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TheSTRAWBERRY RHUBARB PIECOCKTAIL
INGREDIENTS 2 Oz Bourbon1/2 Oz Grand Marnier3 Oz Strawberry Rhubarb Syrup(Recipe below*)1 Oz Fresh Lemon Juice2 Tablespoons Pasteurized Egg White2 Drops Rhubarb Bitters
Garnish: Crushed, Baked, Sugared Pie Crust Rim, Fresh Strawberry, Lemon Slice
DIRECTIONSMake the Strawberry Rhubarb Syrup.*Sugar, then bake a single pre-made pie crust, crumble. Rub the glass rim with a lemon quarter then dip in the sweetened pie crust.Chill glass in the freezer.Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and dry shake (shake without ice) for a full minute to emulsify and build a cocktail foam.Add ice to the cocktail shaker and shake cocktail to chill.Pour into a chilled glass, garnish and serve.

*  Strawberry Rhubarb Syrup
Ingredients1 stalk rhubarb,chopped6 strawberries, sliced1 cup water1 cup sugar1 teaspoon orange zest
DirectionsWash and cut rhubarb and strawberries.Place the ingredients in a large saucepan.Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a low simmer.Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool.Strain through a fine-mesh strainer, bottle, store in refrigerator.
National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day is June 9th.
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TheRAINBOWCOCKTAIL
INGREDIENTS1-1/2 Oz White Rum 1/2 Oz Blue Curacao 2-1/2 Oz Fresh Orange Juice1/2 Oz Grenadine
Garnish: Orange Wheel, Cocktail Cherry
DIRECTIONSFill a Collins glass with ice.Add the White Rum and Blue Curacao to an ice filled cocktail shaker and shake until chilled, set aside.Add the orange juice to your Collins glass.Gently pour the Grenadine down the inside of the glass where it will settle to the bottom.Place a bar spoon upside down against the inside of the glass, then gently pour the chilled white rum and Blue Curacao over the back of the spoon to layer it on top of the Grenadine and orange juice.Garnish and serve.
June is Pride Month, the original Gay Pride Day was originally celebrated on the last Saturday in June and National Coming Out Day is October 11th.

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I created this cocktail specifically to use my homemade Toasted Walnut Maple Bourbon. If I'm being honest, most of the time that homemade bourbon infusion gets poured over vanilla ice cream so this cocktail is sort of a drinkable version of that because I don't always have ice cream in the house.
I really wanted to call this the Drunken Mountie because the whole time I was drinking it the theme from the Dudley Do-Right cartoon from my childhood kept going through my head. Maybe it was the maple in the bourbon, I have no idea, but I restrained myself.

TheTOASTED WALNUTMAPLE BOURBONCOCKTAIL
INGREDIENTS1-1/2 Oz. Toasted Walnut Maple Bourbon1/2 Oz. Irish Cream Liqueur1/2 Oz. Heavy Cream2 Dashes Cardamom Bitters1 Dash Walnut Bitters
Garnish: 1 Toasted Walnut 
DIRECTIONSChill your glass in the freezer. Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.Shake until blended and chilled.Strain into the chilled glass.Garnish and serve.

More cocktails using my Toasted Walnut Maple Bourbon:Stranger Things Booze SlushyMommy's Boozed Up Sippy Cup
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Pineapple Upside Down Cake always reminds me of my mother because it was her favorite dessert. For some reason she always made it for Easter instead of the obligatory white coconut cake everyone else seemed to serve up is their traditional Easter dessert. Since I don't care for coconut cakes, I never had a problem with this.
Many, many years ago I made my first cocktail version of this with a simple combination of vanilla vodka and fresh pineapple juice. This year I decided to update the recipe a bit.

ThePINEAPPLEUPSIDE DOWN CAKEMARTINI
INGREDIENTS1 Bar Spoon of Maraschino Cherry Juice1-1/2 Oz Pinnacle Cake Vodka2 Oz Fresh Pineapple Juice2 Dashes Cherry Bitters
Garnish: Pineapple Slice, Homemade Maraschino Cherry.
DIRECTIONSAdd ingredients to an ice field cocktail shaker and shake until chilled.Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish and serve.

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I love the Anheuser-Busch Budweiser Clydesdale horses and  commercials and I know many of you do as well. What you may not know is the very first appearance of the Clydesdales came about as a result of the end of Prohibition of beer and the Cullen-Harrison Act which took effect on April 7, 1933, now known and celebrated as National Beer Day. (The repeal of the Volstead Act, banning sale and use of all alcoholic beverages, would follow in December of that same year.)

On that day in April of 1933, August A. Busch, Jr. and Adolphus Busch III surprised their father, August A. Busch, Sr., with the gift of a six-horse Clydesdale hitch (later increased to the present eight horse hitch) to commemorate the repeal of Prohibition of beer.

Busch Sr. then arranged to have a second six-horse Clydesdale hitch sent to New York on April 7 to mark the event. The Clydesdales drew a crowd of thousands on their way to the Empire State Building. After a small ceremony, a case of Budweiser was presented to former Governor Alfred E. Smith in appreciation of his years of service in the fight against Prohibition.This original team then continued a tour across New England and the mid-Atlantic, ending in a final stop in Washington DC with a reenactment of the delivery of the first post-Prohibition case of beer to President Franklin Roosevelt.

This 2012 Super Bowl ad is a tribute to the end of Prohibition and that first appearance of the beloved Clydesdale Horses. (They took a little liberty with the addition of the Dalmatian, these canine mascots were not added to official teams until March of 1950.)

Now, grab some Bud and make one of theseBEER COCKTAILSCheers!
New Beers Eve is April 6th, National Beer Day is April 7th, National Beer Lovers Day is September 7th, National Drink Beer Day is September 28th, American Beer Day is October 27th and International Beer Day is the first Friday in August.
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 I live in Tucson. Prickly Pears grow all over my property. You had to expect these, right?
And you know there will be more.

PRICKLY PEARCOCKTAILS
LOADED CACTUS (PRICKLY PEAR) SLIDERITAS
PRICKLY PEAR CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL
PRICKLY PEAR DAIQUIRI
PRICKLY PEAR MARTINI
PRICKLY PEAR OLD FASHIONED

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Nothing evokes spring more than the first flowers peeking through at the end of winter. Flowers are the essence of spring, and they can be an intriguing part of your spring cocktails as well.
There are several options for imbuing cocktails with floral elements using floral liqueurs, essences, extracts, cocktail bitters and syrups to employing actual edible flowers as a garnish. Used judiciously, even a drop of floral bitters, rose water, flower essence or just a teaspoon of floral honey syrup can add a floral touch of spring to your cocktails. To achieve a floral note, one or more of these methods has been applied in each of the cocktail recipes below.

FLOWER INFUSED(FLORAL)COCKTAILS 
ALIEN INVASION COCKTAILANGOSTURA & OLD LACEAPRICOT LAVENDER BOURBON SOURThe AVIATIONThe BARBIE MIMOSABEE'S KNEESBLUSHING ROSEBUTTERFLY PEA FLOWER - ELDERFLOWER G&TCHOCOLATE & ROSES MARTINIThe COCKTAIL PURPLEMY DARLING CLEMENTINIThe ELDER FASHIONEDELDERFLOWER SALTY DOGENCHANTED FAERIEGRANDMA'S "TEA"HIBISCUS HEART FIZZLADY ROSE COCKTAILLAVENDER KIWI DAIQUIRILUCKY CHARMMOROCCAN ROSENEVERLAND COOLERPARTRIDGE IN A PEAR MARTINIPURGATORY PUNCHThe SAGZERACSPARKLING HIBISCUS MARTINISTORMBORN COCKTAILWILD HIBISCUS G&TWILD HIBISCUS MARTINI
You might also want to check out myHERB COCKTAILS.
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It might be hard to believe, but the iconic Barbie doll turns 60 today. I grew up playing with Barbie Dolls, in fact, I had the whole 50s/60s pack; Ken, Midge, Toni, a slew of outfits, accessories and the peach and turquoise sports car. But that doll of my youth, the original Barbie, has changed with the times over the last six decades so I think it's time her cocktail did as well.
 The plethora of existing Barbie cocktails consist mostly of a pink drink of juices with a little vodka and or coconut rum mixed in. I think a 60 year old Barbie should be a little more sophisticated in her choice of cocktail. That's why I tossed out the jungle juice mixtures and am introducing today's senior citizen Barbie to a drink more suited to her maturity, an effervescent combination of a Mimosa and a Negroni.
Cheers and Happy Birthday, Barbie!

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BARBIEMIMOSA
INGREDIENTS1 Oz. Gordon's Pink Gin3/4 Oz. Cocchi Rosa1/2 Oz. Fresh Pink Grapefruit Juice2 Oz. Chilled Pink Champagne1 Drop Rose Water
Garnish: Edible Candied Rose Petals
DIRECTIONSFill mixing glass with iceAdd all the ingredients except the champagne.Stir until well chilled.Strain into a chilled champagne flute.Top off with the Champagne.Garnish and enjoy.

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Thanks to a close friend of mine from Sonoma, I finally got my hands on a bottle of Sonoma Distilling Company's Cherrywood Rye. My friend needed a weekend away from tribulations of a divorce so I invited her out to enjoy the beautiful spring wildflowers of the desert and chill out from all the legal proceedings. She came in towing her luggage and a gift box full of some of my favorite Sonoma county goodies and tucked right in there was a bottle of that lovely wine country rye. I have been wanting to get my hands on a bottle for ages but my zip code never brought up a local source on their website so thank the Booze Gods for best friends.
After she settled in I poured us both a glass over ice to savor the rye as she vented over her departing mate. Taking a cue from that, I immediately decided a chocolate Manhattan was next, mixed two up then handed hers to her saying, "You don't need a man, you need a Manhattan!"
It was the perfect, smokey, chocolate liquid elixir for a woman in the throes of a divorce and worked out beautifully for today's International Women's Day cocktail. I just wish she'd brought two bottles.

You Don't Need A Man,You Need A MANHATTAN!A Chocolate & Rye Whiskey Manhattan Cocktail
INGREDIENTS2 Oz Sonoma County Cherrywood Rye Whiskey1 Oz Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur1/2 Oz Cinzano Rosso Sweet Vermouth2 Dashes Bitter Truth Chocolate Bitters1 Dash Angostura Orange Bitters
Garnish: Brandied Cherry, Orange Twist
DIRECTIONSChill your glasses.Fill a cocktail pitcher with ice. Add the ingredients and stir until chilled.Strain into the chilled glass.Garnish and serve.
Cheers to you, my dear friend, come back soon and bring me that second bottle. (And some Gravenstein cider!)

International Women's Day is March 8th. 
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Arnaud's Special was the house cocktail of the famous Arnaud's Restaurant of New Orleans in the 1940's and 1950's. It's a Southern take on a Rob Roy where the sweet vermouth and Angostura Bitters are replaced with the Dubonnet and orange bitters. 
If you're looking for a dry cocktail give this a try. It's a great cocktail to sip before dinner. Just make sure you use the new Dubonnet released in the States last year, it's more like the original 1846 formula and the Dubonnet that Europe has always had access to.  Even though Arnaud's most likely used the first American version, this new Dubonnet is much more complex and makes this cocktail way more interesting. (FYI, during the 1940s, when Hitler had control of France, the United States could not import Dubonnet so a different version was created in the U.S. It was, however, milder and less bitter as a result of the reduction of the quinine.)

ARNAUD'S SPECIAL
INGREDIENTS2 Oz. Johnnie Walker Red Scotch1 Oz. Dubonnet Rouge3 Dashes of Orange Bitters
Garnish: Orange Twist
DIRECTIONSStir in a mixing glass with ice until chilled then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Express the orange twist over the top then drop into the cocktail.

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