Chilled Summer Sips: Lemonade and Martinis

I couldn’t imagine a hot summer afternoon without the noise of sprinklers and a pitcher of lemonade. As I was making a batch this morning I could hear the screech of little ones running through my neighbors wet lawn as they inched closer and closer to the spray. Memories flitted here and there as I rolled and squeezed lemons. Late summer is my favorite time of year. Leaves are … Continue reading Chilled Summer Sips: Lemonade and Martinis

Simple Strawberry Milkshake

A hot summer day isn’t complete without something cold and frosty. When the fam gets in the mood for a fresh and simple shake, we turn to ingredients we have on hand. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries or even a ripe and juicy peach. A few of my childhood memories include my grandmother hand-cranking ice cream, and that meant waiting for quite awhile before we were able … Continue reading Simple Strawberry Milkshake

National Tequila Day Countdown: The Mexican Martini

Although summer  in the Northwest is brief, the days are blessedly long. The sun rises well before the alarm rings and sets deep into the night leaving time for an after dinner fire in the backyard pit and a cocktail or two before slumbering. Since National Tequila Day is Friday we are counting down the last couple of days with the best tequila cocktails we … Continue reading National Tequila Day Countdown: The Mexican Martini

Hot New Cocktail Trends in Jazzy Summer Flavors

Outdoor cocktail season is here and that means jazzy, fresh flavors that pack a wallop. Bloomery Plantation Distillery has given us a few of their best recipes  and we are over the top excited to share them with you. Bloomery SweetShine, a leader in the locally sustainable craft distillery trade, is helping drive the emerging craft beverage category and “culinary cocktail” trend that’s now sweeping … Continue reading Hot New Cocktail Trends in Jazzy Summer Flavors

Celebrate National Mojito Day with 4 Refreshing Mojito Recipes

Havana is the birthplace of the Mojito and we are feeling the Cuban vibe. Cocina 214 has shared four of their best rum recipes with us to help you celebrate. If you want to go completely authentic and are looking for something delicious to pair with your tasty Mojito, head over to TasteofCuba.com for traditional Cuban recipes. Lime Mojito 6 mint leaves, no stems 2 ounces simple … Continue reading Celebrate National Mojito Day with 4 Refreshing Mojito Recipes

Chill in Elegance with Chef Payard’s Pink Champagne and Raspberry Granité

Celebrated chef Francois Payard has the perfect remedy for a hot summer day. Chill your weekend guests with his delicious 4 ingredient cocktail that can be prepped and frozen three days in advance. Top with your favorite berries and a  sprig of mint. Thank you Chef Payard for this elegant and delicious recipe. Continue reading Chill in Elegance with Chef Payard’s Pink Champagne and Raspberry Granité

The Most Refreshing Summer Cocktails

When the 5:00 whistle blows, thirst takes over. Grab your keys and head for the nearest exit, it’s cocktail hour. Stepping out after work for a drink with friends and colleagues is a great way to relax and engage in brilliant conversation. Where can you find the most refreshing cocktails this summer? Here are a few of our favorite places to sip. RA Sushi’s Pear & Lemon … Continue reading The Most Refreshing Summer Cocktails

Top Chef judge Gail Simmons’ Lemongrass-Scented Rice Noodle Salad with Mint Cilantro

The crisp morning hustle-bustle is familiar as farmers/growers and  customers reconnect after a long winters sleep. Browsing Seattle’s energetic Pike Place Market on a busy weekend morning is exhilarating, the city feels as if it moves through you. It’s a great place to connect with local vendors to ask questions about where your food comes from, growing practices and best methods of preparation. Colors and fragrance … Continue reading Top Chef judge Gail Simmons’ Lemongrass-Scented Rice Noodle Salad with Mint Cilantro

Famed bartender Salvatore Calabrese makes liquid history as he creates world’s oldest martini

Renowned bartender Salvatore Calabrese has served royalty and celebrities, crafted iconic cocktails and has created the world’s most expensive cocktail, and now he’s made liquid history again by creating the world’s oldest martini at Bound by Salvatore at The Cromwell on Monday, March 30. The oldest martini was comprised of Park & Tilford unfiltered New York gin circa 1900 and Noilly Prat vermouth circa 1890, equating to … Continue reading Famed bartender Salvatore Calabrese makes liquid history as he creates world’s oldest martini

Much Anticipated STOUT Opening in Seattle’s Capitol Hill

Local Restaurateur Unveils “Craft Everything” Pub and Restaurant Reder Enterprises, a Seattle-based restaurant group, will celebrate the grand opening of STOUT, a premium casual neighborhood pub and restaurant in Seattle’s Capitol Hill, on Friday, January 30, 2015. “I’m so excited to get things rolling with the opening of STOUT,” said Paul Reder, owner of Reder Enterprises. “Capitol Hill is one of my favorite places in … Continue reading Much Anticipated STOUT Opening in Seattle’s Capitol Hill