Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita


jalapeno cucumber margarita


Serves 1.

2 oz. tequila
1/2 oz. triple sec
2 lemon wedges
2 lime wedges (plus one for garnish)
2 teaspoons sugar
4 slices of cucumber
3 slices jalapeño
coarse sea salt


1. Muddle ice, lemon, lime, sugar, jalapeño and cucumber in a pint glass.

2. Add tequila and triple sec, shake with a Boston shaker and pour into a salt rimmed glass.

Spicy Pineapple Margarita


spicy pineapple margarita

Steve’s favorite!!!

Serves 1.

2 oz. tequila
1 oz. simple syrup
3/4 oz. triple sec
4-5 chunks of fresh pineapple
2 slices jalapeño (red or green)
2/3 of one lime, cut into wedges


1. Muddle pineapple, jalapeño, and lime wedges with ice in a pint glass. Add tequila, triple sec, and simple syrup. Shake briskly and garnish with a chunk of pineapple, jalapeño or lime.

Oregano Infused Paloma

Hello Tequila!!! Steve and I are emptying our liquor cabinet…we don’t want any booze to go to waste….that would just be alcohol abuse. We’re currently working on making a bottle of Quervo 1800 and a GIANT bottle of Sauza disappear….and it’s been slow going. Our herb garden is still going strong….even though it’s January, so I figured why not pretend it’s summer and whip up a boozy summer cocktail.


oregano paloma

Not your traditional Paloma

(serves 1-2 depending on the size of your glass)

2 oz. tequila
4 oz. grapefruit juice
1 oz. oregano simple syrup
club soda
coarse sea salt


1. Salt rim of a glass.

2. Add ice, tequila, grapefruit, simple syrup and club soda. Stir gently.

Note: this cocktail can be shaken and strained and served up (add club soda AFTER you shake it) or built over ice in a glass…it’s your call.

Oregano Simple Syrup

Oregano Infused Paloma on the rocks

Served on the rocks

1-2 sprigs oregano (more if you want it to really stand out)
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons sugar

1. In a small saucepan bring water to boil, add oregano and sugar. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool before adding to cocktail.

Apple Thyme Cocktail

apple thyme bourbon martini

Apple season is finally here!!! Another whiskey cocktail I thoroughly enjoyed…and will make again and again


Serves 1.

2 oz. bourbon or whiskey
1 1/2 oz. spiced apple cider
1/2 oz. thyme infused simple syrup
1 apple sliced crosswise into 1/4 inch slices, 1 slice cut in to chunks
1 sprig fresh thyme


1. Chill martini glass with ice and a little water.

2. Muddle thyme and a couple apple chunks together in a pint glass.

2. Add whiskey, spiced apple cider, thyme simple syrup and ice to the pint glass (if you are using a Boston Shaker) or cocktail shaker and shake until frothy.

3. Dump ice water from and fill to the top with your cocktail, garnish with an apple slice.

apple thyme bourbon martini header

Perfect way to drink a little whisky!

Thyme Infused Simple Syrup


1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
3 sprigs fresh thyme


1. In a small saucepan bring water, sugar and thyme to a simmer. Stir constantly until all sugar is dissolved. If you are using a plain apple cider try adding cinnamon, cloves, and allspice to the simple syrup to add a little fall flavor to your cocktail. Allow to cool before adding to your cocktail.


Lavender Infused Prosecco

The other night I was desperately craving some sparkling wine, but was also in the mood for a cocktail, so I came up with this Lavender Infused Prosecco cocktail with lavender “donated” from our neighbors enormous lavender plant. We paired this with a fall salad, an apple-potato soup and baked brie with a baguette.


1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon lavender (fresh or dried)
dry sparkling wine
lavender sprigs for garnish


1. Prepare a lavender simple syrup by combining the sugar, water, and loose lavender in a small saucepan. Stir continuously until the sugar is dissolved and remove from heat and allow to cool.

2. Pour a glass of sparkling wine, add a teaspoon or two of the simple syrup and garnish with a lavender sprig. Every sip will smell heavenly.

The Cocktail That Changed My Mind About Whiskey

I hated whiskey until I tried Brown Derby, which is a horrible name for a cocktail, by the way. At least the Euros call it a de Rigeur…. which actually sounds just as lame, but it sure is tasty!!! My first encounter with the Brown Derby was at Oven and Shaker in Downtown Portland…they have awesome wood-fired pizzas and even better cocktails.

brown derby cocktail

Yep, here it is…the Brown Derby Cocktail.


Serves 1.

2 oz. whiskey
1 oz. grapefruit juice
1 oz. honey simple syrup (ie. dilute your honey with some warm water…easy enough)


1. In a cocktail shaker combine whiskey, grapefruit juice, and honey simple syrup. Give a quick shake and strain into a crystal champagne coupe.

2. Garnish with a grapefruit twist or peel.



Cucumber Basil Martini

Drinking on the job!!! Woohoo…. just one of the perks of writing a blog. Steve and I came up with this super refreshing, not too sweet martini and I can’t wait to have another.

cucumber basil martini

Yum!!! More vodka please. Here’s a pic of our cucumber basil martinis before they disappear.


1 serving.

2 1/2 oz. Crater Lake Vodka
4 slices cucumber
4-5 basil leaves
1 tablespoon sugar (or less depending on how sweet/tart you want it)
1/4 of a lemon
1/2 of a lime
1 handful of ice

In a pint glass or cocktail shaker combine ice, cucumber slices, basil leaves, sugar, lemon and lime and muddle them until the basil is torn. Add vodka, give the cocktail a quick shake, strain into a martini glass and garnish with a cucumber wheel or basil leaf.