Sip and Nibble | Recipes from Lake Forest Bookstore Event

Last Thursday evening, I was delighted to share a few of my favorite recipes and tips for an autumn cocktail party at the Lake Forest Book Store’s fletcher + fork pop-up event. Guests sipped Fletcher’s Harvest cocktails and nibbled on hors d’oeuvres I’d prepared while we chatted about all things entertaining. The menu, below: Cocktail Fletcher’s…

Autumn Entertaining | Fireside Cocktail + Lake Forest Book Store Event

Is autumn your favorite entertaining season? It is mine, by far! And on November 1st from 6-7pm, the Lake Forest Book Store will host a Fletcher + Fork Pop-Up where I’ll discuss everything from crafting a cohesive menu and curating a playlist to creating beautiful tablescapes and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. It will be a relaxed…

Sip | Aperol Spritz

It’s no mystery why spritzes are the darlings of Italian aperitivo (similar to American happy hour). With their effervescent nature and low-alcohol content, merrymakers can enjoy a spritz or two and feel refreshed and relaxed without stumbling into the dinner hour. I mentioned in last week’s post that we mixed up a batch of Aperol…

Sip | Rum Old Fashioned

Evening temperatures have begun to dip into the forties, and the vines climbing our home’s stone and brick facade have shifted from dark green to shades of burgundy and blazing orange. It finally feels like autumn. Why not enjoy your first fire of the season with fall cocktails and close friends? It’s a simple and…

Sip | Rhubarb Gin Fizz (+ a Lemon Rhubarb Spritzer)

Happy Fourth of July, all! Question…what are you bringing to your neighborhood barbecue or fireworks celebration? If you’re not sure yet, I have the answer. This refreshing, simple, and utterly unique summer cocktail is a crowd pleaser. I LOVE these for big social gatherings because everyone can enjoy them – and honestly, the non-alcoholic spritzer…

Sip | Bourbon Smash + Writing for a Magazine

The August issue of Sheridan Road hit mailboxes yesterday. It brings me so much joy to create cocktails and recipes for the magazine each month, and choosing what to make is a big part of the fun. The magazine’s fabulous editor (and I’m not just saying that – she really is a dynamo), Dustin O’Regan,…

Sip | Americano

It’s officially summer! Is there anything better than sipping an icy cocktail with friends on a warm summer night? One of my favorites is the refreshing, bittersweet Americano. Created in Italy during the 1860’s and originally known as the Milano-Turino, it was renamed the Americano after American expats in Italy who adopted it as their…

Sip | Gin & Ginger Lime Sparkler

Memorial Day is the unofficial opening weekend for barbecues and casual summer get-togethers. While chilled rosé and iced buckets of beer are perfectly respectable (and delicious) offerings, consider serving a light and refreshing cocktail to kick off your next warm weather gathering. This fizzy Gin and Ginger Lime Sparkler also makes a wonderful mocktail –…

Sip | French Greyhound

It’s Friday, finally! Have you ever had one of those weeks that’s managed to go by too slowly and too quickly? It’s been one of those for me, which feels like the perfect time to kick off my new series of cocktail posts. With the current weather fluctuating wildly from cold to warm, I’m craving…

Sweets | Pear Lillet Compote (+ three cocktails)

Have you tried Lillet Blanc, the French wine-based apertif? It is a main component of the Vesper Martini (3 ounces gin, 1 ounce vodka, 1/2 ounce Lillet with a twist of lemon) made famous in 1953’s Casino Royale where it was shaken, not stirred, of course. Less boozy, my go-to spring cocktail is well-chilled Lillet…