Cheesy Bacon Beer Pretzels

Cheesy Bacon Beer Pretzels

I honestly don’t care about football unless the Saints are winning and only because it directly affects my bottom line (Saints winning means a full bar which means I’m making tip money). Since I often work the hellish Saturday Night shift (see:  Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Pumpkin Scones), I’m too exhausted on Sundays to…

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Balsamic Raspberry Champagne Cupcakes

Balsamic Raspberry and Champagne Cupcakes

Showering people with homemade sweets and booze is the best way to show you care.  Valentine’s Day will be here soon, and several people in your life will be requiring tasty morsels of your love:

Bourbon Chai Cookie Cups

Bourbon Chai Cookie Cups

“There should be something crunchy on top.” “It smells like something is burning.” “Maybe you should move on to something else…” (after my third attempt at Sazerac Marshmallows) These are all words I need to hear.

Fernet Hot Cocoa Brownie

Fernet & Peppermint Hot Cocoa Brownies

This holiday season has flown by too quickly.  Between work (holiday parties need booze and a bartender to serve said booze) and Tales of the Toddy (still can’t believe I made 600 servings), I haven’t had much time to relax and enjoy the festivities.  On the rare occasion of a night off, I’ve been making…

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Chocolate Cherry Chartreuse Cookies

Dark Chocolate, Cherry, and Chartreuse Cookies

Chartreuse is the sexy siren of herbal liqueurs.  She’s a sultry beast, tantalizing and powerful, and when treated with respect, she will beautifully intensify libations and evenings.  When mistreated, however, she will have her vengeance.  And we all know what such vengeance feels like…

Salted Peanut Butter Bourbon Cups

Salted Peanut Butter Bourbon Cups

Please raise your hand if this scenario sounds familiar: Me (tipsy during a night out with friends): “I would LOVE to come to your (weird, hipster) Ugly Sweater, Non-denominational Holiday Party!  Yes, of course I will bring treats for everyone!” Two weeks later… Me (sober with a basket of chocolate chips, peanut butter, and bourbon)…

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Rum Samoas

Rum Caramel Coconut Cookies (Samoas with Rum)

Shots are not my forte.  I get calls for them every so often, but oftentimes, I don’t even have the ingredients fulfill the request (no Jägermeister, no flavored vodkas, and no schnapps of any kind).  One of the most perplexing shots has always been the Dirty Girl Scout.  What’s so dirty about it?  Vodka, Kahlua,…

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Malted Milk Punch Cupcakes_

Malted Brandy Milk Punch Cupcakes

Out-of-towners visiting my bar often ask “What do I HAVE to drink while I’m in New Orleans?”  The obvious and immediate answer is the Sazerac (as well it should be because it is the official cocktail of New Orleans).  I then go on to list a slurry of classic cocktails that were created here (Vieux Carré, Hurricane,…

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Sherry Pumpkin Bundt Cakes front

Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes with Sherry Chocolate Glaze

Sherry is the hot thing right now in the beverage world, and I couldn’t be happier.  I love a Fino or an Amontillado Sherry with dinner.  An Adonis cocktail is currently my brunch favorite, and a pour of Pedro Ximénez after dinner will always be welcome.  All I’m saying is, give me Sherry, and I…

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