes, pour the chilled Chardonnay. Add the triple sec and cranberry juice. Gently pour the lemon-lime soda and stir. Pour into 4 glasses, garnish with orange slice and serve.



Golden Glow

Serves 4

6 oz. Ciroc
6 oz. unsweetened coconut water
4 oz. pineapple juice
Juice of 1 lime
twist for garnish

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour all ingredients. Shake well and strain into martini glasses. Garnish with a twist of lime and serve.



Red Carpet on the Rocks

Serves 4

6 slices fresh ginger, peeled
12 oz. Inniskillin Icewine Riesling
4 oz. pear nectar
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Nutmeg to garnish

In a bar glass, muddle ginger, add Riesling, nectar, and 1 cup ice. Shake well and strain into 4 ice-filled glasses, sprinkle nutmeg on top of each cocktail, and serve.




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After Party Hustle

Serves 4

6 oz. Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
Juice of 1 lime
4 slices jalapeno
4 oz. pomegranate juice
1oz. agave nectar or simple syrup
Seltzer to top

In a bar glass, muddle lime juice, jalapeño, and simple syrup. Add pomegranate juice, bourbon and shake well. Strain into ice filled collins glasses, and top with seltzer. Garnish with lime wheels and pomegranate seeds.



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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide


This Valentine’s Day, have your Valentine falling for these unique, whimsical and romantic gifts.

Romance is in the air. Created with the finest ingredients the Aerin Fragrance collection with five distinct scents: Gardenia Rattan, Amber Musk, Lilac Path, Ikat Jasmine and my favorite for this time of year, Evening Rose. Choose one that tells your story.

Classic with a distinctive downtown edge Illesteva glasses are designed in New York and made in Italy, how fabulous is that? Celebrity fans include Beyonce, Daniel Craig and Elton John. Join the hipsters and get a pair of glossy red shades this Valentine’s day, you’ll have everyone seeing red.

Chic and stylish, just like your Valentine these one of a kind pieces from designer Reggie Stone will make a statement of love. We are swooning over this La Vie en Rose from her La Bohemienne Collection. A playful, deconstructed necklace of luxurious knotted tie-dyed silk, hand sewn beaded crystals and silk ribbons. $275.00 retail.

I like my charms in the form of gold — fondant that is, Georgetown Cupcake’s Charm Dozen are indulgent, gorgeous and delicious, all at the same time. Thank goodness there is a dozen because it’s Valentine’s Day, and who’s going to stop at one? Georgetown Cupcake Charm Dozen — 6 Red Velvet with gold ‘love’ heart charm fondant, 3 Chocolate Squared with gold ‘xo’ heart charm fondant and 3 Bubblegum Pink Vanilla with gold ‘xo’ heart charm fondant. $29/dozen.

A great gift for sharing and enjoying with a loved one, Veuve Clicquot Rosé Couture is a chic offering for Veuve Clicquot Rosé. Designed to celebrate haute couture, this elegant case is designed to keep a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rosé chilled for up to two hours and is perfect for a stylish Valentine. Retailing for $69.00, Veuve Clicquot Rosé Couture is available at fine wine and liquor stores nationwide.

Sucre’ A sweet Boutique from New Orleans, is a most magical place, where chef Tariq spins sugar like none other. They offer a Sweet Macaron Collection that is handmade with love from flavors inspired by the most romantic city in the world. Red and white Macarons filled with the perfect pairing of white chocolate and raspberry mousseline make for the sweetest treat! They’re my latest addiction!

Wear your love not on your sleeve, but right smack in the front for maximum attention! How fun! C.Wonder’s Je T’aime Intarsia Colorblock sweater is incredibly chic, perfect for your fashion-forward Valentine.

Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial is a spontaneous and radiant champagne, with bright fruitiness, a seductive palate, elegant maturity and a lively, intense bouquet of red fruits, floral nuances of rose, and a slight peppery touch. This February, find it dressed to impress in the new Black Tie Box, a chic pink isothermal box which keeps your bottle of Moët Impérial Rosé chilled for up to 2 hours, preserving the crispness and supple qualities of the bubbly, with a convenient handle for carrying. Available for $59 at

Light up your romance with a delightfully delicious candle, Duchess Peony from LAFCO. You can smell the blooms as if it was spring. Romantic, full and floral, it’s a blend of full Camellia and Peony blossoms. Set in a rose toned blown glass container that looks undeniably chic in any room.



The Deep Chill…has set in…add some sparkle to your snowy days with glittery snowflakes. Hang them from painted branches, chandeliers,mantels, and mirrors. Simply trace a snowflake using a cookie cutter on your favorite glitter paper, cut out, and hang, now these flakes I don’t mind a bit!

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Oh Color!

Pantone’s color of the year is Radiant Orchid. Simply blooming with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is expressive, creative, and embracing, a vibrant mix of fushia, purple, and pink, Radiant Orchid radiates happiness with just one passing glance.Find your Purple  Passion with a new pair of shoes for spring, electrifying velvet fabric, in your culinary feats, and on your nails and toes!

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                        Golden Globe Cocktails

Posted: 01/10/2014 12:23 pm

Let the award season begin! The 71st Golden Globe Awards is this Sunday January 12th. The evening is sure to be filled with glamour, gorgeous people, and of course globe inspired cocktails. As your hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will suggest you take a sip when they do, I have put together a few cocktails that are globe worthy indeed.

Transform your space in no time with flowers from the local market, take-out in posh bowls, and candles flickering about.Mix up a batch or two of these superb cocktails, throw on your heels, and let the awards season begin!



Outer Space Spritzer
Serves 4

1 bottle of Prosecco (I like Skinnygirl for calorie counting)
2 cups Organic limeade
Lime wheels for garnish

Into a pitcher, pour the limeade. Top with prosecco and mix lightly. Pour into glasses, garnish with lime wheel and serve.

The Hustle
Serves 4

8 oz. Tanqueray London Dry Gin
2 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 oz. honey
1 bottle Champagne (Moet & Chandon) to top
Lemon twist and brandied cherries for garnish

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour gin, lemon juice, and honey. Shake well. Pour evenly into glasses, top with champagne, garnish with a lemon twist and brandied cherry and serve.

Mary’s Magic
Serves 4

8 oz. New Amsterdam Citron vodka
4 oz. peach puree
3 dashes orange bitters
1 bottle Champagne (Moet & Chandon)

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour vodka, puree and add bitters. Shake well. Pour evenly into glasses, top with champagne, garnish with edible gold stars, and serve.



Ah, the new year has begun! Time for resolutions, cleanses, and rebooting yourself and refreshing your home. Try candles in citrus  scents, like cilantro-orange ( meant to invigorate), or geranium ( meant to soothe), I light mine during the day in my office to keep me inspired and warm. Keep one in the kitchen to heighten your senses and keep them out of hibernation!

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Happy Holidays! It’s the Most Wonderful time of the year, so lets

get started! First on the list, Decking the Halls…

String the lights, hang the garlands and bows, and fill every empty container with glittery ornaments for instant holiday panache!


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It’s Thanksgiving Time! Turkeys have been the longstanding symbol of Thanksgiving for over 300 years! So set a festive menu,create a rustic tablescape, craft up some fun turkey projects for the kids, and whip up a batch of my seasonal cocktails!

There is so much to be thankful for!


              Thanksgiving Cocktails

Posted: 11/20/2013

As we gather around the table with our friends and family this Thanksgiving and share all of the good things in life we are thankful for, serve some tasty cocktails for every generation gathered.

Better by the batch, pitcher-full or punch bowl, especially if the relatives are coming.

Cider Delighter
Light and refreshing, a perfect start to a holiday full of feasting!
Serves 4

4 oz. Vikingfjord Vodka
2 oz. Allspice Dram liqueur
1oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 oz. sparkling apple cider
dash or two of Baked Apple Bitters

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into ice filled rocks glasses. Garnish with apple slice if desired, and serve.

photo by Colleen Mullaney

Tastes like a caramel apple with vanilla and citrus tones, mixing deliciously with tangy sweet apple notes. I make a batch of these just for Uncle Peter.
Serves 4

6 oz. Absolut Vanilla
2 oz. Tuaca liqueur
6 oz. apple cider
1 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into glasses. Serve. Note: this cocktail is also delicious warm with a dash of cinnamon.

photo by Jack Deutsch

Gingersnap Cocktail
A deliciously sweet and satisfying cocktail evoking the flavors of the season.
Serves 4

4 oz. The King’s Ginger (ginger liqueur)
4 oz. Vikingfjord Vodka
1 oz. simple syrup
Dash each, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger

In a cocktail shaker mix all ingredients together. Strain into glasses. Garnish with gingersnap cookies. Serve.

photo by Jack Deutsch

Mulled wine
Perfect for warming up after the annual Thanksgiving football game. Or better yet, bring a thermos-full to the backyard.
Serves 6

1 bottle Chianti such as Villa Cerna
4 oz. Grand Marnier
Juice of 2 fresh clementines
5 Allspice berries
3 Star anise
2 Cinnamon sticks
1 tsp. ground Ginger
1 tsp. Lemon zest

In a medium saucepan combine all ingredients and simmer on low for up to 1 hour. Strain berries, star anise, and cinnamon sticks from pan. To serve: transfer into heat resistant pitcher or ladle from saucepan.


The Loose Goose
Perfect by the fireside visiting with friends far and near. Make a batch or two, I heard Aunt Betty is coming.
Serves 4

8 oz. Wild Turkey whiskey
4 oz. limoncello
8 oz. freshly squeezed orange juice
Dash Orange bitters
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, mix all ingredients well. Strain into ice filled glasses, garnish with lemon wheel if desired, and serve. Better get Aunt Betty first.

photo by Jack Deutsch

Deep and rich, with cherry and orange mixing with the Pisco. The seltzer adds the perfect light finishing touch.
Serves 4

8 oz. Pisco Portion
4 oz. cherry brandy
2 dashes orange bitters
Orange seltzer to top

Combine first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into glasses. Top with orange flavored seltzer. Garnish with a cherry and serve.



photo by Jack Deutsch

The Standish
The sage-infused simple syrup, while easy to make is the backbone to this festive holiday libation. Try a batch before or after dinner.
Serves 4

8 oz. Tangueray Gin
2 oz. sage-infused simple syrup
8 oz. Lemon-lime soda

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice mix the gin and simple syrup. Strain into ice-filled glasses and top with lemon-lime soda. Serve.

Sage infused simple syrup: In a bowl mix 1 cup simple syrup with 8-10 sage leaves. Place in microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. Cook for 30 seconds more. Take out and let sit for 20-30 minutes. Strain out sage leaves.



Treaty Toast
My friends and relatives always ask if I’ll be serving these cocktails over the Thanksgiving holiday. I say, “You must have a celebratory libation to toast the harvest celebration between the Pilgrims and Indians.”
Serves 4

1 bottle Veuve Clicquot champagne, chilled
8 oz. pomegranate-cherry juice
4 oz. Grand Marnier

In a small pitcher mix the pomegranate juice and Grand Marnier.
Pour a dash of juice mix into each champagne flute filling each glass approximately 1/3 full. Top with champagne. Garnish with raspberries if desired. Serve.

Coffee Nation
This year I’m adding a bit of coffee mixology to the dessert menu with a coffee liqueur made with tequila blanco. Its distinctive flavor earns a spot at the high table. Have it straight, with cream and nutmeg, or pour it over vanilla gelato.

Serves 2
4 oz. Cabo Diablo
8 oz. Coffee
Dollop of Fresh cream
Sprinkle of nutmeg to top

In coffee glasses pour coffee and Cabo Diablo. Place a large dollop of fresh whipped cream on top of each. Sprinkle nutmeg on top and serve.



Halloween is Here! Have a Spooktacular Time !


Time to Fall~ify!

Fill up your planters with cabbages, ivy, and chili-peppers, and of course mums!

Sprinkle a few pumpkins around the base of the planters, add lanterns up your front steps and Presto! Fall~ifying in a Fall Flash!

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September Days…


Fall is here! Cool nights, school days, soccer and football! I’m heading to my first tailgate of the season on Saturday, will be loading up with sandwiches, chips and dips and cider for the kids. Perhaps a tailgate toddy for the bigger fans too!

For your tailgating inspiration check out my feature in Huffington Post. Get packing!

Be sure your game day has a crowd pleasing spread. From gear must have’s, to cocktails and lawn games, this tailgate has spirit to spare! So, no matter what team you’re rooting for, pack up a party that scores with everyone!

Home Field Advantage
Roll-out this clever throw to add a colorful backdrop to your party that is water resistant and warm! Add a team Monogram to boot. Found at Land’s End.

Required Seating
If you’ll be standing for the game, it’s totally on call to have chairs for your tailgate. I love these from Dick’s, they come in a rainbow of colors to match your team, are comfortable and are reasonably priced.
Tight Ends
Keep all your supplies “huddled up” in this handsome picnic basket from Williams-Sonoma. Comes complete with everything you’ll need to serve your hungry team in style.

Stacked Up
Good looking, melamine glassware is the definite way to go to serve up in winning style.Williams-Sonoma has a great collection of stemless wine and beer glasses to choose from.

Who says you can’t bring it with you? Bring the party into the game with these stainless steel Stanley Thermoses and Flask from West Elm.

To get things started there must be Bloody’s! For the most divine flavor, get some pre-made mix. Fat and Juicy mix uses only premium ingredients for a touchdown taste with every pour.
Wine Time
After the bloody’s at kick-off it’s wine time at halftime! Simi’s full bodied whites and smooth pinots are a perfect paring with fall’s crisp afternoons.

The Longest Yard
No tailgate is complete without a football and a spirited game of catch. Dick’s has a good selection of footballs so you’ll be ready for that perfect pass.

Halftime Frolics
Get everyone in on the action with the hot new game Spike Ball. Easy to assemble, it will keep fans young and old, busy for hours.



IMG_2579Glorious Newport! We were in town celebrating a wedding of dear friends and found time to rent scooters to tour the fabulous Ocean Drive you know those summer “cottages” of the Astors, Vanderbilts, and Doris Duke, pop-in to Castle Hill, whiz by Salve Regina College( my mom and brother studied –partied–there), enjoy cocktails and yacht gazing at the fab 41 North,Newport’s newest Boutique Hotel on the water, and of course shop,( I found the cutest maxi dress at Chance & Lulu)!! And then there was the wedding of Courtney and Mac! We had a welcome party at the Gas Lamp Grille the night before, and for the big day the venue was stunning, Mt. Hope Farm in Bristol on the water, did I say on the water? It was magical. beautiful, festive and fun! The glorious white tent was bedecked with lanterns in pastel hues to go with the massive hydrangeas, lilacs, peonies, and roses that filled every table. We cocktailed on Dark & Stormy’s and Nantucket Lemonades in jelly jars, how fitting and fun! Danced the night away, and finished the affair with brownie sundaes, I know, my kids were jealous too!

If you do get up to the beautiful Newport, check out a few of my favorites mentioned above!



 Wishing you a “Life Made Stylish” always.        Cheers!!






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