My Favorite Drink Recipes

French 75

Many years ago I discovered this drink at The Oceanaire Seafood Room in San Diego. Unfortunately after the last few years it has permanently closed, but it is still an easy drink you can make at home. The French 75 is named for the fast-firing 75 millimeter field gun that was utilized by the French during World War One. Consisting of gin, fresh lemon juice, sugar and Champagne, the drink is a lot friendlier than the name implies.



  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 3 ounces Champagne (or other sparkling wine)
  • Garnish: lemon twist



  1. Add the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup to a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
  2. Strain into a Champagne flute.
  3. Top with the Champagne.
  4. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Washington Apple

The Washington Apple is a crisp, tart cocktail that is a breeze to make and even easier to drink. As the story goes, the drink was created in the late-1980s, after a nasty bug decimated much of Washington state’s apple orchards. An enterprising man named Christof Guycoogan fermented and distilled those ruined apples to make apple liqueur, which complemented his favorite drink: Canadian whisky mixed with a splash of cranberry juice.



  • 1 ounce Canadian whisky
  • 1 ounce sour apple schnapps
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • Garnish: 1 apple slice


  1. Add the Canadian whisky, sour apple schnapps and cranberry juice into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
  2. Strain into a coupe glass.
  3. Garnish with an apple slice

Colorado Bulldog

The Colorado Bulldog drink is a wonderfully flavored cocktail. It is a white Russian with a little something extra. If you like Kahlua you will enjoy this one! You would never guess it, but Coca Cola is the ingredient that makes this drink special.


2 oz vodka

1 oz Kahlúa

1 oz cream

1 splash of cola



  • Add vodka and Kahlúa to an Old-Fashioned glass with ice.
  • Add cream.
  • Top with a splash of cola and serve.


Grapefruit Basil Martini

If you have ever been to Tommy Bahama’s restaurant you have surely seen this one on the menu! Amazing and refreshing!



 ½ parts  Vodka
1 ¼ parts fresh Ruby Red  grapefruit juice
¾ part simple syrup
2 fresh basil leaves

· Muddle one basil leaf with simple syrup in a mixing glass.

· Add remaining ingredients.

· Add ice.

· Shake well until chilled.

· Strain into glass.


Key Lime Pie Martini

I have always wanted to visit Key West Florida, but for now I will take this. Man oh man, I love this stuff! It taste like citrus, but is sweet, creamy, and has a kick! These martinis go down easy like you’re having key lime pie. So watch out! 


§  Keke Key Lime Liquor - 2 shots/3 oz

§  Vanilla vodka - 2 shots/3 oz

§  Pineapple juice - 1 shot/1.5 oz

§  Heavy cream or half & half - 1 shot/1.5 oz

§  1 key lime cut into wedges

§  Graham Cracker crumbs



1.      First, get a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice!

2.      Next, take your graham cracker crumbs and pour some onto a small plate.

3.      Take a lime wedge and run it around the rim of your glass. Then, dip your glass into the crumbs to rim your glass! Oh my, I can already taste it!

4.      Next, fill your shaker with ice, pour your liquor, juice, and cream. Now shake, shake, shake that shaker to mix the ingredients! Don't forget to put the lid on before shaking or you will have key lime martini all over your kitchen!


Peanut Butter Mudslide

You want a cocktail that is equally a dessert?!? Take on a traditional mud slide and add peanut butter whiskey and blend in Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!



1 ¼ oz. Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey

¾ oz. Coffee Liqueur

¾ oz. Irish Cream Liqueur

1 Scoop Vanilla Ice Cream

3 oz. Ice

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups


Blend and serve!

Beer Margarita

Beer in a Margarita?!?! Sounds weird I know! This is a sassy margarita-type drink. You can make it by the pitcher and is easily doubled or more! So great on a hot summer day for a barbeque or just relaxing in the sun!



Original recipe yields 6 servings

·   2 (12 fluid ounce) cans or bottles lemon-lime soda, or more to taste 

  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle Mexican beer (such as Corona®)
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate
  • 12 fluid ounces tequila
  • Ice

Blend or serve over ice!


Tom Collins

The first recipe for a Tom Collins was published in 1876. The drink dates back to at least 1869, supposedly named after a waiter in London by that name. How’s that for a historical cocktail?



  • 2 ounces London dry gin
  • 1 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Club soda, to top
  • Garnish: lemon wheel
  • Garnish: maraschino cherry


  1. Add the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup to a Collins glass.
  2. Fill with ice, top with club soda and stir.
  3. Garnish with a lemon wheel and maraschino cherry (optional).

Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is barely a cocktail at all: just lightly sweetened booze seasoned with bitters. But it’s become one of the most famous cocktails there is! This recipe dates back to the early 1800’s, before the words classic and cocktail were even said next to each other.



  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • Garnish: orange peel



  1. Add the sugar and bitters to a rocks glass, then add the water, and stir until the sugar is nearly dissolved.
  2. Fill the glass with large ice cubes, add the bourbon, and gently stir to combine.
  3. Express the oil of an orange peel over the glass, then drop in.



Are you a fan of the Manhattan cocktail? This sophisticated whiskey drink has a long history and has stood the test of time. It’s got only three ingredients, but there’s so much going on in one sip! Hints of vanilla and oak come from the bourbon, sweet and spicy notes from the vermouth, and an herbal nuance from the bitters. When we want a truly classic cocktail, this is one we’ll reach for. 



  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • Garnish: brandied cherry or lemon twist


  1. Add the bourbon (or rye), sweet vermouth and both bitters to a mixing glass with ice, and stir until well-chilled.
  2. Strain into a chilled coupe.
  3. Garnish with a brandied cherry or a lemon twist.



There’s not a lot known about the history of the Paloma drink, but it’s a popular cocktail in Mexico. Why is it called a Paloma? Paloma means “dove” in Spanish. Some sources think that the drink is named after a popular folk song called “La Paloma” from the 1800’s.



6 oz. 

tequila blanco

1 1/2 oz. 

fresh lime juice

6 oz. 

fresh grapefruit juice

Pinch of salt

Crushed ice, for serving

12 oz. 

grapefruit soda, such as Jarritos, Squirt or Fresca

slices fresh pink or red grapefruit, for serving

lime wedges, for serving



  1. Divide the tequila, lime and grapefruit juices among the three glasses. Add a pinch of salt to each glass. Fill three-quarters full of ice, then stir to combine. Top with grapefruit soda, then garnish with a slice of grapefruit and a lime wedge.