Fun with Cocktails

I have cheerfully spent the better part of today looking for dazzling cocktails to make for an event we are hosting this month.   I had a blast searching through books, website, apps on my phone and have finally settled on a few that I feel will be a superb mix with both food and friends.

It was love at first sight when I spied this concoction on  This site is a  great place to gather information for your next cocktail party.

Aviation Cocktail

  • 1 1/2 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/3 oz maraschino liqueur
  • 1/3 ounce creme de violette

Shake with cracked ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

I found these next two delightful recipes on which is another excellent site to peruse for any cocktail you could have ever possibly heard of and even more you haven’t.  If you host cocktail events or just enjoy imbibing at home, you will more than likely visit this incredible site often.

Aperol Sour

  • 2 ounces Aperol orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • dash of orange bitters

Fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice ~ shake and strain in to a juice glass.  Garnish with an orange slice.

Wild Hisbiscus Sour

  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice
  • 3/4 ounce wild hibiscus syrup
  • 1/2 ounce egg white
  • 1 wild hibiscus flour

Shake vigorously for 30 seconds, strain over cracked ice into a highball glass.  Garnish with a skewered hibiscus flower.

Always looking for something tasty and out of the ordinary, I turned to one of my absolute favs, for a different flavor of Martini.

Olive Rosemary Martini

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 2 teaspoons dry vermouth
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • pitted olives

Shake 2 ounces gin and 2 teaspoons dry vermouth with crushed ice.  Strain into stemmed glass, strip leaves from bottom two inches of rosemary sprig.  Skewer through pitted olives and add to drink.

The last is a favorite of mine from, which is one of the  sites I visit for inspiration on a daily basis.  This particular beverage is a creation of Giada’s and is incredibly tasty.

Sgroppino (Italian Cocktail)

  • 1 cup chilled Prosecco (Italian sparkling white wine)
  • 2 tablespoons chilled vodka
  • 1/3 c frozen lemon sorbet
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh mint leaves

Pour Prosecco and vodka into 2 champagne flutes, dividing equally.  Spoon a scoop of sorbet in to each flute, sprinkle with mint and serve immediately.

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