A Really Good Mojito

Tony is King of Mojitos . . . but he’s still keeping his recipe top secret. So, when I’m not able to enjoy sun and Tony’s mojitos on their Sonoma courtyard, I use this recipe. INGREDIENTS: 10 to 12 fresh mint leaves Juice of 1 lime 1 1/2 ounces simple syrup, or 2 to 3 […]

Lemon Drop Cocktail

2 servings 2 lemon wedges sugar ice cubes 1/2 c. lemon-flavored vodka 1/2 c. Cointreau or other orange liqueur 1/4 c. fresh lemon juice 2 T. lemon-lime soda 1 T. sweet and sour mix Put lemon wedge onto rim of 1 martini glass; rotate glass to rim with lemon juice. Repeat with second lemon wedge […]

White Wine Spritzer

Fill a LARGE goblet or snifter with ice, all the way to the top. Take 3 generous lemon twists, twist them up really well, then run them around the rim and inside top of the glass and slip them in among the ice cubes. Pour in enough white wine to come halfway up the ice, […]

Strawberry Mojito

(Shake this drink before adding the carbonated soda water, to avoid making a mess.) 2 tablespoons simple syrup 6 strawberries, hulled 10 mint leaves Soda water Juice of 1 lime 2 jiggers (3 ounces or 6 tablespoons) rum Lime sugar (see note) Strawberries and mint, for garnish Combine simple syrup, strawberries, mint leaves in a […]

Strawberry Sangria

1 bottle (750 ml) fruity red wine 1 pound fresh strawberries (about 2 pints), hulled and sliced 1 cup fresh apple juice 1/3 cup Triple Sec liqueur 1/4 cup sugar (more or less depending upon the ripeness of the berries) 2 whole cloves 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches) Combine all the ingredients in a large […]

Strawberry Prosecco Lemonade

2 fresh, ripe strawberries 1 large spring fresh basil or mint ¾ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice ¼ oz. simple syrup ¾ oz. Bonny Doon Framboise 3 oz. Prosecco, chilled Splash of sparkling water In a 10 oz. highball glass, muddle the strawberries, basil, lemon juice and simple syrup. Fill the glass three-quarters full with […]

Razzy-Tini

Ingredients 10 to 14 fresh raspberries 1-ounce freshly squeezed lime juice 3 ounces ice cold water 1/2-ounce simple syrup (see note), or to taste 2 ounces orange flavored vodka 1/2-ounce Triple Sec Lime slice, for garnish Directions Chill a martini glass. Place the raspberries, lime juice, water and simple syrup in a blender and pulse […]