Tag Archives: Gin cocktails

Basil & Salt’s Holiday Moscow Mule

Pomegranates are in season October through February, making them both a  colorful and delicious addition to the holiday season. When choosing your pomegranate look for a deep color with a red to reddish-brown outer rind. If it’s ripe it will feel heavy for its size. It will keep chilled for 3 to 4 weeks if unopened.

PomegranateHow to de-seed your pomegranate

Using a paring knife, cut a circle at a shallow angle and remove the crown (blossom end) of the pomegranate. Toss away.

Use your paring knife to cut along the ridges on the outside of your pomegranate from blossom to stem. Make 6 gentle cuts careful not to go too deep, you don’t want to pierce the seeds.

Working over a bowl, use your fingers to gently pry open your pomegranate (see photo)  and pull the seeds away from the peel and white membrane.

Holiday Moscow Mule

Holiday Moscow MulesIngredients

  • 1 copper mug
  • Ice
  • Fresh orange wedges (for cocktail and garnish)
  • 2 ounces gin or vodka
  • 4-6 ounces ginger beer
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • Pomegranate or frozen cranberries, for garnish
  • Rosemary sprig, for garnish


Squeeze orange wedge into copper mug and fill mug with ice. Pour gin, ginger beer and cranberry juice on ice. Garnish with pomegranate or frozen cranberries, rosemary sprig and drop an orange slice in for garnish.

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Garden Party Perfect Summer Cocktails

Summer dreaming in late spring. It’s torture to have consistently warm temps so close and yet so far. This time of year they flirt mercilessly with us, flitting in out of the forecast, giving us just a tease and a taste of sun-filled days.

While all of the recipes below have a refreshing air to them, I have a weakness for  Prosecco and I find drinking a delicious Mimosa or two on a Sunday morning to be a delightful decadence. A bowl of fruit and several juices to suit all flavors is a brilliant way to entertain weekend guests. The recipe below utilizes fresh peaches and a bit of ginger for a blended cocktail.

Whether your celebration is indoors or out, this is a gorgeous way to kick off summer parties. Cheers!

Peachy Keen Cocktail

  • Difficulty: Mimosa Perfect
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Peachy KeenIngredients

  • Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
  • 3 fresh peaches, pitted and halved
  • 1/2 fresh ginger, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 cups crushed ice


Place peaches, sugar, lime juice, ginger and Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore in a blender, blend at medium speed until smooth. Add ice to the blender and process.

Spiked Strawberry Slushie

  • Difficulty: Spring Perfect
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Spiked Strawberry SlushieIngredients

  • Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
  • 3 cups strawberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 sprig fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


Stir lemon juice and Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore together, set aside. Combine ice cubes, mint, sugar and strawberries in blender, blend on high till smooth. Pour in lemon and Prosecco mixture and blend on medium until smooth. Distribute mixture evenly in glasses and top with remaining Prosecco. Garnish with strawberry.

French 75

  • Difficulty: Garden Party Delicious
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French 75Ingredients

  • Bottle Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
  • 1 fl. ounce gin
  • 1/4 fresh lemon of juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Lemon spiral for garnish


Fill cocktail shaker with gin, ice, lemon juice and sugar. Pour into Champagne flute. Top with Santa Magherita Prosecco Superiore. Stir and garnish with lemon spiral




Cocktail Hour; Blushing Co-Ed by Shaun the Bartender

Blushing Co-Ed Photo:  Shaun the Bartender

Blushing Co-Ed
Photo: Shaun the Bartender

Warm days, a hot grill and a cool cocktail.  I can’t think of a better way to spend a late spring evening than relaxing in the back yard with one of Shaun the Bartender’s creative cocktails.  This delightful pre-prohibition cocktail is a bit more involved than most, but well worth the time.   He posts one each day, are you a subscriber yet?  

Blushing Co-Ed

  • 7 Raspberries (four for the drink, three to use as a garnish)
  • 2 Tsp. Granulated Sugar  (if you want to use simple syrup, go with 1/2 oz.)
  • 1 1/2 oz. Gin
  • 1 oz. Applejack
  • 1 Raw Egg (optional)
  • Juice from one Lemon

Method:  In a mixing glass with ice, drop in four raspberries and sugar.  Muddle until the two ingredients are blended well.  Add the gin, applejack, and raw egg, (optional).  Cap off with a tin and do a dry shake, (without ice), for about ten – fifteen seconds.  This will allow the egg to infiltrate the other ingredients and gives you a nice and foamy beverage.  Uncap, add ice, then shake a few more times to give it a chill.  Uncap, squeeze in the juice of one lemon, cap and shake again for a few seconds.  Strain into a cocktail glass.  Add three raspberries for garnish.

This variety of drink is sometimes called a mash because you are muddling flavor, in this case raspberry and sugar, in with the other ingredients.  You will be pleasantly surprised with the aroma and feel this cocktail has to offer.

I do recommend that you take a moment and watch Shaun concoct this little beauty right here.  Also, pop over to his site and hit the follow button.  There is a new cocktail every day for your imbibing and entertaining pleasure.

You can also find Shaun the Bartender on Facebook and Twitter

Watch Shaun whip up a Blushing Co-Ed


Refreshing Rhubarb Cocktails

Heating up the grill for a night on the patio at my place, requires a spirit or two.  This week our flavor of choice is rhubarb and we were on the hunt for the best rhubarb cocktails out there.  Let’s kick off spring with a spirit or two….

Refreshing Rhubarb Ginger Cooler

Refreshing Rhubarb Ginger Cooler

Rhubarb Ginger Cooler by Cocktail Times

Our first landing spot brought to a delightful concoction over at Cocktail Times.  It’s a bit more involved than simply opening a few bottles, measuring and pouring, but no more so than the time it takes creating your own simple syrup.

List of Ingredients

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce GranGala Triple Orange liqueur
  • 1 1/2 ounce Rhubarb-Ginger compote ** recipe on site
  • 1 strawberry
  • 7 mint leaves
  • 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz Snow White Tea (a white tea with apple flavor)
  • Prosecco

For method and rhubarb ginger compote, please follow this link.  While you are over there jotting down this recipe, take a few mins and poke around the site.  It is full of “sprit”ual goodness.

Fresh and Seasonal Champagne and Rhubarb Cocktail

Fresh and Seasonal Champagne and Rhubarb Cocktail

Champagne Rhubarb Cocktail by Delicious Magazine UK.  This delightful cocktail will be a fresh and seasonal option to the trad Mimosa for Sunday Brunch.  The rhubarb syrup is made with the zest and juice of the orange, rhubarb, sugar and a splash of water.  Gin and chilled sparkling wine are added later.

Take a few minutes and browse this site, it is one of our faves here at Your Home.  Full recipe here.

Fresh and delicious Strawberry Rhubarb Sundowner

Fresh and delicious Strawberry Rhubarb Sundowner

Strawberry Rhubarb Sundowner by Cozy, Delicious.  A tasty concoction using the slightly sweet French aperitif, Lillet.  Rhubarb, strawberries, sugar, Lillet and seltzer or club soda.  Full recipe and method here.  Again, please take a few minutes and browse the site, it is full of more delicious treats than you can imagine.

Heating up the grill for a night on the patio at my place, requires a spirit or two.  This week our flavor of choice is rhubarb and we were on the hunt for the best rhubarb cocktails out there.  Let’s kick off spring with a spirit or two….

Note:  Please remember to take the link along with you to the originating site when sharing photographs and recipes.  

There are more delicious Rhubarb recipes over here at;

Tart and Tempting Rhubarb Recipes

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