Category Archives: Cocktails

Christmas Margaritas!

We finally made it  home after driving 8.5 hours from Hilton Head to DC on Christmas Day. Nothing is open except for the Indian restaurant down the street, and for some reason, I am craving cocktails and garlic naan! With a few things on hand, I threw these together, and feel a little more festive, merry, warm, and in the Christmas spirit.

Merry Christmas to all you goons out there…big and small!…xoxoxo

Christmas Margaritas

1 part tequila
1 part orange liquor
1 part lime/lemon
1 part pomegranate juice
1 part seltzer water

Mix to combine. Taste and adjust booze/juice as needed.  Enjoy!

Hurricane Brew (a.k.a. Good-Night Irene)

In order to cope with Hurri-Quake 2011, we had to have a signature cocktail on hand to get us through these difficult times (and it was a good excuse to drink).  The goons were getting restless!  After a little research and polling friends on FB, I learned that the classic Hurricane cocktail from NOLA has to have rum, but can contain almost anything else.

My brew contained varying amounts of the kitchen sink:

  • Grenadine
  • Triple-Sec
  • Amaretto
  • Vodka
  • Dark Rum
  • Margarita Mix
  • Grapefruit Juice
  • Pineapple Juice

I thought the Amaretto was unnecessary, but it really added a kick reminiscent of Spring Break 1994.  I’m happy to report that after a 1/2 glass of this bad boy, I am remembering better times and cannot feel my teeth.

My last meal…

Until yesterday, I never had an answer to, “what would you like have for your last meal on Earth?” Sure, pizza and cheeseburgers, waffles and fried chicken all sound nice, but there might not be anything quite as satisfying as a perfect pina colada. Before they juice me up the electrical chair, what else would taste so sweet?  It’s a boozy smoothie. It’s a meal and a cocktail. Its flavors remind me of happy times…the beach, my honeymoon, the islands, “mon.” Call me crazy, but the humble pina colada might be the solution for world peace.

When we whipped these up yesterday afternoon, I don’t think that I have ever tasted such deliciousness when it hit my lips.  It’s not just for vacations and special occasions anymore, and the goons agreed (after going up for more….again, and again, and again).  Does anyone know if Tony  at CP Liquors carries Pussers?  I’m out.


1/2 can cream of coconut (stir a bit before adding)
1/2 can crushed pineapple
5 oz good rum (I like Pussers)
3 cups ice

– Combine all ingredients in the blender and churn away. Taste and adjust ingredients as necessary. Add a little pineapple juice if you like it sweeter. Add a dark rum “floater” if you like it boozier.


Feel no pain

Better off Red

In preparing to entertain goons, it is imperative to have enough hooch on hand.  I shop strategically so that I am stocked up on a mix of reasonably priced wines to quench both the highly refined and non-discerning palates.

One of our beloved goons has been known to wash his food down with *several* bottles of wine.  He drinks it down his gullet it like Welsh’s grape juice.  I cannot stress the importance of being prepared for such a scenario.  We recently witnessed him drink another couple out of house and home, which included several expensive “keeper” bottles, some of which were wedding gifts.  We have learned from experience that it’s best to decant the cheap stuff, and tell him that it’s a Chateauneuf du Pape.  A true goon would be happy drinking sawdust, and would not know the difference.

Here are my top three recent goon-approved red wine purchases from Trader Joe’s.  These are slightly more expensive than “2 Buck Chuck”, but surprisingly drinkable.  Stock up on a case (or 2)!

$5.99 Bordeaux and $4.99 Nero d'Avola

$10.99 - Trader Joe's 2008 Reserve Cab