Bloody Mary

It's almost the weekend, and there's nothing better than day-drinking on a lazy Saturday - especially when that Bloody Mary is essentially a meal!  Whip up this super fresh and spicy Bloody Mary mix if you're looking for a kick with brunch. The secret?  Instead of using tomato juice that's overly salted - put your favorite … [Read more...]

Blueberry Gin Sparkler

This refreshing cocktail is amazing when fresh blueberries are abundant at the farmers' market. If blueberries are not in season, you could always use frozen berries. Remember that berries contain high levels of pesticides when they are not organic, so try to buy them in-season from your local farmer or organic from the … [Read more...]

Spiked Strawberry Lemonade

  SHEA’S SPIKED STRAWBERRY LEMONADE Ingredients: 4 organic strawberries 1/2 oz. simple syrup juice of 1 lemon (about 2 oz) 1 1/2 - 2 oz. good vodka 6 oz. soda water Steps: First, add strawberries and simple syrup to your glass.  Muddle the strawberries until very broken up.  Add the lemon juice, … [Read more...]

Tim’s Gin Toddy

When Tim Monaghan invited us to Hotel Delmano on a recent episode of HiB to learn about festive cocktails for the holidays, I knew he would have something awesome up his sleeve.  Tim's Gin Toddy is a festive twist on the hot toddy.  Hot Toddies are generally made with bourbon, but Tim decided to use gin instead.  He pairs … [Read more...]

Philadelphia Fish House Punch

Philadelphia Fish House Punch is a classic rum-based cocktail said to have been invented by our forefathers in the 1700s.  It is traditionally served in a punch bowl, but can also be made in a shaker for individual servings.  Bartender extraordinaire Tim Monaghan showed us how to make this delicious and festive drink on a … [Read more...]

French 75 – A Classic Cocktail

The French 75 is a classic cocktail that was created in France in 1915.  It was said to have the same kick as a French 75 mm field gun, which is how it got its name.  And it does pack a punch - with both gin and champagne, it is spirit-forward while still being effervescent and light -  a deliciously dangerous mix when the … [Read more...]

Classic Mojito

I was lucky enough to travel to Cuba where I had the best mojitos imaginable.  Everywhere we went they were consistently delicious. What made them different than what I had experienced in the States was their simplicity...and probably the Cuban-produced Havana Club Rum.  American bartenders ruin the mojito's reputation by … [Read more...]