recipe // strawberry rhubarb daiquiri

We’ve been having abnormally warm days here in San Francisco and it sounds like Joanna is finally seeing some sunny days in Seattle, t00 — seems it’s time to start thinking summery drinks, don’t you? Meet your new summertime go-to cocktail, the lip-smackingly delicious Strawberry Rhubarb Daiquiri. This recipe is not your standard issue strawberry daiquiri though. A sickly-sweet, slushy daiquiri has it’s time and place (like poolside in Vegas or on an all-inclusive resort vaca), but daiquiris are so much more than that! Or rather, so much less.

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recipe // smoke & flowers old fashioned

CHEERS — fancy up your favorite Old Fashioned with edible flowers! meet the Smoke and Flowers Old Fashioned and get the full recipe on jojotastic.com

Spring has officially sprung! If you follow along on Instagram, you know I am having a serious moment with edible flowers. Maybe it’s because spring is finally gracing us with it’s presence or simply because they are just so darn pretty! Edible flowers have the ability to fancy-up even the most humble of cocktails, like the Old Fashioned.

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recipe // pot o’ gold cocktail

If you look up St. Patrick’s Day drinks, you are likely to find recipes for green beer, day-glow concoctions, and sickly sweet Irish Cream drinks. Where have all of the well-made cocktails for this Irish holiday gone? In an attempt to populate the interwebs with better options (like last year’s coktail) we whipped up this Pot O’ Gold cocktail to incorporate into your classy St. Paddy’s Day celebrations. 

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recipe // blood orange mai tai

I don’t know what it is about this time of year, but my mind is all sunshine, picnics, and palm trees. Instead though… it’s all heavy coats and negative temps outside. Sigh. Spring (or, let’s be honest, summer) couldn’t come soon enough! In the mean time, I am just going to pretend that is 85 degrees and easy, breezy living with some tiki drinks.

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portrait of a cocktail // apple + grilled thyme smash cocktail

After all of the syrupy cocktails, eggnog, and champagne I consumed in the last month (there was a lot!), I am ready for something more refreshing and slightly healthier. I like to whip up fresh juice cocktails this time of year and leave the heavy drinks for the holidays, or at least until next month. A recent favorite is this Apple + Grilled Thyme Smash recipe!

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portrait of a cocktail // the alpine buck

Christmas is this week — holy moly you guys! It seems like just yesterday I was planning my menu for Thanksgiving and now I am tying bows on presents, stringing lights, and hearing Christmas music everywhere I go! Perhaps it’s because I just got back from my honeymoon in a tropical local where my mind was literally far from thinking about picking out the perfect tree, but the holidays snuck up on me this year!

Portrait of a Cocktail // Alpine Buck // Jojotastic.com

The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, the halls are decked… but have you thought about what drink will you be serving on Christmas to keep everything merry and bright? We shared the Smoked Rosemary Olive Oil Martini earlier this week, but they are a one-and-done kind of drink (no sloppy Santas, please!). How about a cocktail that takes you all the way from presents to Christmas dinner to rocking around the Christmas tree? May I suggest one of these Alpine Bucks! They are a refreshing sipper that will keep you cool even in the warmest and ugliest of sweaters.

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portrait of a cocktail // smoked rosemary oil dirty martini

When it comes to Martinis, you either love ‘em or you don’t. I have never come across someone who says, “Eh, I sort of like martinis.” Although they may not be for everyone, Martinis have a special place in my heart. Once I learned that those cloying drinks called “martinis” (looking at you Apple-tini & Choco-tini) were imposters, I had to try the real deal!

I went to a bar one day, sat down, and ordered one. When I ordered a dirty martini, I like how it rolled off the tongue casually, as if I had been ordering one for years, even though I was 22. I felt so grown up (and to be fair, I was… considering a lot of girls my age were still swigging bright blue colored booze!). Much to my chagrin, it was not love at first sip. It just about knocked me off my barstool! Martinis are potent tipples that are meant for sipping and savoring rather then knocking back at your company holiday party. With each passing sip however, I started noticing all the subtle flavors from the gin perfectly married with the vermouth. I was hooked!

portrait of a cocktail // Smoked Rosemary Oil Martini // Jojotastic.com

There are quit a few variations on Martinis — vodka vs. gin, vermouth or no vermouth, olive juice or onion… it’s all a matter of preference. I prefer my Martinis with gin personally. The layered flavors add a lot of complexity to the otherwise simple cocktail. Simple does not equal boring here, my friends, au contraire! Because of it’s simplicity, making a martini with high-quality ingredients is one of the most important factors. There are no juices or syrups to mask the flavor so grab yourself a bottle of great gin and vermouth to mix up one of these tipples.

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