Palm Springs Colors

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Best Pink Drink in Palm Springs Colors

To sit by a table under an umbrella in Palm Springs–or, better yet, by the pool of your friend’s home in Palm Springs with a “Grapefruit Drop” martini–is to imbibe the very essence of this  retro mid-century modern California town. The Rat Pack’s Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra may have preferred the regular cocktail in the city they haunt, but I prefer picking a fresh grapefruit from the trees surrounding a turquoise swimming pool here and squeezing it into a refreshing drink, served in a sugar-rimmed glass. What can I say? It’s sweet, pink, yet puckery and pleasing.

Here’s the recipe from my bartender son Dave’s repertoire. (Warning: you’ll want more than one)

Pink Grapefruit Drop (makes two martini glass servings)

3 oz. Grey Goose Vodka

3/4 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice, strained

3/4 oz. Grand Marnier

5 1/4 oz. freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice, strained

1 tsp. simple syrup

(sugar rim and grapefruit slice for garnish)  Directions: Put ice in cocktail shaker, pour all ingredients in: shake, shake, shake –and serve (by a pool, if possible, in California–although it’ll taste fab anywhere)

 

Rosemary’s Love Potion #4

love potionThis is Rosemary’s famous Love Potion #4. It’s not only delicious; it’s very cool. (Use caution with the dry ice.)

Raspberry Syrup:

7 fresh raspberries

1 tbsp. sugar

1 lime

2 oz. cranberry juice or grenadine

Use a muddler to crush the raspberries and combine with the sugar and freshly squeezed juice of the lime and 2 oz. of grenadine. Strain to remove pulp.

2 oz. Raspberry Vodka (Absolut, or Stoli)

2 oz. Triple Sec or Cointreau

Add ice to a martini shaker and then add 2 oz. of the strained raspberry syrup.

Pour in 2 oz. of Raspberry Vodka and 2 oz. of Triple Sec or Cointreau

Cover the shaker (this is important) and shake it until it’s VERY cold. Pour into martini glass.

Carefully, using tongs, add dry ice pellets to drink.

Serve to someone you love. Happy Heart Day!

Gin Tonic in Caceres, Spain

Caceres plaza mayor g & t

Gin Tonic and people watching on Plaza Mayor in lovely Caceres, Spain is such a nice way to while away a Spanish hour (or three). I’m missing those moments. To be noted: in Spain, they don’t call these a Gin & Tonic. They’re called Gin Tonic. When you order one on Plaza Mayor in Caceres, Spain (and a few other places, I discovered)–the waiter brings an ice-filled glass (with lemon slice), a small bottle of tonic water and the entire bottle of Bombay Sapphire Gin. Then he pours the gin in your glass, and waits for you to say “when”…. I can’t recall a bar in the USA where the drink has ever been served this way. Oh, whoops. I almost forgot to say “when”!

Summer Time and the Drinkin’ was Easy…

September already…memories of a fantastic summer…delicious times…delicious drinks…
In no particular order, some of my favorite thirst-quenching moments:

At Spoon and Stable, one of the newest bars and restaurants to open in Minneapolis this year: a cocktail that was too pretty to be called a Mexican Firing Squad

One way to beat the morning desert heat in Palm Springs, California: start the day with the Bloody Mary at Cheeky’s (there’s a monkey somewhere in there too). The spicy cocktail goes great with a “flight of bacon.”  You heard me. They offer flights of bacon from their “bacon bar”: kaffir lime, jalapeño, apple cinnamon, brown sugar….

Another new bar and restaurant to open in 2015 in northeast Minneapolis: Betty Danger’s Country Club


Cast Iron Shrimp in spicy butter sauce–best accompanied by Betty’s classic fantastic margarita, followed by a ride on the ferris wheel!

There really is nothing like sunset on Lake Superior with wine (in a thermal sippy cup).


Downtown Minneapolis: The Butcher and the Boar serves up lots of great beer, but also puts together a pretty refreshing mojito.

A Cosmo at Copley’s in Palm Springs: such a nice way to cool down in the desert evening (Cary would approve)

At the Lavender Festival at Highland Springs Resort & 123 Farm in California: a delicate lavender margarita made by a handsome bartender…what could be better?

Classic Cosmo (or three) at the Martini Bar at Chicago’s Knickerbocker Hotel–made by a bartender who knows what he’s doing: he has been shaking martinis up for almost 20 years there.

Quite possibly the best Moscow Mule ever served (to me): at Palm Springs Escena Golf Club

Another great Cosmo (do we see a pattern here?) with a gorgeous view: Whistling Straits Golf Course in Kohler, WI

Santa Fe, NM: Selecto Lounge in the Hotel St. Francis is a Great Gathering Spot


Located in the Hotel St. Francis in Santa Fe, the Selecto Lounge and Bar is a popular and cozy bar where locals and hotel guests start meandering in before 5 p.m. every day. If you want a table or a seat at the bar, get there early. Cocktails are shaken and prepared by a bartender who never loses his cool–even when the place is packed and he’s the only one taking orders, mixing ’em all up and delivering them to customers. The drinks are delicious–I tried the Agave Way, the Spicy Selecto (not spicy), and the Smoked Sage Margarita. My fave? My sister’s fave? The Agave Way.

The “Smoked Sage Margarita” (above) had a hickory smoked salt rim which I liked–something perhaps worth a try next time we make margaritas at home.

The “Spicy Secreto” (above left) I did not find spicy at all. It was good, but the hands down winner was the Agave Way (the pink drink above).

Next time, I want to try the Bruleed Cherry Old-Fashioned. I’m on an Old-Fashioned taste test. Searching for the perfect Old-Fashioned cocktail…stay tuned. (I think I found it in Wisconsin!)