Currated Cocktails

Booze hounds follow your nose… I’ve got everything you need to for creative cocktails on occasions of all sorts. Budget cocktails for a group, seasonal cocktails, specialty ingredients, holiday cocktails, as well as tips and secrets I use to really wow! guests.

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Coffee Ice Cubes

Posted on Dec 1st, 2012 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 1 Comment

My dear friend Susan was stuck in the Philly airport overnight, I knew I could save her day with something special like these Coffee Ice Cubes with…

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Herbal Simple Syrups

Posted on Dec 1st, 2012 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 7 Comments

Herbal simple syrup adds so much to make a cocktail really special and they keep for a long time. Basil, Lemon Verbena, Rosemary, Mint, and Geranium…

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Maraschino Cherries

Posted on Dec 1st, 2012 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 4 Comments

Maraschino Cherries... free associate. You could be thinking about gross, bright red, corn syrup laden candy that no longer resembles fruit or you…

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Liquored Kumquats

Posted on Dec 1st, 2012 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 0 Comments

Kumquats are an elegant little fruit with a bold unusual flavor. When I fear the season is nearing its end I buy a few extra quarts, stab them all…

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Ginger Rogers Cocktail ingredients

Ginger Rogers

Posted on Dec 2nd, 2012 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 0 Comments

A great meal needs a great cocktail to get your guests in a festive mood and this Ginger Rogers Cocktail certainly does the trick for my Middle…

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Pomegranate Martini Punch

Posted on Dec 3rd, 2012 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 1 Comment

In the spirit of encouraging you to get to really know me, we should probably start with a cocktail... This particular cocktail has a long and sordid…

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Blood Orange Margaritas

Posted on Feb 13th, 2013 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 7 Comments

These beautiful Blood Orange Margaritas, on the rocks, with pink salt are a beautiful and delicious cocktail twist on the classic margarita, just in…

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Snakebite

Posted on Mar 6th, 2013 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 0 Comments

I first learned what a snakebite was while waiting tables at Davis Street Fish Market in Evanston, IL. Since then, I've had many at many different…

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Stout Float with Chocolate Pretzels

Posted on Mar 15th, 2013 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 0 Comments

Instead of root beer, I decided to make it an adult's only party by adding beer. I like a stout for this, but I have seen it done with porters,…

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Piña Colada

Posted on Mar 22nd, 2013 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 3 Comments

I thought of a lot of names for this particular drink. Spring Break! Piña Coladas. Impeach the Groundhog Piña Coladas. Seriously, Winter! Piña…

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Aviation Cocktail

Posted on Apr 1st, 2013 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 4 Comments

I love this gin-based Aviation Cocktail for all it's refined floral and citrus notes, but picking the right gin is important because of the more…

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Old Fashioned

Posted on Apr 2nd, 2013 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 4 Comments

An Old Fashioned is a go-to old school cocktail in my book and definitely required for a Madmen Premier cocktail party. While a rye whiskey is a good…

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mint juleps

Mint Juleps!

Posted on Apr 22nd, 2013 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 8 Comments

In recent years I've spent first Saturday in May at my friend Anna's Kentucky Derby party drinking way too many, but never enough Mint Juleps! The…

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Tangerine and Rosemary Spritzer

Posted on May 20th, 2013 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 4 Comments

It was early Sunday morning and all the liquor stores were closed. With no champagne on hand, we decided that instead of a mimosa, we'd have to head…

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cherry bourbon fizzers

Cherry Bourbon Fizzers

Posted on Jun 21st, 2013 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 4 Comments

It's 5 o'clock somewhere, and time for some Cherry Bourbon Fizzers, or, more on my obsession with rose-scented geraniums. After a week of posting…

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lemon juice and verbena sugar aerial

Lemon Verbena Smash

Posted on Jun 25th, 2013 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 1 Comment

Believe it or not, at least for the Dirty Laundry Kitchen, it's time to thinking about the 4th of July, and what's a better place to start than with…

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closeup aperol spritz

Aperol Spritz

Posted on Aug 7th, 2013 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 1 Comment

Each winter, I forget that an Aperol Spritz is my perfect summer cocktail, and then every Summer, I'm reminded of this fact, usually sometime…

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Boozy Fruit

Posted on Aug 26th, 2013 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 2 Comments

I come from a family of storytellers, and Boozy Fruit comes with a story of its own. I grew up on long meals around longer tables where children sat…

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fizzy french lime blossom cocktail

French Lime Blossom Cocktail

Posted on Sep 20th, 2013 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 1 Comment

Sometimes it's really hard to name my creations, and sometimes it's really easy. The French Lime Blossom Cocktail was an easy one. Naming is…

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closeup apple ribbon whiskey spritz

Apple Ribbon Whiskey Spritz

Posted on Oct 7th, 2013 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 2 Comments

Last December as I was “supervising” the making of apple crisp, which translates roughly to keeping a friend company while she prepared for a…

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Clementine Rosemary Margaritas

Posted on Nov 8th, 2013 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 3 Comments

Clementine Rosemary Margaritas started off Thanksgiving 2012. Good parties do have a tendency to start with cocktails. And like good cocktails often…

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tart and spicy ginger sprtiz

Tart and Spicy Ginger Spritz Mocktail

Posted on Dec 6th, 2013 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 0 Comments

With all of the busy Thanksgiving posting and leftover making, I haven’t shared a cocktail in awhile, so I'm rectifying that today with a Tart and…

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snow storm hot chocolate

Snowstorm Hot Chocolate

Posted on Dec 8th, 2013 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 9 Comments

Today it’s the first big snow in Philly (and lots of other places, I’m sure) and with that came Snowstorm Hot Chocolate. If you were watching the…

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Grandpa P.O.’s Nog! – Eggnog

Posted on Dec 18th, 2013 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 1 Comment

This Grandpa P.O.'s Nog! - Eggnog is the real deal. Grandfather Peter Olaf Peterson's recipe. Raw eggs. Real cream. 100 proof wild turkey. It’s not…

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plum sparkler New Year's Eve cocktail

Plum Sparkler

Posted on Dec 27th, 2013 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 1 Comment

A New Year’s Party requires a special cocktail, complete with lots of bubbles. New Year's Eve is all about the champagne, so if you're making a…

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plum sparkler New Year's Eve cocktail

Happy New Year Party

Posted on Jan 1st, 2014 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 0 Comments

Happy New Year! Dirty Laundry Kitchen is now about a year old. I want to take a moment to thank you all so much for reading the blog and sharing 2013…

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Cranberry Margaritas frozen with lime

Cranberry Frozen Margaritas

Posted on Jan 10th, 2014 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 2 Comments

Despite it being the middle of Winter, the high tomorrow is 61° F, so I feel comfortable getting back on the posting track with cold Cranberry…

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The Decoy a.k.a. Scotch and Red Fruit Cocktail a.k.a. Duck, Duck, Drink with hibiscus

The Decoy Cocktail

Posted on Mar 17th, 2014 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 3 Comments

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, one and all. For your Monday night Happy Hour pleasure, I give you The Decoy Cocktail a.k.a. Duck, Duck, Drink. So…

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passion fruit batidas

Passion Fruit Batida

Posted on Mar 24th, 2014 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 0 Comments

This Passion Fruit Batida is a perfect cross-section of a frozen drink, ice cream dessert, and a tart tropical cocktail. The hint of dairy makes it a…

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pamplemosas for brunch

Pamplemosa

Posted on Mar 28th, 2014 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 1 Comment

What’s in a name? Well, when you’re asking about the breakfast cocktail Pamplemosa, grapefruit juice and champagne. Flashback to 2006. My sister…

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Crowded House Margaritas by the pitcher

Crowded House Margaritas

Posted on Apr 27th, 2014 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 0 Comments

Crowded House Margaritas are perfect for that big party you're throwing. You're expecting a crowd and hand-squeezed lime margaritas would require a…

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rhubarb mint julep with crushed ice

Rhubarb Mint Juleps

Posted on May 2nd, 2014 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 10 Comments

Rhubarb Mint Juleps are just the ticket to take advantage of the fresh rhubarb that's in abundance during the spring as well as take cocktail hour to…

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Chesapeake Bay Breeze Whiskey Cocktail

Chesapeake Bay Breeze

Posted on May 9th, 2014 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 0 Comments

When the weather's still a little chilly (pre- G&T weather) but you're at the beach anyway, and your compatriots are bourbon drinkers, it's time…

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Lavender Lemonade

Lavender Lemonade

Posted on Jul 3rd, 2014 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 10 Comments

There’s nothing like lemonade on a hot day. And if you want to make it extra special, a little lavender simple syrup goes a long way in creating…

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Watermelon Saffron Cooler lime wheels

Watermelon Saffron Cooler

Posted on Jul 21st, 2014 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 1 Comment

I have to admit, this Watermelon Saffron Cooler is about one year in the making. It started with some saffron simple syrup and a need for a sort of…

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Sunny Marys a Bloody Good Alternative

Sunny Mary: a Bloody Good Alternative

Posted on Aug 14th, 2014 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 1 Comment

Summer is in full swing and tomatoes are coming in by the bushel, so I've been busy in the kitchen conjuring weird and wonderful uses for said…

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Pineapple Sage Cocktail with chartreuse

The September Wedding: Pineapple Sage Cocktail

Posted on Sep 1st, 2014 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 1 Comment

The September Wedding: Pineapple Sage Cocktail is dear to my heart for a variety of reasons. A dear friend is getting married this month and she…

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Hair of the Dog Breakfast Margaritas

Hair of the Dog Breakfast Margarita

Posted on Oct 18th, 2014 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 5 Comments

This Hair of the Dog Breakfast Margarita is one of those “you’ll just have to trust me and try it” recipes, because it sounds a little wacky.…

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Chanh muoi Lemon Salt Soda

Chanh muoi Lemon Salt Soda

Posted on Dec 10th, 2014 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 8 Comments

Well, it is my birthday, and I do love a good funky cocktail, so here it is, the Chanh muối Lemon Salt Soda. The Chanh muoi Lemon Salt Soda is a…

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White Cranberry Sprinter Cocktail with lime

White Cranberry Sprinter Cocktail

Posted on Mar 27th, 2015 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 0 Comments

It's five o'clock somewhere, and it's almost five o'clock here, so it's time to get ready for the weekend with this White Cranberry Sprinter…

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Cucumber Mint Lime Agua Fresca with mint leaves

Cucumber Mint Lime Agua Fresca

Posted on Apr 30th, 2015 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 8 Comments

We’ve got leaves, we’ve got flowers, we’ve even got some legitimately hot days head our way and since it seems I’m determined to skip right…

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Cucumber Lychee Pimms Cups with thai basil

Cucumber Lychee Pimm’s Cups

Posted on May 25th, 2015 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 5 Comments

Finally, picnic season is fully upon us and these Cucumber Lychee Pimm's Cups are perfect for a leisurely afternoon picnic. In fact, I have them in…

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Door County Cherry Spritzer

Door County Cherry Spritzer

Posted on Jun 26th, 2015 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 12 Comments

If you happen to live somewhere where Door County Cherry Juice is available, you probably already make a version of this Door County Cherry…

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Rainier Cherry Scotch Thyme New Fashioned on ice

Rainier Cherry Scotch Thyme New Fashioned

Posted on Jul 1st, 2015 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 10 Comments

I love Ranier cherries but I’ve had to wait a long “thyme” to finally enjoy this Rainier Cherry Scotch Thyme “New Fashioned” cocktail. The…

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Baltimore Orange Crush at the Os game

Baltimore Orange Crush

Posted on Jul 10th, 2015 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 10 Comments

This weekend I'm headed to Baltimore for an Oriole's game and I'm quite sure I'll have a Baltimore Orange Crush or two. My dear friend Kate lives in…

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Bloody Mary Bar the drinks

Bloody Mary Bar

Posted on Oct 9th, 2015 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 10 Comments

One fine day, with four of my best Bloody Mary drinkers, I set out to make the perfect mix for Bloody Marys by setting out a Bloody Mary Bar, or lab,…

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Celery Aquavit

Celery Caraway and Rhubarb Aquavit

Posted on Oct 22nd, 2015 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 7 Comments

Aquavit, or “water of life” in Swedish is basically a high proof Vodka, but you can tell from it's name, that it's also culturally important.…

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Celery Aquavit spritzer

Celery Aquavit Spritzer

Posted on Oct 28th, 2015 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 8 Comments

I find that a good cocktail, while not essential, is a great social lubricant to get a party started off right, and this Celery Aquavit Spritzer…

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rhubarb aquavit lillet rose spritz

Rhubarb Lillet Rose Spritzer

Posted on Nov 4th, 2015 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 6 Comments

While I absolutely love savory cocktails, not everyone does; some people prefer something a little sweet, like this Rhubarb Lillet Rose Spritzer. So…

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Grown Up Root Beer Float with stoli vanilla

Grown Up Root Beer Float

Posted on Jul 1st, 2016 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 1 Comment

Summer BBQs are a great time for classic root beer floats; you can take it to the next level with vanilla vodka and make my Grown Up Root Beer…

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Apple Cider Margaritas for fall

Apple Cider Margarita

Posted on Dec 9th, 2016 - By Dirty Laundry Kitchen - 0 Comments

This year, this Apple Cider Margarita has been my drink of choice, especially when I'm entertaining. I've made it for almost everyone I know at this…

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