Chartreuse Gin Daisy


I found this cocktail recipe on F&W  – it called for yellow Chartreuse, which I did not have so I used green Chartreuse instead. The perfect cocktail for the first day of spring.


  • 2 1/4 oz London dry gin
  • 1/4 oz Chartreuse
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice

1/4 oz agave nectar

  • Dash of orange bitters


  • 1 brandied cherry, for garnish

Combine in a cocktails shaker. Shake. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a cherry.

Serves 1


Casino Cocktail


I love this cocktail – a little sweet a little tart and perfect for a Saturday Night.

1 (1-by-3-inch) strip orange peel
2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
3/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
2 dashes orange bitters
Lemon and orange twists, for garnish

Twist the strip of orange peel to release the aromatic oils, and place in a cocktail shaker. Add all remaining ingredients except the lemon and orange twists and fill with ice.
Shake well and strain into a m

Rancho Panna Cotta with Blueberries


This is form David Lenovitz’s Ripe for Dessert. The only change I made was using coconut palm sugar which gave it a little darker color. The blueberries in gin are heavenly!

1 1/2 c half and half
1/2 sugar
Zest of two lemons
2 cinnamon sticks
1 envelope of unflavored gelatin
3 TBSP cold water
2/3 c buttermilk

4 c blueberries
1/2 c sugar
1/4 c gin

Warm half and half, sugar, zest, and cinnamon in a pan over low heat. Remove from hear once it starts to steam, cover and let steep 1 hour.

In a medium bowl, sprinkle to gelatin over the cold water and soften for 5 minutes. Reward half and half, then pour through a strainer into the gelatin. Stir in the buttermilk.

Pour Into 8 4-oz buttered ramekins and chill at least 4 hours.

Warm berries, sugar and gin in a saucepan until softened nd they start to release their juices.

To serve. Unmold Panna cotta and tip with berries.

Serves 8.

Sparkling Tarragon Gin-ade


This recipe was inspired by Bon Appetite, I made a few changes to suit our tastes. This is the perfect cocktail for a hot summer day – the tarragon and Elder liquor are great together.

10 large springs tarragon
2 lemons, thinly sliced
2 TBSP sugar
1 c gin
1/4 c st germain
1/2 c lemon juice
12 oz sparkling water

In a pitcher add tarragon, lemon slices, lemon juice and sugar – muddle the heck out of it. Add the gin and st germain, muddle more. Allow to seep for an hour or more, muddling when you think about it. Just before serving add the speaking water.

Serve over ice with tarragon and a few lemon slices.

The Liberation Cocktail


It was one of those days and man oh man do I need a little liberation! Found this cocktail online, but added a bit more Violette liquor, just cos I felt like it. The results – liberation from my hectic day!

2 oz Gin
1 oz Elderflower liqueur, St. Germain
1⁄2 oz Lemon juice
1/4 oz Crème de Violette
1 lemon twist

Combine ingredients in a shaker. Shake and stain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist.