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Thirsty Thursday has arrived late. How about July Fourth drinks? Sparklers?

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Now, I’ve seen a lot of (literally) red, white and blue cocktails made with blue Curacao and heavy cream and I just don’t roll that way.  Not to mention the average reader does not want to spend the weekend trying to make those difficult layered cocktails.  So, I am going old school – something red, sparkly and refreshing to have at the beach, on your deck, in your yard, on your fire escape or at your weekend parties.

Red Sparkler 

1 1/2 oz. Campari  – if you’ve never had this Italian herbal liqueur, it’s a bit tart and bitter, but you’ll love it!

1 oz. Prosecco (or Cava or very dry Champagne)

1 oz. pomegranate juice (or pom/berry blend)

Put Campari and juice in a cocktail shaker filled with clean, blocky ice.  Shake for a minute until shaker is frosty.  Pour into a Champage flute or coupe.  Top with sparkling wine of choice.  Garnish with something silly, like a tiny American flag, or chic, like a lemon twist.  Try not to wear your favorite white Generra jeans whilst sipping.  Now, go enjoy the fireworks.  Foodie Friday is coming up!

Photo Credit: Drink of the Week

Thirsty Thursday – The “Snowball”

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Ramos gin fizz cocktail at the Sazerac bar, Ro...

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I am not a huge fan of calorie-laden, creamy drinks in the winter.  Nothing is worse than a hangover plus a few extra pounds (because, as you all know, you MUST stick with the same drink all night – switching just makes matters worse).  Also, those hangover remedies every news site and blog had?  Bosh.  Drink less, drink water in between alcoholic drinks and the two surefire cures for a hangover are….drumroll….pickle juice and bacon.  Something to do with the sodium and nitrates.  Seriously!  Don’t take that Advil – it will rip up your liver.

I digress.  The Snowball is classic, fun, flirty, but manly enough for a boy.  Enjoy!

The Snow Ball cocktail is a brandy cocktail that is similar to the popular Gin Fizz, hold the gin. This mix is great as both a winter drink, because of the comforting quality of the brandy and the frothiness the egg adds, and as a summer drink due to its tall, refreshing profile. It is a classic cocktail and was likely to have first been published in 1899 in Applegreen’s Bar Book.


  • 2 oz brandy (or even Armagnac or Cognac would work)
  • 1 oz simple syrup (if you don’t feel like making simple syrup, Trader Joe’s has a great one bottled!)
  • 1 egg (very fresh, organic)
  • ginger ale (I use authentic, organic Whole Foods ginger ale, but Canada Dry is great, too)


  1. Pour the brandysimple syrup and egg into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously to ensure the egg is properly mixed.
  3. Strain into an ice-filled collins glass.
  4. Top with ginger ale.


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