The Perfect Margarita

Cocktails, Mexican | April 25, 2009 | By

Great article on what makes the perfect Margarita. I’m not sure about the 1:1:1 ratio, but I like the explanations of all of the ingredients.

Chris Hall: The Perfect Margarita – Huffington Post

Tequila Sunrise with Homemade Grenadine

Cocktails | April 10, 2009 | By

Classic Cocktail

I’m a huge fan of old fashioned cocktails and this tequila sunrise is no exception. Only three ingredients make up this delicious libation…how simple is that?! The homemade grenadine makes all the difference, so don’t even think about using that bottled stuff.

Tequila Sunrise recipe in second part of post…

Recipe makes one cocktail


3 ounces of good Tequila (Patron, Heradura, or Cazadores)
6 ounces orange juice
1 ounce homemade grenadine


Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour tequila and orange juice into glass. Lastly, add grenadine but DO NOT stir. The grenadine will fall to the bottom and create the “sunrise” effect. Enjoy!

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Homemade Grenadine

Cocktails | April 9, 2009 | By


Classic Cocktails

Many old fashioned and classic cocktails call for grenadine. Grenadine was once a delicious pomegranate based syrup that is now sadly nothing but colored sugar water. I hate fake substitutes in ingredients so making my own made tons of sense.

I recently received a case of POM Wonderful Pomegranate juice from the fine people at POM, and I’ve been itching to make something fun with it. Grenadine seemed perfect, especially since the weather has been warming up which usually means switching from wine to drinking cocktails! Grenadine can be used to make a number of classic cocktails but is probably most widely known in a Tequila Sunrise.

Grenadine recipe in second part of post


4 cups POM Wonderful Pomegranate juice
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice


Place all of the ingredients in a sauce pan. Bring juice to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 45 minutes, or until it reduces by half. Let cool and place in a glass jar and refrigerate until ready to use. Use the Grenadine to make Pomegranate Mimosas, Singapore Slings, or a Tequila Sunrise.

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Best Bloody Mary Recipe

Cocktails | February 11, 2009 | By

**UPDATE – I’ve recently perfected my bloody mary recipe.  The new bloody mary recipe can be found here. (1/04/2011)

Brunch this past weekend was made all the better by these fantastic Bloody Mary’s! This is the all-time best bloody mary recipe I’ve ever tried. It’s a perfect combination of hearty ingredients, spice, and tartness. Try some this weekend! Oh, and yes, this is yet again, a successful Barefoot Contessa recipe. 


3 large stalks celery from the heart, including leaves, plus extra for serving
36 ounces tomato juice (recommended: Sacramento)
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon grated yellow onion
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
12 dashes hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco), or to taste
1 1/2 cups vodka


Cut the celery in large dice, including the leaves, and puree in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Process until finely minced. In a large pitcher, combine the rest of the ingredients except the vodka. With the food processor running, pour 1/4 of the tomato juice mixture into the food processor through the feed tube. Then pour the contents of the food processor into the pitcher with the remaining tomato juice mixture. Add the vodka and chill. Serve in tall glasses over ice with a stick of celery.

Easy Simple Syrup Recipe

Cocktails | December 18, 2008 | By

simple syrup recipe

Classic and Simple

There’s nothing more simple and classic than simple syrup. It’s such a basic, yet essential ingredient. Simple syrup is used when making cocktails that call for a sweetener. You know how sometimes, when you add sugar to cold liquid, it doesn’t really dissolve? THAT’S when simple syrup comes in handy. You see, simple syrup is nothing but dissolved sugar. Mix it with lemon juice and you have home made sweet and sour mix which is perfect for WHISKEY SOURS! Try using lime juice instead of lemons and mix it with cointreau and tequila for a perfect Margarita! I make a batch and keep it in a plastic squeeze bottle!

Simple Syrup Recipe

1 part sugar
1 part water

Place water and sugar in a sauce pan and heat over medium heat until all the sugar is dissolved. It usually takes a couple of minutes and you can tell when it’s done because the liquid turns crystal clear! Once it dissolves let it cool and it’s ready to use!