Cocktails Anyone? – Let the Testing Begin

Those of you who know me well, may find this next announcement a little incongruous…  I’ve begun to write two columns on cocktails for the State of Maine’s publication, Maine Spirits.  While at first blush, my low alcohol consumption may seem a bit odd for the writer of such a pursuit.  On the other hand, cocktail creation is just another form of gastronomy and it’s in that vein that I approach this new project.

Last night the journey began.  I started with a trusted source, Jamie Oliver, and made an Elderflower Tom Collins (watch the video).  I must say, it was a good start.  This morning, I then went out to restock our liquor cabinet and am now ready to roll.  First on the list is a Blood Orange Margarita.  I’ll letcha know how it goes. IMG_8875

Cocktail recipes coming to a blog near you!


  • Cindy Frederick
    February 24, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    I am not a big drinker, mainely due to the taste! I am thinking if your bartending talents are anything like your cooking, I may have a little more spring in my step and a smile on my face. Looking forward to cocktails that are flavorful and lovely to look at. Cheers!!!

    • Annie Mahle
      February 24, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      Cute, Cindy. I’m not sure I can imagine any more spring in your step than there already is!

  • Kate Reckner
    February 24, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Annie – combine your two skills. Give recipes on infusion concoctions. For example I make infused vodkas:
    Lemon Mint (using Lemonhead candies, for part of it)
    Strawberry rhubarb
    Coffee mocha

    • Annie Mahle
      February 24, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      I know. I’m loving all of the ideas that are coming to me. One that came today was a brady or rum drink with the pear nectar I made earlier this year. I’m having a blast! Your infusion sounds yummy.

  • Harold Hoffman
    February 24, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Research! And don’t forget the rum drinks!

    • Annie Mahle
      February 25, 2015 at 5:09 am

      And the research has begun, Harold! Last night I made a Blood Orange and Lime Mojito. Pretty good start, I gotta say.


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