Cocktail Recipes

The Union Square Cafe’s Bar Nuts

Looking for something delicious, and fancy schmancy to add to the menu for your next cocktail party? These are so good and so addictive. I like to make up little cellophane bags of them and send them home with guests as party favors. They also make a nice hostess gift. This perfect bar nut recipe…

pineapple cocktails

Here are a few refreshing, beachy pineapple cocktails to celebrate summer! Garnish with flamingo swizzle sticks, mini paper umbrellas, cute straws with puffy pineapples on them, maraschino cherries, pineapple chunks, lime wedges, orange slices… you get the idea! Have fun with it. My daughter made the drinks pictured above and they are literally just pineapple…

oreo cookies & cream dream shake

Sometimes it’s fun to enjoy a cocktail that’s masquerading as a decadent ice cream treat! We decided to create one for our New Year’s Eve celebration this year. You could omit the alcohol for the kiddos or for people who don’t imbibe. I think you’re going to love this creamy, dreamy shake! If you don’t…

the bee sting {burnt cayenne honey bourbon sour}

This cocktail is sweet and spicy! We love the depth of flavor that comes from “burning” the honey before we turn it into simple syrup and mix it into our lemony bourbon sour. It’s SO good. Ever been stung by a bee? This is just as exciting and way more fun. The “sting” comes from…

milano mule

We’re making icy, refreshing Milano Mule cocktails this evening for date night on the deck. A Milano Mule is a Moscow Mule with an Italian twist. Instead of vodka, we use the always awesome limoncello. Some people make their mules in a lowball glass, but I think the copper mugs are a must! for one…

lemon meringue pie milkshake {cocktail}

This is a beautiful, dreamy, lemony, creamy cocktail that I created featuring my favorite: limoncello. Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur that is produced in Southern Italy almost exclusively in the regions of Naples, the island of Capri, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. Some of my favorite commercial brands include: Argiolas Tremontis, Badia, and Villa…

the bees knees {burnt honey whiskey sour}

Are you a fan of sweet whiskey drinks? This is one of my favorites. I love the bee theme. My first name, Melissa, means bee, and therefore, I dedicate this drink to me. for one cocktail: 2 and 1/2 oz. whiskey (I used Jack Daniel’s) 1 and 1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 and…

tipsy shamrock shakes

Looking for a creamy, minty, sweet libation to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? When I was little I always loved going to McDonald’s to get a Shamrock Shake on St. Pat’s. This is that same, nostalgic drink… all grown up. Serve these without the Bailey’s and Jameson for the kiddos, and for teetotalers. They’re delicious either…

voodoo bloody mary

My daughter Andrea is an amazing mixologist and she created this sultry cocktail for happy hour today. She uses only the best ingredients and the end result is nothing short of outstanding. for one voodoo bloody mary:  2 Tablespoons jalapeno pickle juice OR pepperoncini juice 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1 and 1/2 oz. Stoli vodka…

mile high bbq chicken skillet nachos

I am sooooo darn excited to be working with the awesome company Food Should Taste Good. One of their reps contacted me and asked if I would like to develop some unique recipes using their chips, to which I replied an enthusiastic “YES!” She also asked if I would provide a drink pairing for each…