• Drinks
  • Peach Bellini Sangria

    “I have drunken deep of joy, And I will taste no other wine to-night.” —Percy Bysshe Shelley I recall having sangria with every nearly meal in Spain the winter I was fifteen. I marveled at how someone my age didn’t have to steal sips of other’s drinks when attentions were diverted. I was given a […]

  • Appetizers
  • Birthday Margaritas, Tostones, & Tortilla

    There was a time when birthdays caused me great distress. Spending my childhood steeped in worry—about anything and everything—it’s no surprise my innate penchant for anxiety permeated most aspects of my life. Especially when it came to the oppressing passage of time. It felt like cold hands around my throat tightening with vice-like quality with […]

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  • Hibiscus Berry & Mint Iced Tea Cocktails

    It’s Friday friends and it’s warm and overcast here in Cincinnati. Which I actually prefer–give me a summer rainstorm and I’d be in heaven. No matter where you are or how hot or cold it is, fear not, I’ve got us all covered! Is there a better way to cool off on a hot (currently humid) summer […]

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  • Basil Nectarine Whiskey Smash(ed)

    This drink is not kidding. It’s bold. It’s strong. It was needed at the end of this week. It was also simple—if you have some good quality whiskey, you’re almost there. Traditionally a whiskey smash is mint, lemon, and sugar muddled to death—followed by whiskey and ice. As usual I went a different route with […]

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  • Loquat Mule

    The loquat, an intriguing specimen of a fruit. Small, fuzzy, full of glossy dark seeds. They take a bit of work to consume. Rinse very well, remove the skin (if you want to), remove the seeds, and the reward is sweet. To me it’s a delightful fusion of a peach and some citrusy notes. Very […]

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  • Peach & Basil, Vanilla Vodka Mojitos

    As the heat from The Valley begins to rise and intrude upon my senses, I find myself craving languid afternoons punctuated by boozy beverages. The heat inspires indolence and indulgence. I move towards that which is effortless, in attempts to stay cool and conserve energy. The heat is my nemesis. Though, I’ll allow that as […]

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  • Cucumber Fresca Cocktail

    Cucumbers have quickly become one of my favorite things to juice. Crisp and refreshing, cucumber juice is nice chilled on its own, mixed into homemade lemonade, or—my personal favorite—as the star ingredient of a cocktail. I made a very simple cocktail to pair with my Chipotle BBQ Tacos this week. Cucumber juice, jalapeño and mint […]