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Cran-Apple Cobbler

Libra (September 22-October 22)
Libras are diplomatic, sensuous, romantic, and charming. You like balance, as evidenced by your symbol of the Scales. Venus rules you and others like you including Catherine Zeta-Jones, Will Smith, Kate Winslet, Truman Capote and Friedrich Nietzsche. A simple and delicious cocktail like the Smirnoff Cranberry-based Cran-Apple Cobbler is ideal for you.

Libra - The Scale

Cran-Apple Cobbler

1 ½ ounces Smirnoff Cranberry Vodka
Apple cider

Combine ingredients in a shaker full of ice, strain into a chilled martini glass with a crushed graham cracker rim.

Published in: on October 5, 2012 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  

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Happy Birthday to all my Leo Children (Jazz, Anaya, Lumpy, and Andre), and all my Leo Friends (Darryl, Lynn, Ray, Chad)

Leo (July 23-August 22)
Leos are bold and confident like their symbol, the Lion. With the sun as your ruling planet and fire your element, the Sunset, crafted with French grape-based Ciroc Vodka, was especially designed with you in mind. Madonna, Charlize Theron, and Jennifer Lopez are all Leos, and so are literary greats Alex Haley and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

The Sunset

1 ½ ounces Cîroc Vodka
¾ ounce pineapple juice
1 ounce cranberry juice
Splash of triple sec
Splash of champagne

Shake ingredients over ice and strain into a wine glass. Top with splash of champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.

Published in: on August 3, 2012 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  

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Well it April, Easter has come and gone – and no matter where you live the weather is getting warmer.  Here is an interesting cocktail that those of you who like beer will have to tell me what you think.  I may have to give this one a try, it just looks so fresh and fruity.  Berries are in season – so go for it.

Raspberry Beer Cocktails

3/4 cup frozen raspberries
3 1/2 (12-oz.) bottles beer, chilled
1 (12-oz.) container frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate, thawed
1/2 cup vodka
Garnish: lemon and lime slices and fresh berries
Stir together first 4 ingredients.  Serve over ice.

Serves 6
via MyRecipes.com

Published in: on April 20, 2012 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  

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Income Tax Cocktail

 Well hopefully you’ve already done your taxes.  If so you can sit back and enjoy this Income Tax Cocktail in leisure.  If you haven’t,  here is a bit of good news.  We’ve all been given an extension til April 17th. (Evidentally it’s Patriots Day, a holiday, but only in Washington DC.  Since the IRS works from that city they are closed and have given us all a couple more days.)  The fact that the 15th is on a Sunday, confuses me but never the less enjoy a Friday cocktail.

Orange Martini


  • 2 oz gin
  • 1/4 oz  sweet vermouth
  • 1/4 oz dry vermouth
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • Angostura bitters to taste
  • orange twist for garnish


  1. Pour the ingredients into a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Shake Well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with the orange twist.
Published in: on April 13, 2012 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  

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April  Showers

Crisp and Clean like the rain of spring – Here is our April/Aries Zodiac Cocktail for the Month!

Aries (March 21-April 19) 
For the ambitious, headstrong Aries, appropriately defined by the Ram as your symbol and fire as your element, a refreshing cocktail like the April Showers is a good choice for you. Smirnoff’s Citrus Vodka, crisp with lime and orange flavors, is the base of this delightful cocktail. Sharing in your tenacious spirit are Tom Clancy, Bob Woodward, Eddie Murphy, Hugh Hefner and Sarah Jessica Parker.


April Showers 

1 ounce Smirnoff Citrus Vodka
½ ounce champagne
2 lemon wedges (for muddling)
½ ounce simple syrup
3 fresh mint leaves

Muddle the lemon wedges and mint leaves, then discard the wedges. Mix in vodka, champagne, and simple syrup. Serve in a highball glass over ice.

Published in: on April 6, 2012 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  

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 This Blue Margarita should remind you of cool water and summer beaches.  Tequila should remind you of vacations and wild parties.  Enjoy your Friday evening with this light drink.

 Tropical Blue Margarita

1 1/2 oz  Tequila
1 o zBlue Curacao liqueur
1 oz lime juice
coarse salt
Rub rim of cocktail glass with lime juice. Dip rim in coarse salt. Shake tequila, blue curacao, and lime juice with ice, strain into the salt-rimmed glass, and serve.

Published in: on March 30, 2012 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  

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Well Spring has officially arrived.  If it doesn’t feel like it in your neck of the woods.  Have this 1102 Happy Hour cocktail and start to think of Spring.  So for the next few weeks I will try to feature some cocktails that will lighten your spirits and warm the cockals of your soul.  Enjoy!

Kiwi Colada

5 peeled kiwifruit, divided
3 cups ice
1/4 cup light rum
1/4 cup Midori (melon-flavored liqueur)
3 tablespoons Cream of Coconut (such as Coco Lopez)
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple in juice, undrained

(serves 6)
via Cooking Light

Published in: on March 23, 2012 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  

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Red Snapper


  • 1 1/4 fluid ounces whiskey
  • 1 fluid ounce amaretto liqueur
  • 1 fluid ounce cranberry juice
  • 1 cup ice cubes


  1. Place the whiskey, amaretto, and cranberry juice into a shaker with ice. Shake, then strain into shot glasses.
Published in: on March 2, 2012 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  

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National Margarita Day

Well, who knew ,  (Besides my BFF and her brain full of useless information ), that Wednesday February 22nd was National Margarita Day.   Not like you need a special time to have a good Margarita.  But I will be putting it on my calendar, to remind me of this classic cocktail at least once a year.

So this week’s Happy Hour @ 1102 Cocktail is the Margarita – Enjoy!

Classic Margartia


  • Salt, for rimming the glass (optional)
  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila (blanco, 100 percent agave)
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau (not Triple Sec)


  1. If using salt, place in a shallow dish. Moisten the rim of a margarita glass with the juice of  a lime wedge.  Then dip in salt.
  2. Fill a shaker with ice; add tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau; shake a few times until chilled.  Pour in salt rimmed glass and serve immediately.
Published in: on February 24, 2012 at 9:16 am  Leave a Comment  

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As I wrote this, (about 3 weeks ago), I had purchased my first blood oranges.  I was in Sprouts and saw them.  I’ve seen many drinks with blood oranges lately, and they always look so pretty and  refreshing.  Well first thing, blood oranges were expensive, about $1.79 a pound, but I bought 2 anyway. Since they were so expensive, I thought, what will I do with them, and the first thing that came to mind was a drink.

So, I came home and goggled blood oranges, and 3 drinks came up over and over.   Blood Orange Martini, Blood Orange Cosmos, and Blood Orange Margarita.  Since I had a brand new bottle of tequila on the shelf, I figured Margarita’s it is.  Wow, was this drink good.  Unfortunately I knew before I mixed it, that my 2 little oranges were not going to produce enough juice for me to have my fill of this drink – but as I sit here with this buzz from the first one, it was well worth the $1.79 and I would splurge on this fruit again.

The drink recipe I finally settled on led me to a blog, ( You gotta love bloggers), “White on Rice Couple” .  You must click and read the post for this recipe.  I was so jealous that they have a blood orange tree in their own backyard, which means they can make an abundance of this cocktail.

As an extra little bonus, I’ve given you another link to a separate post from them.  When trying to find the original Blood Orange Margarita recipe I found an older post for a Blood Orange sidecar that they affectionately call Midnighte Ride.  The pictures that both post show of their oranges will make your mouth water.  OK, I’ve rambled more that I usually do on a Happy Hour Post, but I guess you know,  I LOVED THIS COCKTAIL.  Here’s the recipe from Todd & Diane.   Enjoy!

Blood Orange Margarita Recipe

The acidity of  fresh blood orange juice in this margarita is outstanding. The bright, tart flavors of blood orange makes a brilliantly colored cocktail and not to mention very refreshing too.

3 oz fresh Blood Orange Juice
2 oz Tequila (for recommendations see comments on Meyer Lemon Margarita post)
1 oz  Triple Sec
splash of agave nectar (syrup) (optional yet fantastic suggestion from Brooke-who is a kick ass bartender)

1. Rub the rim of an old fashioned glass (or whatever similar vessel you prefer) with an edge of a blood orange slice.  Swirl the rim through a small pile of kosher or sea salt to salt the rim.

2. Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake for 15 seconds.

3. Put a few cubes of ice in your glass.  Strain the cocktail into the glass and enjoy.

I rimmed my glass with the juice of a lime.  It’s a Margarita and I was not about to waste 1 drop of juice from my blood oranges on the glass.  I also didn’t have the agave nectar.  Mine was in a Martini glass which allowed me to have 2 considering my limited quantity.

Post Note:  It’s 3 weeks later and I’m posting this.  I’ve been drinking these for the past 3 weeks.  I have bought blood oranges by the bag full.  Not as expensive as I first thought – lol – and yes I will be having them again this evening with you for Happy Hour @ 1102.  Enjoy!

Published in: on February 17, 2012 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment