Vampire’s Kiss

Vampire's Kiss

  I still can't get over Halloween, so I'm going to keep posting my spooky drinks. This one uses my delicious Blackberry Liqueur and grenadine, and between those two ingredients and the cranberry juice, it's a luscious red color. It's also nice and tart, which I appreciate. If you feel like serving it for a fall feast, I won't quibble. I'll just keep the Halloween flow going a little longer. Food pairing: All Day I…

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Corpse Reviver #2

Corpse Reviver #2

Have I mentioned how much I love Halloween? Only about 637 times, but I'm going to mention it again. I LOVE Halloween. Don't get me wrong; I can't even peek at a horror movie unless it's at least 50 years old and very gentle. But I enjoy the slightly spooky and mysterious vibe, the dressing up, and of course the cocktails.This one is a classic and involves one of my favorite spirits, gin. It's easy…

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Dracula

Dracula

  I can't tell you how much I enjoy Halloween! It's probably my favorite time of the year, so I will be focusing on Halloween cocktails for a while. This one is from the excellent people at Copper Cat Distillery in Woodinville, WA. Brandy is the focus here, but you will really notice the pomegranate flavor from my Sugar-Free Grenadine. It's rich and just a little bit tart, which is also fantastic for fall.Recipe pairing:…

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Christmas in August Margarita

Christmas in August Margarita

  In my quest to find other uses for my Diet cranberry juice and coconut milk, I came across this recipe from The Spruce Eats and decided to de-carb it. I substituted the orange liqueur with my sugar-free triple sec and tried it with some reposado tequila as a variation on blanco. I liked it so much I'm putting it in my recipe. It was so good I couldn't save the recipe until the holidays,…

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Pink Lady

Pink Lady

    I came across a recipe for sugar-free grenadine (the link to the recipe is below) and wanted to give it a try in one of my low-carb cocktails. Commercially available grenadine tends to be chock-full of sugar, so I wanted to see how it would taste with a sugar substitute. Grenadine is fundamentally a pomegranate syrup. It's used in the famous Shirley Temple and a whole raft load of classic and contemporary cocktails.I…

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French 75

French 75

The French 75 is named for a gun used by the French in World War I. It certainly does pack a wallop, but don't let the warlike name fool you. This is pure refreshment, and it's perfect for those brunchy moments we all enjoy so much. It's not clear whether the first French 75 was made using cognac or gin, but since I am such a gin lover that's what you're getting from me. If…

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