Lush Life

To be a lush chef, does not mean to drink in excess - this can result in scary fires and bad dishes. A lush chef is one who enjoys gourmet cooking/baking, often with fresh ingredients and the smart use of one's home bar. If there happens to be half a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a sip of brandy left over...well, one cannot be wasteful. I give you permission to imbibe.

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Apr 12, 2012

Spring Cocktails

Spring may have started a few weeks ago, but it didn't feel like it until just recently.  We're getting those April showers mixed in with pleasant warm days.  It's now been over a year since I've been writing this blog, and I'd like to revisit some tasty cocktails that are perfect for the spring.

As we're catching the end of the season for blood oranges, this Blood Orange, Ginger Beer & Tequila Cocktail is incredibly refreshing and looks pretty too!  Make up a pitcher of these and serve poolside on those occasional hot days we get.

I first served this DeMille Cocktail at a Golden Globes party in the winter, but the ingredients are reminiscent of spring to me.  Mix gin or vodka with fresh squeezed lime juice, a few blackberries and a sprig of rosemary.  If I had a bottle of gin in a berry patch, you'd probably find me in a corner sipping on this...

One of my favorite libations, the Apricot Bourbon Fizz, is actually great to serve year-round, but I'm adding it to this list.  I tend to host more brunches in the spring and summer because I live by the beach, so folks want to start their mornings on the westside.  I plan on serving this at my next brunch.  After all, there are eggs and jam in it!  Shake up some bourbon, fresh squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup, apricot preserves and egg whites, and I guarantee your guests will be asking for more.

I first fell in love with The Kentucky Bubble Bath Cocktail at the Roosevelt's Library Bar in Hollywood.  Head mixologist Matthew Biancaniello shared this recipe, and it has bourbon, Cynar, lavender simple syrup, some lemon juice and a lavender sprig for garnish.  It's delish and smacks of spring.

The Kentucky Derby will be coming up in May, and if you happen to be throwing a party, then you must make a Mint Julep.  It would be sacrilege if you didn't.  Bonus points for wearing a big hat with flowers while you play bartender.

Having a garden party, or feeling particularly English?  This Kew Garden Cocktail will do the trick, and it's also insanely refreshing.  Muddle some mint leaves and cucumber slices, add white rum, fresh lime juice, simple syrup and St. Germain, then top with club soda.  You'll want to stroll through the gardens every afternoon...