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The Garamond Cocktail

The Garamond Cocktail

  “A drink for everyone and everyone for a drink!” If drinks had calling cards, this would be the signature of The Garamond. Like the ubiquitous font that this tipple is named for, it’s good to go for almost all occasions, in all seasons and pretty much for all people. It’s fruity and sweet enough […]

Cocktails, Rum

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Tomato Pie Quesadillas

Tomato Pie Quesadillas

The time was roughly a year ago; the setting a cozy little Charleston bakery with a gleaming glass counter behind which stood a sweet, blue-haired little baker. She beamed with pride and declared that they made the best tomato pie we had ever tasted. This, I can assure you, was a safe bet as “tomato […]

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The Danger Zone (our adaptation of the classic Aviation Cocktail)

The Danger Zone (our adaptation of the classic Aviation Cocktail)

Unmistakably gin with a light sweet-tart counterpart and a spicy bite that only gets more potent as you sip on, The Danger Zone is our bully of a twist on one of the classics known as The Aviation. The original is a pale blue or purple cocktail of gin, maraschino liqueur (the real stuff, not […]

Cocktails, Gin, Liqueurs

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The Peach Trove Cocktail (+ A Peach Shrub)

The Peach Trove Cocktail (+ A Peach Shrub)

This is The Peach Trove, and right now you’re only two weeks away from it.* Yes, yes – we are a ridiculous lot at times, us bloggers. It’s Thursday night and you just flipped open Pinterest or whatever looking for a new cocktail, nothing over-the-top, but perhaps a little more….just…not your old, slumpy gin & […]

Bourbon, Cocktails, Liqueurs

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Banana Caipirinha Cocktail

Banana Caipirinha Cocktail

There are two separate and distinct Jamaicas. There is the Jamaica full of adventure – everyone splashing along next to dolphins and lounging about under large umbrellas on the sand. And then there’s Jamaica with a sunburn, which is mostly like your own living room except with fewer options on the television and spectacular views […]

Liqueurs, Rum

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The Moped Sally Cocktail

The Moped Sally Cocktail

Once, some time back, as a family visit was drawing to an end, my 2-year-old niece wobbled over to give me a hug and a kiss and a “Goodbye Aunt Sarah”, and then cautioned me in grave tones to “Stay out of the street.” Had I listened to her earnest warning, there is a chance […]

Cocktails, Liqueurs

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Watermelon Ice Pimm’s Cup

Watermelon Ice Pimm’s Cup

Mark grew up in a family of five. I grew up in a family of five. In a family of five, food is bought in warehouses by the bale; there are hierarchies and flow charts that map the bartering of cereal; and god help you if you eat the last cookie. (Note: as soon as […]

Cocktails, Liqueurs

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The Henchman Cocktail

The Henchman Cocktail

Cocktail crafting is like Vegas. The Deal: White whiskey. Madeira. Smoky scotch rinse on the glass that you’ve been wanting to try ever since you read about it here. Molasses? No. Beer? Beer foam?? Beer foam made with a French press??? Yes. Hit me: A name?…hmmm… “Sweaty Viking”? No. “Spare the Rod”? What. “Fish Tank Castle”? […]

Cocktails, Scotch

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The Eager Robin Cocktail

The Eager Robin Cocktail

Spring has sent forth her messengers and minions to chase away winter’s bluster. Squirrels and rabbits frolic. Birds sing from the eaves while fat bumblebees hover like small helicopters. The animal kingdom is alive with the sounds of March… …and Charlie is having none of it. Make no mistake. She doesn’t care what you’re selling; […]

Cocktails, Vodka

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Mississippi Roast Beef Po’Boys

Mississippi Roast Beef Po’Boys

It was a morning roughly eight years ago on my commute to work, early sunshine glinting off the Dallas skyline, that Mark called me with the news. Circumstances had changed and matters had been juggled. We would not be moving to San Antonio as expected. He was to be stationed in the fairly recently Katrina-ravaged […]

Bar Snacks

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The Pit & Pith Cocktail

The Pit & Pith Cocktail

“Maraschino”. Not since the Brits put together the words “spotted” and “dick” to describe sponge cake has a term caused so much confusion and misinterpretation. Jot down “maraschino” and nine out of ten readers are going to spoon the syrup out of a small jar of candied cherries. Many of the remaining few will reach […]

Cocktails, Tequila

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Super Bowl: Booze Edition

Super Bowl: Booze Edition

Over the past few weeks I have been nursing this particular sore spot.. And had just about decided to put the kibash on all things Super Bowl in this house. However! My dear friend, Audrey, and her partner in crime, Cassie, have started up a sports fan blog called WatchLikeAGirl.com, and she asked if Mark […]

Beer, Bourbon, Cocktails, Liqueurs

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Barrel-Aged Boulevardier

Barrel-Aged Boulevardier

There are plenty of classy drinks, but when a cocktail shows up with as many vowels as it has consonants in its name, you know you are dealing with something that is going to demand attention, and probably a cigar and leather wingback chair as well. My go-to drink for the last few years has […]

Bourbon, Cocktails

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Chicken Fajita Tacos with Cucumber, Chipotle & Tangerine Salsa

Chicken Fajita Tacos with Cucumber, Chipotle & Tangerine Salsa

Do you know the duck-billed platypus – mother nature’s junk drawer of leftover pieces thrown together in order to defy classification? That’s sort of what’s going on here today. We’ve got a topping….or a dip…..or maybe a side dish? It’s crunchy cucumbers and red onion marinated in tangy apple cider vinegar and Mexican oregano accompanied by […]

Bar Snacks

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Baubles Party Mix

Baubles Party Mix

It is a truth that should be well known that when it comes to bowling; style > talent. It’s not an activity I attempt very often, but when I do, it’s quite the spectacle – or so I’ve been told. According to witnesses (at least once they’ve stopped laughing) my style resembles nothing so much as […]

Bar Snacks

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The Yuletide Fireside Cocktail

The Yuletide Fireside Cocktail

We have lived in this little, old house for 5 months. Mark has been on call for the last approximately 600 days. (give or take.) My in-laws will be here in 3 weeks for Christmas. We have roughly 15 pictures to hang, 4 sets of blinds to put up, 3 articles of damaged furniture awaiting […]

Cocktails, Liqueurs, Rum

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Sweet Clove & Bacon Kettle Corn

Sweet Clove & Bacon Kettle Corn

Want to know the wrong way to make an impression at the dinner party your husband’s boss is hosting? Faint. Several years ago I was diagnosed with Neurocardiogenic Syncope, which sounds a lot more impressive than it is. Basically it means from time to time, if certain factors like a soaring heart rate, prolonged acute […]

Bar Snacks

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Smoked Pork Nachos

Smoked Pork Nachos

When you’ve been married to someone for a over a decade, it is always a little surprising to learn something new and unexpected about them. Like how they can be so utterly wrong about what makes the best nachos. After years of sharing various versions of cheese-topped tostadas, I found out that – contrary to […]

Bar Snacks

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The Sour Brew Margarita

The Sour Brew Margarita

In December of last year we found out we were bound for Charleston, SC. It was at some point amidst March that we began planning the move, and then in June we decided that putting a cover on my truck for the cross-country haul would be a grand idea. I had no idea how much raw, unadulterated sex […]

Beer, Cocktails, Tequila

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The Darcy & Micawber: A Punch

The Darcy & Micawber: A Punch

In writing, as in grilled cheese sandwiches, you must strike while the iron is hot. When the muse taps on your shoulder you put aside your work, drop the weights, abandon the grocery cart, stop whatever you are doing and sit down with pen & paper. Because, if you ignore her tap, tap, tapping at […]

Bourbon, Cocktails, Wine

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The Walrus Cocktail

The Walrus Cocktail

Many mischievous nights ago, Mark and I discovered that the best seat in almost any restaurant is the one bellied up to the bar. Most of the time there is little to no wait to snag a stool, and once there you get to sample the kitchen’s talent served up on small plates (and usually […]

Cocktails, Rum

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The Token Summer

The Token Summer

Hallelujah! The dulcet sounds of football are stampeding around our house once again. Bookbag-laden kids crowd the sidewalks in the morning, and the calendar has decreed that I put away my whites. But it seems, at least in our little corner of the world, that summer is not prepared to pass off the baton just […]

Cocktails, Gin

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Pineapple Peridot Punch

Pineapple Peridot Punch

I am going to be very upfront with you. You’re going to need to know your audience for this one.  

Cocktails, Liqueurs, Wine

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Pure Cane Ice Cream (+Bourbon Milkshakes)

Pure Cane Ice Cream (+Bourbon Milkshakes)

  If you were to bottle Nostalgia, this is what it would look like. Steen’s isn’t the only brand of pure cane syrup, but it’s the best one we’ve tried, and as far as I’ve found – it’s the oldest brand in the country. Pure cane syrup has a deep, rich flavor akin to molasses, […]

Bourbon, Cocktails

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Endive & Pear Nestles

Endive & Pear Nestles

Crisp endive, soft tangy goat cheese, juicy sweet pears, bright pesto and camera-ready quicker than you can get your party shoes on. Which is a good thing if your boss announces she is coming by for happy hour, or if your best frenemy waits until the last minute to let you know you are in […]

Bar Snacks

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The Post Call Flip and the Big “1”

The Post Call Flip and the Big “1”

It’s been one year since I wrote a bit about a ruckus in the night, snapped a couple of embarrassingly horrendous pictures of a cocktail, hit “Publish” (and then squealed a little in terror). Let me tell you, that first post was a resounding success with my mom and dad. However, hoping to branch out […]

Bourbon, Cocktails, Liqueurs

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Jambalaya Skewers

Jambalaya Skewers

It is summer. The coolers are iced down, the plastic kiddie pool is a go, and it is time to put all manner of food on sticks. And, hell’s bells, do we ever love putting food on sticks. We’ve been doing it since man discovered fire and stuck his velociraptor haunch onto the end of […]

Bar Snacks

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Cherry Pepper Martini

Cherry Pepper Martini

Few things in this world are as timeless as a little black dress and a martini. Year to year, decade to decade, they have both served as symbols of class and refinement. Every season another color, another drink promises to step in and take their place in the halls of class. And every time, we […]

Cocktails, Gin

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The Sideshow Cocktail

The Sideshow Cocktail

I had a plan. I had all of my posts mapped out months ago to accommodate where we would be in the process of the move and what supplies I would have available. What I did not anticipate was beating all of our belongings to Charleston by a week. So until Wednesday, we are still living out […]

Beer, Cocktails, Liqueurs

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The Bohemian Beach Bum Cocktail

The Bohemian Beach Bum Cocktail

For many years, to those who take their drinking seriously, “tiki” has been a four-letter-word associated with neon syrups and cloying mixers so far removed from the initial ideology that the only things connecting the original with its bastardized version were the name and the rum. Even the rum itself was stripped of any variation […]

Cocktails, Rum

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Grilled Breakfast Pizza

Grilled Breakfast Pizza

Crunchy, chewy, soft, melty, smoky, meaty and savory… …and it is a fine answer to that age-old bugaboo: “What do I make company for breakfast?” (you know, when muffins and sweets just ain’t gonna cut it anymore)

Bar Snacks

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The Snake Bite

The Snake Bite

This is what a Texas girl does when the writing is on the wall. Our house is now a labyrinth of packed cardboard boxes. In two days these, along with all of the furniture, will be loaded onto a truck headed for Charleston, SC.  And after a two-week stint in temporary housing, we will be […]

Cocktails, Tequila

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Jalapenos en Nogada

Jalapenos en Nogada

We’ve “popped” a lot of jalapenos in this kitchen. We have stuffed them with everything from bacon to chorizo to mushrooms & gouda. We have baked, roasted, grilled and broiled them. We have wrapped them in bacon, smothered them in cheddar and topped them with red chili sauce. Jalapeno poppers are a staple of every […]

Bar Snacks

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The Honey Bee’s Ball Cocktail

The Honey Bee’s Ball Cocktail

Generally speaking, the way to my muse is through the stomach, thus a great number of these posts begin with an idea for a recipe and then progress to the internet dialogue. Not this time. This cocktail was 100% born of the need to capture the simple spring moment that occurred some time around 8:43 […]

Cocktails, Wine

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The Tinderbox Cocktail

The Tinderbox Cocktail

Admit it…..we’re all more or less suckers for pomp and circumstance when it comes to cocktails. Between little plastic mermaids, mustachioed glass markers, and hollowed-out coconuts with loopy straws, the modern cocktail never has to go unaccessorized. No trip to the beach is complete without little umbrellas in happy colors and a night in the […]

Bourbon, Cocktails

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Fried Pickled Pepper Sliders

Fried Pickled Pepper Sliders

And so, in the middle of the week at the end of the day we found ourselves at the intersection of “there are always more hotdog buns than hotdogs”, “you never quite finish a jar of pickled anything”, and “so…about dinner?”. Thus, these. Double-decker, pan-seared, juicy beef patties covered in cheese and cradling the salty […]

Bar Snacks

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Beef Wellington Bites

Beef Wellington Bites

What we know about the Duke of Wellington: Commander Extraordinaire Fabulous taste in wine A wit dry as burned popcorn What we don’t know about the Duke of Wellington: If he actually had anything at all to do with beef wellington.

Bar Snacks

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Coconut Wine Wafers

Coconut Wine Wafers

Subtly sweet and snappy with just enough charisma; introducing wine’s new wingman. These coconut wafers began as an attempt at a simple, but elegant tea biscuit. They are slightly sweet with a warm, toasty flavor, light and crisp and present on a plate like fine, antiqued lace. Simple both in essence and preparation, they possess […]

Bar Snacks

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Conti & Royal Cocktail

Conti & Royal Cocktail

Atlantis. Stonehenge. El Dorado. The little gingerbread cottage in the woods. If there ever was a place heavy with enchantments, it’s New Orleans. You won’t notice it at first. When you stroll through the streets of the French Quarter lined with miles of wrought iron fences and balconies, you will note that it is stunningly […]

Bourbon, Cocktails, Liqueurs, Rye

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THREE Wings to Rule Them All: Desert, Honey Sriracha & Spicy Garlic Parmesan

THREE Wings to Rule Them All: Desert, Honey Sriracha & Spicy Garlic Parmesan

Another football season is in the red zone. The Cowboys and Bears made an early exit with their tails between their legs. Again. And the Pickled Capers kitchen has chosen a supreme wing to rule over all. Kind of. Let’s do a quick recap: The season began with three-day coverage of police dredging a lake […]

Bar Snacks

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The Fiery Captain Party Mix

The Fiery Captain Party Mix

The formula for creating a good party mix is the same whether you are talking about music, the guest list, the bar, or, in this case, a bowl of nuts, cereal and fruit + this and that. The key is complexity with balance. You want a variety of flavors and textures that all hit on […]

Bar Snacks

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Chicken Antipasti Sandwich

Chicken Antipasti Sandwich

Your Lincoln Log set; that summer at your grandparents you spent honing your Jenga skills; 6th period Physics…..they have all led up to today. Today, you are going to stack this sandwich. This is not a sandwich for tea. Nor is it one you throw together while your coffeepot is sputtering, there’s a pillow crease […]

Bar Snacks

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Phoenix Christmas Cocktail

Phoenix Christmas Cocktail

December has dawned with lights, ornaments and a high of 73 degrees. Thus, hot buttered rum and cozy wassail are still not topping the list of craves here in Phoenix. Yet, despite the decidedly un-North Pole like weather, my husband has been hankering to put up the Christmas décor since some time around the first […]

Cocktails, Gin, Vodka

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Double-Crisped Fries and Pickle Ketchup

Double-Crisped Fries and Pickle Ketchup

Though Rick Steves or Bill Bryson I am not, I do feel called upon to share a few travel tips, pointers, and unsolicited advice that Mark and I have picked up over the last couple of months. 1. When in mid-air and mid-Breaking Bad episode, it is important to remember that you, on account of […]

Bar Snacks

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The Drink’s In The Details

The Drink’s In The Details

Sometimes a butterfly wing can stir up a monsoon, and pennies have been known to derail trains (or so I was told when I was 7). Without scouring the www for quotes and pie charts to substantiate these claims I can say with certainty that often the tiny things, the scraps of significance, can have […]

Cocktails, Liqueurs

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One Wing to Rule Them All

One Wing to Rule Them All

It is said that the Spartans of ancient Greece lived and breathed warfare day in and day out. Children were born and raised to fight, and peace was not only unheard of, but downright undesirable. For many a century such united focus on domination, tactical genius and brute force was lost to civilization. And then […]

Bar Snacks

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Palo Verde Cocktail

Palo Verde Cocktail

The Palo Verde is one clever little tree. You would have to be if you were a little tree in the middle of a large desert; and certainly if you were a little tree in a large desert that occasionally turns into robust rapids during monsoon season. The Palo Verde’s deep roots anchor it quite […]

Cocktails, Tequila

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An Old Fashioned College Weekend

An Old Fashioned College Weekend

There comes a point (or a few) in the course of Phoenix summers when one becomes exhausted with dashing from air conditioning to air conditioning and even more so with the dragon’s breath in between. This year we anticipated this point and planned a weekend retreat up to the Flagstaff mountains. Unfortunately, these plans collided […]

Bourbon, Cocktails