I believe you have an inner “Cocktail Barista” who’s ready to WOW your party guests with tasty, awe-inspiring drinks.

Drinks

Guaranteed to find pure gold and exhilarate your senses: the Bourbon Gold Rush!
Guaranteed to find pure gold and exhilarate your senses: the Bourbon Gold Rush!

Having a party and don’t know what to serve? Or just looking for something marvelous to make for ‘Happy Hour’ with friends. Here you can find the best quick and easy drinks, seasonal favorites, holiday classics, and many of my favorite cocktail recipes from near and far.

College Football Jello Shots

Team colors for NCAA College Football Jello Shots
Team colors for NCAA College Football Jello Shots

Are you ready for the start of the NCAA College Football season? I am! How would you like to be the hit of the next tailgate party? These Jello Shots are what every TRUE fan needs to try! Make them in team colors and choose from 9 different flavors! You’ll ROCK!

Jello Shots

Jello Shots, Anyone? Try the slightly sweet, rich, and creamy flavor of Espresso and Cream
Jello Shots, Anyone? Try the slightly sweet, rich, and creamy flavor of Espresso and Cream

Are you looking for that perfect Jello Shot recipe? Do you need a specific color, like black for Halloween or red for Christmas, or are you having a themed party and need a unique flavor? You will find Jello Shot recipes in different flavors and colors to match any occasion.

Do you find making cocktails intimidating? 

Have your previous forays into cocktail-making ended in disaster? 

Do you long to wow your guests with your bartending skills but can’t figure out why your drinks taste all wrong? 

If so, you’re in the right place… I can help.

Discover 9 Fabulous Cocktails for a Mother’s Day Celebration

Summertime Cocktails for your next cookout!
Summertime Cocktails Perfect for Mother’s Day

Celebrating Mother’s Day with cocktails adds an enjoyable twist to the occasion, enhancing the festive atmosphere and honoring the women who play significant roles in our lives.

Love arrives with the astonishing Mango Margarita - Crave the sweetness, but beware of the bite
The astonishing Mango Margarita
Endless Summer, Cooper Island, BVI
Endless Summer, Cooper Island, BVI

Whether it’s a refreshing Passion Fruit Mimosa brunch to start the day, a sophisticated Coconut Mojito for an afternoon toast, or a decadent Strawberry Martini as a sweet treat after dinner, cocktails offer a delightful way to raise a glass to mothers everywhere.

Creating and sharing these special drinks symbolize gratitude and provide an opportunity for cherished moments of connection and celebration with the mothers, grandmothers, and mother figures who enrich our lives with their love and guidance.

La Vie en Rouge - Crafting the Perfect Grand Mariner Cocktail
La Vie en Rouge – Crafting the Perfect Grand Mariner Cocktail
Discover the Apricot Blush Cocktail - This will be your new FAVORITE Frozen Slush
Discover the Apricot Blush Cocktail – This will be your new FAVORITE Frozen Slush
Bluegrass Stiletto
The Perfect Bluegrass Stiletto. A Twist on the Forgotten Bourbon Cocktail

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Planning a Party or a Girl’s Night and don’t know what drinks to serve?

Drinks by Liquor

Want something pretty in pink? The pink glitter Gin Martini – I Glitterally Can’t
Want something pretty in pink? The pink glitter Gin Martini – I Glitterally Can’t

Drinks by Liqueur

Peter Island Oceans 7 Bushwacker
The Bushwacker – A specialty drink from Peter Island, BVI

Drinks by Color

Can you feel it? Passionate panic, frightful fruit, hypnotizing Hpnotic - the Blu Martini
Can you feel it? Passionate panic, frightful fruit, hypnotizing Hpnotic – the Blue Martini

Imagine… 

Wowing your friends when you hand them that perfect-looking martini. 

Seeing them take their first sip with wide smiles and declarations of “this is delicious!” 

Feeling that sense of pride and accomplishment at mixing delectable drinks!

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Indulge in the ultimate party treat with decadent Peanut Butter Cup Jello Shots. These enticing Jello Shots blend the rich flavors of creamy peanut butter and smooth chocolate in every delightful bite. Made with Skrewball Whiskey, they will surely be the highlight of your gathering, offering a playful twist on a beloved classic candy bar.

Peanut Butter Cup Jello Shots - The perfect girl's weekend party starter!
Peanut Butter Cup Jello Shots – The perfect girl’s weekend party starter!

My favorite cooler is an excellent investment because it is versatile enough for barbecues, poolside gatherings, and indoor holiday parties.

With its generous capacity, this cooler can accommodate enough ice, beer, wine, soft drinks, or bottled water to serve gatherings of all sizes. This means no more frequent refills, ensuring uninterrupted enjoyment for your guests. The interior of the cooler can be divided into three compartments if necessary. I use one compartment just for ice, as I need a large amount of ice when mixing Martinis for the crowd.

The top folds in half, exposing 1/2 of the cooler. There is a bottle opener and tin to catch bottle tops, so guests can self-serve beer.

The cooler’s large wheels make it easy to move from outdoor events like barbecues by the pool to indoor events like Christmas parties. It seamlessly transitions from outdoor to indoor settings while keeping beverages cool and enhancing the overall hosting experience, making you the BEST cocktail Barista.

Fantastic Large Cooler
Fantastic Large Cooler – Bottle opener and bottle cap tin
Fantastic Large Cooler
Interior can be divided into three sections
Fantastic Large Cooler
Interior can be divided into three sections
Fantastic Large Cooler
Fantastic Large Cooler – easy drain cap

I love mine. It’s like having a mobile fridge, ensuring my drinks are always chilled, and ice is readily available. The insulation maintains the ideal temperature for drinks and ice, ensuring they remain cold throughout the festivities. My leftover ice and beer were still as cold the morning after as the evening of the party.

A large cooler adaptable for various occasions promises convenience, practicality, and elevated hospitality, making it an indispensable addition to any social gathering. A couple of my friends bought this cooler for their son-in-law for Christmas. They all loved it. This cooler was one of the best party investments I’ve made.

3 more AMAZING Jello Shot Recipes – Your Family & Friends will LOVE them!

Absolutely the best tasting tea around! Firefly Sweet Tea Jello Shots!
Absolutely the best tasting tea around! Firefly Sweet Tea Jello Shots!
You’ll go nuts for the creamy, sweet, tropical island flavor of these Coconut Jello shots
You’ll go nuts for the creamy, sweet, tropical island flavor of these Coconut Jello shots
Love Espresso Martinis? Then you will love these Espresso Martini Jello Shots!
Love Espresso Martinis? Then you will love these Espresso Martini Jello Shots!

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Best gifts for the Hostess or Host
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A Delightful Twist on Classic Cocktails: The Pear Martini with Ginger Liqueur
A Delightful Twist on Classic Cocktails: The Pear Martini with Ginger Liqueur
You need to taste this mind blowing sweet and sour Jolly Rancher cocktail!
You need to taste this mind blowing sweet and sour Jolly Rancher cocktail!
Fabulous Coconut Espresso Martini – You’ll Wish You Tried this Sooner!
Ultimate Coconut Espresso Martini – You’ll Wish You Tried this Sooner!
How to make the finest Bourbon Blackberry Mead Cocktail
How to make the finest Bourbon Blackberry Mead Cocktail
Love arrives with the astonishing Mango Margarita - Crave the sweetness, but beware of the bite
Love arrives with the astonishing Mango Margarita – Crave the sweetness, but beware of the bite
Pineapple Upside Down Champagne – Happiness in a glass!
Pineapple Upside Down Champagne – Happiness in a glass!

As a former-Northeasterner-turned Southerner, I wanted to create a fabulous appetizer for a party but hadn’t a clue what might be a party-pleaser. Enter: Pimento cheese! Everyone loves it, but I never tried this creamy and slightly spicy delicacy till I moved South–and then I became a believer!

3 Reasons This is the Best Pimento Cheese Appetizer You’ll EVER Make
3 Reasons This is the Best Pimento Cheese Appetizer You’ll EVER Make

Headed to Charleston?

Entering my favorite Charleston restaurant feels like coming home to a cozy haven where I can leave the hectic day behind me and be replaced by the promise of a delightful evening ahead. The soft lighting casts a friendly glow, setting the stage for an energetic experience.

As I sink into the cushioned bar seat at Halls Chophouse, surrounded by the hum of lively conversation, I can’t help but feel a sense of contentment wash over me. The menu, a treasure trove of familiar favorites, beckons with its promise of culinary delights.

Dirty Martini Halls Chophouse
Dirty Martini Halls Chophouse
Justin Halls Chophouse
Justin Halls Chophouse
French 76
French 76 Halls Chophouse

But before diving into the fantastic meal, there’s the cocktail selection ritual. Each sip is a moment of pure pleasure, whether a classic favorite or a daring concoction. With a drink in hand, the evening takes on a festive spirit with casual conversation and laughter. Justin, my Bartender, adds to the warmth of the atmosphere, ensuring that every moment is infused with hospitality and charm.

A Good Time Had by All - Seafood Tower Halls Chophouse
A Good Time Had by All – Seafood Tower Halls Chophouse
Oysters on the Half Shell - Halls Chophouse Charleston
Oysters on the Half Shell – Halls Chophouse Charleston

As the night draws to a close, the lingering taste of cocktails and the satisfaction of a delectable meal leave me with a sense of contentment, already looking forward to the next visit to this cherished retreat.

Proof Charleston

The Bourbon Gold Rush: A Blissful Bourbon Cocktail Guaranteed to Find Pure Gold
The Bourbon Gold Rush: A Blissful Bourbon Cocktail Guaranteed to Find Pure Gold

Across the street from Halls is Proof, an intimate craft cocktail bar. Try the Bourbon Gold Rush; it’s fabulous. You won’t be disappointed.

BB from Proof, Charleston
BB from Proof, mixing a Gold Rush – YouTube
Marion Square Fountain
Marion Square Fountain

If walking down King Street towards Calhoun, check out the Marion Square Fountain.

Carmella’s Cafe and Dessert Bar Charleston

Jason, Carmella's Cafe and Dessert Bar, Charleston
Jason, Carmella’s Cafe and Dessert Bar, Charleston

Carmella's Cafe and Dessert Bar, Charleston
Carmella’s Cafe and Dessert Bar, Charleston

Have a sweet tooth? I do. Then you’ll love Carmella’s Cafe and Dessert Bar. Need help? Just ask Jason.

With locations on Main Street in Greenville and in the heart of downtown Charleston, Carmella’s Cafe and Dessert Bar combines generationally tested, gourmet recipes with a regional flair. We have a vast array of continually changing desserts, gelato, and sorbet, as well as fresh, organic coffees, sandwiches, pizza, wine, beer, and cocktails.

About | Carmella’s Cafe & Dessert Bar (carmellasdessertbar.com)

Felix Cocktails Charleston

Lane from Felix
Lane from Felix

Trying a ‘Last Word’ has been on my bucket list of cocktails since my friend recommended one. I’ve also been fascinated with the purple-colored Empress Gin—not because I’m a gin drinker but because purple is my favorite color, and purple-colored cocktails look like a party in a glass.

Last Word, Felix
Last Word, Felix

So when I stopped at Felix the last time I was in Charleston, I asked Lane to make me a Last Word, but I wanted her to use Empress Gin. Felix supports local businesses, so they had Nippitaty Aurora Gin instead of Empress.

Felix Specialty Cocktail Menu
Felix Specialty Cocktail Menu

Empress and Aurora Gins have a hint of floral, with Aurora getting the purple color from butterfly pea flowers. Floral flavored Gin is not typically used to make a Last Word, but I was pleasantly surprised with the flavor of this concoction.

Thank you Lane!


8 Exotic, Amazing and Effortless drinks from the British Virgin Islands

Travel and photography have always been my passion. Now I can share my travel stories and photographs with you, along with the best exotic cocktail recipes the BVIs offer. Click here to check out the videos of local Bartenders mixing some of the best exotic tropical drinks the BVIs have to offer. Enjoy!

Drinks from the Cooper Island Beach Club, BVI
Drinks from the Cooper Island Beach Club, BVI

5 Easy, Amazing and Unique Drinks from Nashville, TN

My friends and I recently traveled to Nashville for a 50th Birthday celebration. While in Nashville, I found 5 great-tasting, easy drink recipes that I know you’ll love to try. Check out the local bartenders sharing their recipes for these 5 easy drinks.

You can also read about our trip and check out the pictures of the most fun people in Nashville! Click here for the recipes and story.


Planning a trip to Cleveland, check out The Vault, and order the best tasting Chocolate Martini ever! Brooklyn shows you how to make this delicious cocktail!

Brooklyn from the Vault
Brooklyn from the Vault making a Chocolate Martini! Thank you Brooklyn!!!!

While traveling in Ireland I learned how to make 5 Traditional Irish Drinks to serve on St Patrick’s Day

On a trip to Ireland, I learned how to make 5 Traditional Irish Drinks. I serve them on St Patrick’s Day and any day that I want to feel the luck of the Irish. If you want to read about the trip, check out the story here.

Galway Ireland
Galway Ireland

Are you ready for NCAA College Football season! Now’s the time to get a head start and prepare for the new season so that you can support your favorite football team like a pro. Check out these recipes for NCAA College Football Jello Shots. There are 9 different flavors of Jello Shots to choose from, and all you have to do is use your Team colors as the food coloring in the recipe.

Team colors for NCAA College Football Jello Shots
Team colors for NCAA College Football Jello Shots

Who’s your favorite Team? Check out the NCAA College Football Jello Shots. If your Team isn’t listed, leave me a comment, and I’ll create a Jello Shot recipe just for you.

The Jello Shots that every TRUE Michigan Wolverines fan needs to try!
The Jello Shots every TRUE Michigan Wolverines fan needs to try!
Jello Shots every TRUE Washington Huskies Fan needs to try!
Jello Shots every TRUE Washington Huskies Fan needs to try!
Jello Shots every TRUE Texas Longhorns Fan needs to try!
Jello Shots every TRUE Texas Longhorns Fan needs to try!
Jello Shots that every TRUE Georgia Bulldogs fan needs to try!
Jello Shots that every TRUE Georgia Bulldogs fan needs to try!
Jello Shots that every TRUE Alabama Crimson Tide fan needs to try!
Jello Shots every TRUE Alabama Crimson Tide fan needs to try!
Jello Shots every TRUE Oregon Ducks fan needs to try!
Jello Shots every TRUE Oregon Ducks fan needs to try!

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Feeling a little Halloween fright? Stir up a cauldron of Pumpkin Pie Martini delight!
Feeling a little Halloween fright? Stir up a cauldron of Pumpkin Pie Martini delight!
Don't be a witch this Halloween night. Cast a spell of Pumpkin RumChata Jello Shots delight!
Don’t be a witch this Halloween night. Cast a spell of Pumpkin RumChata Jello Shots delight!

Santa's little helper. This quick, easy, and incredible Cranberry Mule!
Santa’s little helper. This quick, easy, and incredible Cranberry Mule!