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What To Sip On This Summer – Summer Cocktail Recipes

Summer Cocktail Recipes

With the summer season in full swing, we’ve got just the right cocktail recipes to get you through these sultry, and sometimes sweltering, days and nights ahead.

We seem to be crushing on gin lately, the slightly floral botanical-derived spirit is the perfect foundation for a refreshing summer sipper. The fine folks at Colangelo & Partners recently introduced us to The London No 1 gin. The color is gorgeous – it has a blue hue and I must say the taste is exquisite! Twelve botanicals give it its smooth taste and the blue hue comes from the gardenia flower also lending a jasmine aroma.

Summer cocktails recipes

G & Tea

1.25 oz The London No 1

.5 oz St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur

.75 oz Cold Earl Grey Tea

Top with Tonic Water

Shake first three ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled Collins/highball glass. Top with tonic water. Garnish with Lemon



Created by Camilo Canevaro, Maluca Bar

2 oz The London No 1
3 oz Rose’s Lime Cordial concentrate

Add London No 1 and Rose’s Lime Cordial to a cocktail glass with ice, stir. Garnish with lime wedge and cherry on a toothpick.

Next, we take a sip into summer from the fine folks at Uchi in Austin, Texas, with James Beard award-winning chef Tyson Cole. Cole has a creative knack for putting a delicious spin on traditional menu items, his version of chips and salsa are somewhat of a lettuce wrap with dipping sauce – it’s divine! The folks at Uchi followed his lead and created the Watermelon and Thai Chili Sakerinha (pictured at top), this cocktail is inspired by the traditional Caipirinha cocktail. They describe it as refreshing with just a hint of spice.

Watermelon and Thai Chili Sakerinha

1.5 ounces of watermelon/thai chili juice

0.25 ounces of lime juice

2.5 ounces of sake.

Served over ice, with a 1/3 salt rim.  Lime round garnish.

 Wishing you and yours a refreshing and happy summer! Cheers!


Gin Cocktails – Brunch reimagined

Tanqueray has sought to challenge our notion of brunch time cocktails by introducing a couple drinks that will have us forgetting about Mimosas and Bloody Marys.

Not so simple a task considering we’re talking about gin.  Granted, Tanqueray is enjoyed the world over, but for many gin is still an acquired taste and not an obvious choice for a brunch cocktail.

What many might not know is that the juniper, citrus, and herbal notes play exceptionally well in concert with a variety of mixers resulting in light, refreshing, delicious cocktails that will have the most staunch gin critics ordering a second round.

Here are a couple to try.

Gin Gin Mule**

  • Tanqueray No. TEN
  • Fresh Pressed Passion Fruit Juice
  • Elderflower Liqueur
  • Ginger Juice
  • Coconut Cream
  • Water

**I know what you’re thinking, this definitely is not a Gin Gin Mule, not even a close variation of it.  A Gin Gin Mule is essentially a Moscow Mule with Gin instead of Vodka.  I know it, you know it, but that’s what was on the recipe card.  This is more akin to a punch or cooler.  What I do know for sure is that it is delicious.  If they change/correct the name, I’ll let you know.


Tanqueray No. TEN Green Machine 

  • 1.25 oz. Tanqueray No. TEN
  • 3 oz. Fresh Pressed Green Juice (Kale, Spinach, Apple & Lemon)
  • Cucumber
  • Lime
  • Mint Leaves



Blend greens (kale and spinach), apple and lemon together to create pressed juice. Add Tanqueray No. TEN and stir over ice. Garnish with a cucumber slices, lime and mint sprig.

Glassware: Collins

Garnish: Cucumber slices and mint spring


Long Weekend Calls For Sunday Brunch Beachside

Photo Credit: Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach

Photos Courtesy of Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach

Because we can’t get enough of Miami, we have more news to share with you. One of our favorite hotels, the Metropolitan by COMO – located in the “it” neighorhood of the moment, Mid-Beach – is hosting a new brunch menu at their signature restaurant, The Traymore. In his (fairly) new position leading the kitchen, Chef Juan Loaisiga is turning out seasonal seafood dishes sure to make any foodie swoon. We’re going for the Maine Lobster Toast, Eight Hour Braised Short Rib, and the Oysters with passion fruit mignonette.

The part I like most about the Metropolitan is that it stays true to the health and wellness component of its family locations, yet doesn’t neglect its locale, which is felt throughout the property and restaurant in its original Art Deco style and seafood-inspired menu.

Miami Beach Brunch

Another aspect we love is The Traymore Gin Bar (read more here), the city’s first gin bar. Featured gin-based drinks made specially to complement menu items include the Met Breakfast Martini (Hayman’s Gin, Combier, orange marmalade, lemon) and English Garden (Bombay Sapphire Gin, cucumber puree, St-Germain, lime).

Miami Beach Brunch

We cannot wait to make it back to Miami to take a bite out of this brunch! For more information, visit www.comohotels.com/metropolitanmiamibeach


Baby Jane – Brickell’s Newest Neighbor

Photo Credit: Charlie Garcia

          Photo Credit: Charlie Garcia

If you know us and read our new Miami print issue (if you haven’t, get a copy here), you know we are smitten with the Brickell neighborhood in Miami. How could you not get excited about all the cranes in the sky signaling growth, developments, and fabulous openings, like Baby Jane!

Photo Credit: Charlie Garcia

          Photo Credit: Charlie Garcia

Baby Jane – by Native Sons Hospitality, the folks behind Ariete – caters to the cocktail-aficionado crowd who has an equal appreciation for delectable nibbles. And Executive Chef Michael Beltran is doing just that, turning out a menu of cocktail-friendly foods with finesse. Items include duck and foie gras croquetas, short rib and pastrami tacos, and house-grilled wings.

Photo Credit: Charlie Garcia

          Photo Credit: Charlie Garcia

The atmosphere is a bit more laid back then it’s high-end neighbors, with a comfy, yet chic feel. The cocktails are created with care with house-made bitters, shrubs, and tonics. The “Jane and Juice” has my name all over it – passionfruit, jalapeño, gin, honey, and fresh mint.

There’s so much more to this newest outpost, you’ll have to see it for yourself, if you get there before us, save us a seat.


Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance Is Back And Better Than Ever

Pinehurst Concours D'Elegance Best in Show winners 2013-2015

                          Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance Best in Show Winners 2013-2015

Back in its fourth year, Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance returns to Pinehurst. Each year seems to get better and better – not to mention the near-perfect weather this time of year – and we are thrilled to play host to this fantastic event!

The Concours takes place on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Gates open at 9 a.m. Walk the beautiful greens of Pinehurst No. 2 and take in the rows of fantastically displayed classic and modern beauties. Twelve classes of rare cars and motorcycles will be on display. 

Come out to experience the Ride & Drive with event sponsor Porsche and Acura. Porsche will have the Macon, Panamera, and Cayenne available to test drive. See the new 718 Boxter going on sale late this summer. Acura will showcase the RLX, TLX, MDX, RDX, and the ILX. 

Award ceremonies begin at 2 p.m. and 2016 Best in Show will be announced around 4 p.m. The day concludes (and is included in the ticket price) with an outdoor concert on the greens featuring Grammy Award-winning, Commodores at 5 p.m. Yes, the Commodores with songs you know!

This is one of my favorite events welcoming in the spring and summer season to the Sandhills. The weather, beauty of the cars, the greens, and a fun way to wrap up a near-perfect day make this a not-to-be-missed event. 

For tickets or more information please visit, www.pinehurstconcours.com




Spruce Up For Spring

Organic Bedding

Photo courtesy of Parachute

What better way to welcome in spring than with fresh bedding. It’s like a wardrobe change for your bed. They also say you should change bedding when a relationship ends, and let’s just say my duvet has met an ex or two. Scrolling through our Facebook feed, a company by the name of Parachute popped up. A few clicks in and I was sold. New bedding was on my mind and in celebration of Earth Day and fabulous finds, we share some tips on bedding and what makes this brand so good.

So let’s talk thread count, the higher the better, right? Not so much! Founder Ariel Kaye cues us in on this. Anything over 400-500 thread count is not necessary. See companies start weaving fabrics together and falsely say the bedding has a higher thread count. It’s not the thread count that matters, but rather the quality of the material. In this case, Parachute is made from long staple Egyptian cotton, made to last. Fabrics include linen (light, breathable), percale (cool and crisp), and sateen (soft and silky), it’s all a matter of what feels good to you. What you can count on is a great product that feels as good as it looks. Shopping online for a something that is a small investment without knowing, seeing, and feeling the product can be risky, but trust me, this is good stuff!

Photo courtesy of Parachute

Photo courtesy of Parachute

Other than producing high-quality products, the folks at Parachute make making your bed look great simple, all of the colors are designed to work together, so mix and matching can be done. No interior design skills needed here, or make that guess work for some. New this season is their Blush line, a muted, soothing pink-hued line that plays well with others.

Tips we learned – Give your bedding a bath about once a week and replace sheets and pillowcases once every 18-24 months. Washing pillow cases in between (or if you get a bit lax in between doing laundry) works too, same can be done with replacing bedding if you’re on a budget, a fresh pair of cases will do the trick, in the meantime. All organic labels are not the same. You know that seemingly nifty wrinkle-resistant fabric? Well, watch out! What makes those “organic” sheets wrinkle-free is a toxic chemical, formaldehyde resin- yuck! The folks at Parachute advise to look for bedding that’s Oeko-Tex certified, meaning it’s good for you and the environment. Two more reasons to swoon, free shipping and returns and a 30-day trial – if you don’t love send back (free) for a full refund. There you have it, an earth-friendly way to spruce up for spring!


Game of Thrones: Cocktails of Westeros

The 6th season of Game of Thrones set to kick off Sunday April 24th,   The hordes will gather in viewing parties across the seven kingdoms and beyond to watch this Sunday.  Best to be prepared with potent libations from some very creative minds in mixology worthy of the Alchemist’s Guild.  By now you know as there are no guarantees as to who will come out of this alive.  What we are sure of is that:  a) Winter is coming and b) These cocktails are prefect for a GOT party.   


The Crow's Old Fashioned

The Crow’s Old Fashioned

1. “The Crows’ Old-Fashioned” by Tad Carducci, bartender, mixologist and co-founder of Tippling Bros.

Highlighting a rustic, old-world brandy from Château du Tariquet, the Crows’ Old Fashioned is rich, warming, dark and brooding.  Just what one needs before going North of the Wall.

  • 1.5 oz. Tariquet VSOP Armagnac
  • 1 oz. Amaro Lucano
  • 2 dashes Green Chartreuse 
  • .5 oz. simple syrup
  • star anise
  • orange peel
Directions: Stir all ingredients with ice and serve in an Old Fashioned glass.  Garnish with star anise and orange peel.
 Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come. – Night’s Watch Oath

The Targaryen

The Targaryen

2. “The Targaryen” by Ryan Judson, Brand Ambassador, Usquaebach Blended Scotch Whisky

With a base of Usquaebach whisky, the name of which translates to “the water of life,” this satisfying mixture of ‘blonde’ ingredients reflects the Targaryen’s prosperous bloodline. 

  • 2 oz Usquaebach Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky
  • 5 oz Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
  • 5 oz black tea – honey syrup (1 part raw honey, 1 part black tea)
  • 1 Dash aromatic bitters
  • Lemon peel

Directions: Combine all ingredients and stir with ice. Strain into rocks glass over large ice cube. Garnish with lemon peel. 

Every time a Targaryen is born the gods flip a coin. ― Cersei Lannister[



3. “The White Walker”
Ice cold and eerily foggy, the haunting cocktail’s blue tint from the London No. 1 gin channels the piercing eyes of the creatures beyond the wall.

  • 2 oz London No. 1 Gin
  • .5 oz Triple Sec
  • .5 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 1 egg white

Directions: Combine all ingredients in shaker and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass





In that darkness the White Walkers came for the first time. They swept through cities and kingdoms, riding their dead horses, hunting with their packs of pale spiders big as hounds. – Old Nan


Blood of the Dragon

Blood of the Dragon

4. “Blood of the Dragon” by Emmanuel Pena, Domaine Select Wine & Spirits

Sweet, yet herbal, this warming punch recipe for 20 thirsty Thrones fans is sure to get the watch party off on the right foot. Like Daenerys, it’s seductive yet dangerous; a few too many glasses and you may just find yourself attempting to bond with mythical creatures. 

  • 1 750mL bottle Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva rum
  • 15 oz of lemon Juice
  • 10 oz rosemary & thyme simple syrup  (Combine 2 parts white sugar, 1 part water, 1 sprig of thyme, 1 sprig of rosemary in large bot and bring to a boil. Let stand until cool)
  • 5 oz of honey

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl with ice. Ladle into punch glasses. Garnish each glass with sprigs of rosemary and thyme.

They’re dragons, Khaleesi, they can never be tamed. Not even by their mother. – Ser Jorah


Pay Your Debts

Pay Your Debts


5. “Pay Your Debts” 

Elegant and sophisticated, yet surprising stout (this cocktail is made entirely of boozy ingredients), this is a drink well suited for a Lannister, and Lannister always pays his debts.

  • 1.5 oz. G’Vine Floraison gin
  • 1 oz. Vermouth Royal Rouge
  • 3 dashes Fernet Branca
  • orange twist

Directions: Combine all ingredients and stir with ice. Strain into a classic martini glass. Garnish with orange twist.




A Lannister always pays his debts – Tyrion Lannister



Red Comet

Red Comet

6. “The Red Comet”

Fizzy and light red in color, “The Red Comet” channels its namesake in appearance and in theme. With a base of the “legendary biru”, this cocktail, much like the Red Comet of the show, is a sign of epic things to come (though admittedly, a high-octane night with friends is a much more favorable prophecy than the impending danger of dragons) 

  •  1 bottle Sapporo light beer
  • .5 oz. Vodka
  • .5 oz Campari
  • Orange slice

Directions: Pour vodka and Campari in glass over ice. Top off glass with Sapporo light. Garnish with an orange slice.



Stars don’t fall for men. But the comet means one thing, boy. Dragons. – Osha


A Twist on the Jack Rose Cocktail Recipe

Jack Rose Cocktail Recipe

Earlier this year I was reintroduced to the spirit, Calvados. It’s French so I immediately liked it. In all seriousness, this aged apple brandy had me intrigued. After doing a little “research” on sites found on a Google search, I did what any curious cocktail aficionado would do – consulted with a seasoned mixologist friend, we’ll call him T.

T gave Calvados a nod of approval. He poured a touch, swirled, smelled, and confirmed the Calvados Boulard VSOP was indeed of great quality. While I could taste hints of apple and could picture myself enjoying in front of a cozy fire, I wasn’t quite sure if I’d really actually do this or stick to my tried and true, red wine. T, knowing my tastes, said the Calvados is best served (if not neat or on the rocks) in a cocktail called the Jack Rose, getting its name from Applejack brandy, in this case the Calvados Boulard could easily be switched out for the brandy, and perhaps make the drink even better! The Rose part is from the beautiful rose-tinted color of the drink from grenadine.

Did you know real grenadine is made from pomegranates and is not that sweet bright red-hued liquid found in Shirley Temples and drinks and shots we may have drank, oh a decade or so ago, when our tastes were less refined. If you can’t access real grenadine, T advised you can make it with Pomm juice, found in most grocery stores, and a little simple syrup. Below is the recipe for our version of the Jack Rose, enjoy!

2 ounces Calvados (or Applejack brandy)

3/4 ounces freshly-squeezed lemon juice

1/2 grenadine

Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass, garnish with citrus.


The Yacht Goers


photo by Andrés LaBrada

The Yacht Goers

By Andrés LaBrada


Once a year in Miami, FL sailors bring in their yachts and gather around the beach in front of the most influential hotels Miami has to offer, specifically the Fontainebleau Resort, a staple to the once lavish past of Miami. In February, the boat show causes both wonder and traffic for weeks. Wonder of the magnificent yachts that float into the inlet from the high seas from voyages one can imagine of faraway destinations. To locals it is a time of the year to look for various methods around the traffic and the hoopla. As a single file armada of yachts begin to enter into the Miami Intracoastal Waterway with only two drawbridges that allow one to exit and enter the area.



photo by Andrés LaBrada



photo by Andrés LaBrada

Yachts are on display and for sale – most the price of a house, a large house. Who said the days of wine and roses ended in 2008? The boat show has successfully continued since then and travelers from around the world gather in Miami to get a taste of high-seas luxury. They come to not only see the boats but to buy, and when walking thorough the event one can see that the Yachts are selling. Sold another dream, another lifestyle.




photo by Andrés LaBrada



photo by Andrés LaBrada

By appointment only is the response a visitor receives when asks to board and take a look at a yacht. This is a change I noticed from previous years. Never before was one questioned when requested to tour the yacht. This year there seemed to be a heightened need to sell. To sell and partake in the lifestyle of sailing on long voyages, taking in the sun and relaxing life away. All are welcome to live in luxury with champagne bottles popping, a celebration of laughter, as hostesses in sailor suits pour one a full glass of bubbly. Is the yacht goer’s lifestyle an open-door policy to live in luxury at least on the high seas, a stringent members-only affair? This show gives us a sneak peak to see how the other side lives.



photo by Andrés LaBrada


The Force Awakens – Time to celebrate!

Fans have been awaiting 10 years for the next Star Wars movie, though ask any die-hard fan and they’ll tell you the wait has been more like 32 years since the prequels don’t count.  With The Force Awakens crushing all box office records ($247 million domestic and counting) the folks at Disney, LucasFilm, and Bad Robot have reason to celebrate.  If you were lucky enough to witness the rekindled magic on the big screen it’s time to raise a glass with one of these cocktails inspired from a long time ago…. Read more…