Cinnamon & Rosemary Old Fashioned

'Tis the season, you guys! For what, you ask? Oh. Well. 'Tis the season for family and friend time, giving gifts, receiving gifts, cookies, scarves, having too many commitments, feeling happy, feeling stressed AF, wearing sparkly clothes, drinking festive drinks, de-icing your car. Is that enough? Cool. 

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I'd like to circle back to the "festive drinks" mention, because methinks you're about to see a few more of those this season from us. A little bird (named Alexi) told me that Alexi has several fancy drinks up her sleeve that she plans to share, and I tried my hand at it this weekend. This old fashioned starts with making a rosemary and cinnamon infused simple syrup. It uses honey instead of sugar which is great, and smells heavenly while it simmers.

Ingredients (yields 1 cocktail)

For the simple syrup:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 5 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 3 cinnamon sticks

For the old fashioned:

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 3 dashes aromatic bitters
  • 4 teaspoons of above simple syrup
  • 1 big ass ice cube
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  1. Make the simple syrup! Over medium heat, combine the honey, water, rosemary sprigs and cinnamon sticks. Simmer until the honey is completely dissolved. Let it sit until cooled. Remove the rosemary and cinnamon and transfer to an airtight container. You can keep it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  2. When you're ready for the fun to begin, add 4 teaspoons of the infused syrup and 3 dashes of bitters to a smaller glass than I used so it doesn't look half consumed from the beginning. Swirl them around, then add the bourbon and ice, and stir. Add a rosemary sprig for classiness. Cheers!

Sipping Stuff

Tangerine Manhattan

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Well, what can I really say except that Manhattans are really good and combined with fresh tangerine juice, they're even gooder. Lol, I thought "gooder" would be funny but I think it's actually bothering me. Whatever, I'm leaving it in and you can form your own opinion. ANYWAY.  I really can't take credit for this drink. My husband made it one time years ago and continues to make it when tangerines are in season (shout-out to my husband, Jake). Just to put this out there, we recently got married (brag much?) and I haven't had many instances to refer to Jake as "my husband" so, it's weird. Right? Does it ever not get weird? What is a husband, really?


Ingredients (for 1 drink)


1.5 oz whiskey (your favorite kind)

3/4 oz sweet vermouth

juice from 1/2 a tangerine

1 - 2 dashes bitters (angostura) 

maraschino cherries


Place ice in cocktail shaker. Add whiskey, sweet vermouth, tangerine juice, bitters. Shake, shake, shake. Strain into glass of your choosing (I'm not going to tell you what glass to use). Add 1 to 2 cherries. Drink up!

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Sipping Stuff

Very Good Bloody Mary

Wow, I'm feeling so much pressure right now, sitting down to write my first post on our sparkly new place on the internet! It only makes sense to kick it off by rambling about Ron Swanson. He's arguably one of the most lovable characters on Parks and Recreation. He simultaneously pulls off a facade of not giving a single flip, while also occasionally showing a sweet, snuggly side that makes you want to risk your life to give him a big ol' bear hug. This has nothing to do with bloody mary's.

But, like, a lot to do with the title of this Very Good Bloody Mary recipe. At the end of Parks and Rec (spoiler alert?), Ron starts his own business called Very Good Building Company and it's just that - a very good building company. This is a somewhat frilly (but only in the form of adding fresh squeezed citrus, spicy dijon mustard, and seasonings, not difficulty level), very good, Bloody Mary. Shall we?


64 oz tomato juice

12ish oz (8 shots) or more/less of vodka, depending on how crazy you want your day to be.

3 tbsp spicy dijon mustard

3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp sriracha

2.5 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice 

1.5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice

2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp celery salt

For the rim: Old Bay Seasoning

For the garnish: lime wedge, pickled asparagus, jalapenos, stuffed olives, celery, sharp cheddar, half a burger, FOLLOW YOUR HEART


Mix ingredients in a large pitcher with a long stirring device. Coat the rim of your glasses generously with Old Bay, pour magic Mary mixture into said glasses, and garnish until your heart is content. Cheers!