• My Favorite Refreshing Summer Cocktail: The Afternoon Tea

    Imagine a warm summer day and you’re sitting on the porch or deck with a few friends and you wish you had a refreshing summer cocktail to sip while hanging out. Never fear Claire is here to the rescue! Every now and then I like to take some outside classes, and a few I’ve attended are some mixology courses.  Why not learn how to make something tasty from the experts?! At a recent class they were teaching the different types of drinks to make for hot summer nights.  One of the drinks that caught my interest was one called “Afternoon Tea”. The mixologist teaching the course kept referring to it as a “Porch Pounder”.  I didn’t really get it until I tasted it and then it all made sense.  Basically, a porch pounder is a light and refreshing drink that can be enjoyed in high quantities…..not that you would, of… Read More

  • Tequila Lemonade aka the Eveleigh Lemonade

    I love cocktails with tequila, but I have to admit sometimes I get tired of just having margaritas or a tequila and soda.  I have been in search of a new tequila drink.  Then I remembered a drink called the “Eveleigh Lemonade”, which is basically a margarita with lemon and honey instead of lime and agave nectar. I first was introduced to this cocktail at it’s namesake restaurant The Eveleigh in West Hollywood, CA in 2012.  I’ve been in search of the recipe for this drink ever since and I finally found it on the Imbibe Magazine site.  What makes this drink interesting and different is the chamomile and lemon infused tequila and the use of the aperitif Cocchi Americano.    So, what exactly is Cocchi Americano?   Well, according to Wikipedia: “Cocchi Americano is a quinine-laced aperitif wine produced by Giulio Cocchi Spumanti in the Asti province of Italy. Cocchi Americano is a variety of Americano. The wine was developed by… Read More

  • The Best Watermelon Margarita- Because Summer Isn’t Over!

    This week I am making my favorite summertime drink, a Raspberry Mojito. Read More

  • Bubbles and Berries Cocktail

    Today on the blog I’m sharing a recipe for a drink called Bubbles and Berries. It’s inspired by the Bubbles and Berries cocktail at the restaurant Beauty and Essex in Los Angeles. If you follow me on Instagram and see my Instastories, you know that I thoroughly love Beauty and Essex. I’ve been in contact with their PR group and they were so gracious to give me the recipes to several of their cocktails, which I’ll be doing in a future post.  Unfortunately, they did not give me the recipe to this one, so I watched the bartender carefully and made a few tweaks to come up with this recipe. Specifically I don’t have sweet-and-sour at home so I make my own.  It’s actually a lot easier than you’d think, all you need is simple syrup and lemon juice. I must add that I haven’t always been a fan of… Read More

  • 7 Simple Tips for Hosting a Cocktail Party

    I believe that the cocktail party has changed since I started hosting them 10-ish years ago.  Cocktail parties went from an event with great food and cocktails, to an event that is simply Pinterest/ Instagram ready. I always think that layout, the look and feel are important.  I feel that often times people are so worried about it looking “perfect” that they forgo the quality of the food and the drinks. While I do work on the aesthetics of the party, I will never forgo the experience of the party, like the ambience, music, cocktails and food. I believe that hosting a cocktail party is an art and a great host will take care of everything and make his or her guests feel welcome and comfortable. I learned how to host cocktail party from my sister-in-law. She is the consummate host and has legendary Halloween parties in New York every year,… Read More