Drunken Root Beer Float

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The other day as I was browsing through the cookie isle, a bright yellow package caught my eye……..Root Beer Float Oreos! Of course I had to get some and while I was in the checkout line I thought of a great way to use them in a cocktail. Yes, a cocktail. Being that I am a bar manager, I immediately put my idea to the test and crazy as it may sound, it was a delicious success.… Read the rest

Naked Black Flower

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I am sure you are wondering……where in the heck have I been? My last post was in May and I have missed writing more than anyone can imagine. As you may or may not know, I have been bartending at a small restaurant in South Tampa for the last four years. Back in February, the owner told me that he was opening a second location that was three times the size and that I would be part of the opening team as well as overseeing the bar.… Read the rest

Black Rose Cocktail

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It is only May, but here in Florida the temperatures are rising and the weather calls for refreshing drinks that can be served poolside. With the abundance of fresh fruits at the market, I wanted to make something with luscious blackberries and stumbled upon a fantastic recipe from the Apothic Wine Blog. You are sure to fall in love with this cocktail and it is perfect to serve on a warm spring or summer evening.… Read the rest

Apothic Red Velvet Cake

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Apothic Red is one of my preferred wines to pair with chocolate and when I saw a recipe for an Apothic Red Velvet Cake from Ross Sveback, I knew I had to bake it. A favorite restaurant customer of mine shares my love of Apothic Red and I wanted him to by my tasting guinea pig. While this cake is easy to make, it is time consuming and I did not allow myself enough time to bake it.… Read the rest

3rd Annual Burger Showdown with SweetWater Sampling!

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Hey hey Tampa Bay! Friday is almost upon us and there is an incredible event taking place for burger lovers. The 3rd Annual Burger Showdown takes place on Friday, May 2nd at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park from 5-9pm. During this event you will get to taste the best burgers in Tampa Bay as a culinary judging panel will award top honors at Burger Showdown 2014 including Best Burger in the Bay, Bring the Heat, Best Use of Bacon and Where’s the Beef?!… Read the rest

Her Name Was Lola (Cocktail)

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This past Monday night I competed in my first ever cocktail competition at CopperFish in South Tampa. Sponsored by Papa’s Pilar Rum and the United States Bartenders Guild of Tampa Bay, it was a tiki-themed event and all competitors needed to use Papa’s Pilar Rum as the main ingredient. I was nervous, as there were so many incredible bartenders competing, but I wanted to challenge myself and learn something new. Papa’s Pilar has been one of my favorite rums since I first tried it last summer.… Read the rest

Naked Grapefruit Mojito #TuesdayBoozeday

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I am so lucky to live in Florida. Each day is like living in paradise, as we are blessed with gorgeous beaches, warm weather and an abundance of citrus fruits. Warm days often call for tropical drinks and nothing is more Floridian than a mojito. I recently discovered Naked Turtle Rum and let’s just say I am kicking myself for not trying it sooner. Made with the finest sugarcane molasses and distilled five times using the pristine waters of the Virgin Islands, it never touches the inside of an oak barrel, thus making it “naked” and truly delicious.… Read the rest

The Recoil, Love at First Sip

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I could not feature just one recipe with Angel’s Envy Bourbon, I had to do at least one more. As I am getting ready to bartend a special bourbon party for a friend, I have been testing different recipes and mixing up all kinds of deliciousness. My favorite resource (shocker, Pinterest) came through again and I found a recipe for a slightly sweet and effervescent cocktail that is made with some of my favorite ingredients including St.… Read the rest

Angel’s Envy, Heaven in a Bottle (Plus a recipe!)

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I have been on a bourbon kick lately and my current favorite is Angel’s Envy. Last summer I was sent a sample bottle and ever since my first sip it has been in my top five list of favorite bourbons. Truly an artisan’s masterpiece, Angel’s Envy is aged up to six years in charred white oak barrels and finished in ruby port wine casks. Smooth and sinfully delicious, it is my preferred bourbon for cocktails.… Read the rest

Healthy Snack Dip

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I am always looking for healthy snacks and found a recipe on Pinterest for great dip that can be enjoyed with celery, apple slices, carrots or any other type of fruit. Celery is something I try to eat a lot of since it is a zero-calorie food, but it can get a bit boring. This dip makes eating celery more enjoyable and can be whipped up in 30 seconds.

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All you need is 1 cup of non-fat Greek yogurt and 1/2 cup of your choice of peanut butter or almond butter.… Read the rest