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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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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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 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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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  

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Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

With Valentine Day right around the corner – I thought this pretty red drink made with Champagne was just perfect for this weeks Happy Hour.  So try it today,  see if you like it, make any adjustments and surprise your valentine on Tuesday evening by meeting them at the door with a glass of this in your hand.  Happy V Day – Enjoy!

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail


1  ounce chilled pomegranate juice or chilled cranberry juice (2 tablespoons)

ounces chilled champagne (6 tablespoons)


Pour the pomegranate juice into a champagne flute.  Slowly add champagne.  Serve immediately. Makes 1 serving.

Published in: on February 10, 2012 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  

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Dandy Shandy

Now, I’m not a beer drinker, which is why this is probably the first beer based drink on Happy Hour @ 1102.   But if I do drink beer, I prefer a dark beer.  So this recipe joined with my favored ginger beer, sounded like a good combination.  We’ll see . . .

Dandy Shandy


  • ounces good quality dark stout or porter beer (or nonalcoholic beer) (1/2 cup)
  • ounces chilled ginger ale or ginger beer (1/2 cup)


Place dark stout beer in a serving glass.

Pour ginger ale atop. Makes 1 (8-ounce) serving.

Nutrition facts:  Calories 97, Protein 1 gm , Carbohydrate 16 gm, Sugar 11 gm, Sodium (mg) 12,

Published in: on January 27, 2012 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  

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  • 1 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Pinch of chili powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup almond milk (can substitute Irish Creme, coffee-flavored liqueur or milk)
  • Splash of agave nectar (can substitute honey or maple syrup)
  • 1 oz. Silver tequila
  • Paprika
  • Cinnamon stick


In a saucepan over low heat add the cocoa powder, cinnamon, chili powder and cayenne pepper. Toast until spices begin to release their aromas, about a couple of minutes. Using a small whisk or wooden spoon, slowly incorporate the almond milk. Raise the temperature to medium-high and bring to a slow simmer. Stir in the agave nectar and remove from the heat. Rim a mug by dipping into a saucer of water, blotting and dipping into saucer of paprika. Pour in tequila. Add hot cocoa mixture. Stir with a cinnamon stick and serve.

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

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Ginger Champagne  Cocktail

Just because the Holidays are over there is no need to put away the Champagne.  I like this bubbly wine, and you can  usually get a decent bottle relatively cheap.  Plus any good mix master always has at least 1 bottle of champagne around for special occasions.  So try this one for your @ Home Happy Hour.  Enjoy!

Twinkling Ginger Champagne Punch


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light-color corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • tablespoons finely snipped crystallized ginger
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 750 milliliter bottle champagne, chilled


1.  In a small saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, water, and candied ginger. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in vodka; cool to room temperature. Cover and chill for 4 hours or overnight. Strain the vodka mixture to remove the candied ginger; discard ginger.

2.  Pour vodka mixture into a large bowl. Slowly pour the champagne down side of bowl; stir gently with an up-and-down motion to mix.

3.  To serve, ladle punch mixture into champagne glasses or punch cups. Serve immediately. Makes 8 servings.

nutrition facts:  Calories 150, Carbohydrate 16 gm, Sodium 13 mg

Published in: on January 13, 2012 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment