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The Cocktail Diaries: Ramos Sloe Gin Fizz

The Cocktail Diaries: Sloe Gin Fizz | PDXfoodlove

I’m playing with sloe gin today. Unlike a many liqueurs, it’s not very sweet. It tastes a little more … piney, and outdoorsy.

Cooked up on May 11, 2015

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The Cocktail Diaries: Rhubarb Bourbon Smash

Rhubarb Bourbon Smash | PDXfoodlove

That’s right, The Cocktail Diaries is back after a long, unintentional hiatus (of a few weeks).

Cooked up on April 26, 2015

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The Cocktail Diaries: Boulevardier

Boulevardier Cocktail | PDXfoodlove

It has been a sparse couple of weeks on the ol’ blog. Some of the reasons are work-related, some are family-related. I keep pretty quiet about very personal things on the blog, so let’s just say there have been some steep emotional ups and downs in the past week and a half. Nothing to worry […]

Cooked up on October 12, 2014

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The Cocktail Diaries: The Negroni

Negroni Cocktail | PDXfoodlove

Woohoo! The Cocktail Diaries are back for real. And I have a renewed energy for them, because we just bought a bottle of Campari, which opens up a ton of new doors for cocktails. I had to start with one of my favorites, the negroni. It’s been SUCH a busy weekend. We are in the […]

Cooked up on September 28, 2014

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The Cocktail Diaries: Classic Margarita

The Cocktail Diaries: Classic Margarita | PDXfoodlove

This weekend was filled with a pretty good amount of tequila. We had our dear friends over for fajitas on a beautiful, cloud-free, 80-degree summer night. It was truly perfect. So I had to make one more tonight, and I also have to set the record straight about a few things: 1) A real margarita […]

Cooked up on August 24, 2014

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The Cocktail Diaries: Homemade Maraschino Cherries

Homemade Cocktail Cherries | PDXfoodlove

I have to admit, the hot weather had had me drinking a lot more beer than cocktails lately. But when I accidentally bought 8 lbs. of cherries when I thought I was buying 4 last week, I was looking for creative ways to use them in a way that would last a long time. And, […]

Cooked up on July 16, 2014

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The Cocktail Diaries: Lavender Bees Knees

Cocktail Diaries: The Bees Knees | PDXfoodlove

Happy Sunday eve, everyone. We are watching Game of Thrones and I feel an addiction coming on. Dave and I had a very busy and fun weekend. We had our first u-pick trip of the season. We went up to Sauvie Island and picked blueberries, strawberries and two kinds of raspberries. The strawberries have already […]

The Cocktail Diaries: Vieux Carré

It’s been a bit since my last cocktail post, so I’m going to get back into it with a personal favorite. The Vieux Carré is another piece of the craft cocktail spectrum that comes straight from New Orleans. And it contains a few of the hallmarks of NOLA cocktails, like cognac, Peychaud’s bitters and using […]

Cooked up on May 22, 2014

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Fresh Strawberry Syrup

Strawberry syrup for cocktails, pancakes, Italian sodas and more

I mean, it’s cooked, so technically it’s no longer fresh. But it’s made from fresh strawberries and not weird flavorings and colorings. You get the idea. So far we have put this in cocktails, on crepes, and in Italian sodas. The only reason we haven’t used it for more things is because I have been […]

Cooked up on May 12, 2013

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Herb Syrup – for cocktails and lemonade

Alright, well, I hate to admit it, but today was a gloriously brisk fall day. Bah, humbug. 🙂 I am not ready to say goodbye to summer just yet. We have so little of it here in Portland! As I was walking outside in the chilly morning, putting off my run (which I did eventually […]