New Year’s Eve Cocktails!

Champagne-Cocktail-recipe-kaB1nS-xlElisa’s Champagne Cocktail


  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2 drop(s) bitters (up to 3 drops)
  • 1 tablespoon(s) cognac
  • 4 ounce(s) chilled champagne
  • Orange or lemon peel, for garnish

Place sugar cube in a cocktail glass. Soak cube with bitters. Add cognac. Pour in champagne and garnish with orange or lemon peel, if desired. Serve immediately.


Photo Credit: Martha Stewart

Sparkling Pear and Cranberry Cocktail


  • 2 tablespoon(s) dry cranberries
  • 1/2 cup(s) organic pear nectar
  • 32 ounce(s) Moscato d’Asti wine
  • 8 small sprigs fresh rosemary

Put cranberries in a small bowl; add 2 tablespoons warm water. Soak until cool, about 15 minutes. Drain, pat dry, and refrigerate until serving.Divide pear nectar evenly among eight tall champagne glasses. Add cranberries, and then gently pour the Moscato d’Asti into the glasses. Garnish each with a rosemary sprig.

Photo Credit: Ken Burris
Photo Credit: Ken Burris

Bourbon-Cherry Seltzers


  • 1 cup(s) bourbon, such as Maker’s Mark, or dark rum
  • 3/4 cup(s) packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 cup(s) whole fresh cherries, stems left on
  • 16 ounce(s) (2 cups) seltzer water


  1. To prepare bourbon cherries: Microwave bourbon (or rum) and brown sugar in a microwave-safe dish until hot, about 1 minute. (Alternatively, heat in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until hot.) Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Pack cherries into a small jar and pour the hot liquid over them; gently press on the cherries to make sure they are submerged. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 week or up to 1 month.
  2. To prepare seltzer: Fill four 12-ounce rocks glasses with ice, add 11/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) cherry-infused bourbon (or rum) to each glass, and top with about 4 ounces (1/2 cup) seltzer each. Garnish with 2 or 3 whole bourbon cherries. (Refrigerate the remaining bourbon cherries for up to 1 month.)


And of course, for the morning after…

A warning: In The Savoy Cocktail Book, published by barman Harry Craddock in 1930, he writes of The Corpse Reviver #2: “Four of these taken in swift succession will un-revive the corpse again.” Sip with caution.

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The Corpse Reviver #2

  • 1 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 oz. Cointreau
  • 1 oz. Lillet blanc
  • 1 dash absinthe

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a citrus peel.

*Note: For a more herbal nose, you can add the absinthe to the coupe glass first, swirl to coat the glass and then pour the other shaken ingredients in.

Christmas Countdown…3 days!

Brainstorming about what to do during the holidays? Need to get out of the house and take a break from decorating and cooking!?

Take a look at these 3 festive destinations around the Dallas Metro Area:

A Lone Star Christmas

Image provided by Gaylord Hotels.

Image provided by Gaylord Hotels.


This spectacular Christmas wonderland will thrill the kids to no end! Plus great food and drinks for adults as well.  Check out the 50+ ft. tall Christmas Tree!


$29.95 adults, $16.95 child

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The Santaland Diaries

Courtesy of WaterTower Theatre.

Courtesy of WaterTower Theatre.


If you’ve never read (or seen) the hilarious comedy by David Sederais, you owe it to yourself to check out this laugh-till-you-cry play about a department store elf.

December 22, 2013 2 pm

December 25, 2013 7:30 pm

December 26, 2013 7:30 pm

December 27, 2013 8 pm

December 28, 2013 8 pm

December 29, 2013 2 pm





The Gift of Lights at the Texas Motor Speedway

Gift of Lights

Gift of Lights


The drive-through Christmas wonderland features more than two million LED lights that depict everything from festive dinosaurs to flying reindeer.


Mon-Thurs $15/car; Fri-Sun $20/car

Christmas is just around the corner…

Check out my Holiday Decor and Foods pinboard for some festive holiday inspiration! Why not try something different this year and surprise your friends and family with an unexpected treat for their eyes and appetite?