shake it up baby…
reach for that cocktail shaker!

Shake it up baby! James Bond had it right, he always asked for his martinis “shaken, not stirred.” After decades in the dark, the shaken cocktail is back in business, and it’s gotten a sustainable makeover as well. Today’s cocktails are often carefully-crafted masterpieces, designed by expert mixologists. Continue reading

stocking the home bar…
a classic comes back

home bar

Once a staple of the American household, the home bar has made a comeback, thanks in no small part to the influence of shows like Mad Men. Whether you create a dedicated bar space in your basement or family room, light the tiki torches on an outdoor bar, or just have a small bar cart in the corner, there are a few basics that you need, after that, it’s all about personal preference and style. Continue reading

don’t drink (fake) green beer…
saint paddy’s day libations

Green Cocktails

OK, if you want to drink organic beer, especially if it’s locally produced, by all means, enjoy a green beer. But let’s skip the food-coloring-enhanced “green” beers that dominate our favorite bars on the 17th of each March. Then again, why stick with beer? There are plenty of festive options, and with organic liquors, juices and mixers, they can be a whole lot greener than those green beers you’ve quaffed in the past. Grab your cocktail shaker and some cool glasses and get shakin’! Continue reading

love-inspired libations…
a collection of cocktails for your Valentine

Valentine cocktail

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so do your shopping this week and prep something special for your sweetie, or for yourself and a few of your besties – who says Valentine’s is just for couples? And who says you have to stick to straight champagne or a glass of wine?

We’ve rounded up some easy to mix cocktails that are just right for romance. Go for organic juices, and shop for locally produced or organic liquors to make your beverages as eco-friendly as possible, then serve ‘em up in some great recycled glassware. Continue reading

holiday entertaining…
classic cocktails with a twist

Holiday Cocktails

Why not shake up your next holiday gathering with something a little different? Thanks to the popularity of retro-themed TV shows, the cocktail hour is making a comeback. Once a ubiquitous entertainment wasteland of bland drinks, boring food, and stilted conversations, today’s cocktail parties call up thoughts of a more elegant era with signature drinks and modern, organic twists on classic fare. Continue reading