The Weekend Cocktail: The Classic Manhattan

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY The Manhattan is a truly All- American Drink. Commonly used whiskeys include rye (the traditional choice), Canadian, bourbon and Tennessee. I hear that Makers Mark is a really good choice. Popular history suggests that the drink … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: It’s Sweet Martini Time!

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY The kids are back at school and busy with their social lives so we have a few moments to be, well, grown-ups. I mostly sip on a glass of wine, but for an alternative, here are a couple simple, fun and elegant cocktails. If you … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: Patron Lemonade

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY With this hot weather, what better than a celebratory lemonade? PATRON LEMONADE 8 oz. Patron (or sub any of your favorite Tequila) 6 fresh lemons 6 tablespoons sugar lots of ice 20 oz. soda water Slice 2 lemons into wedges … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: The Lavender Strap

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY I recently catered the opening party for Jenette’s Bras,  an amazing new store over the hill on Melrose. A team of mixologists created a signature cocktail — The Lavender Strap — to play on the store's name, of … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: The Floridita

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY When researching the Floridita, I found that many establishments create their own version of this classic drink. This one, from Bar American in New York City, is quite refreshing with their sweet, succulent flavors. Mostly I do not … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: The Ultimate Pina Colada

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY The official drink of Puerto Rico is the sweet dark rum based coconut milk and pineapple Pina Colada.  Introduced in 1954 at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber, the hotel management had  requested the bartender to mix a new … [Read more...]

Weekend Cocktail: Mai Tai Madness

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY Any old school or Polynesian themed restaurant you visit will probably have bragging rights to a mai tai. Vic Bergeron is said to have invented the potent fruity cocktail more than 70 years and it has also been said to originate … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: Summer Watermelon Cocktail

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY I have such playful childhood summer memories involving watermelon. My dad cooling down in the Russian River, while  all of my siblings and I would secretly shoot seeds at one another with the red juice pouring down our faces! Now … [Read more...]

The Weekend Cocktail: A Cuban Mojito kick

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY The citrus mint flavor of the Cuban classic cocktail, the Mojito, originates from La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana. Lore has it that Ernest Hemingway spent many hours sipping this sweet and slightly sour summer drink. Take the … [Read more...]