Healthy Holidays: Pomegranate Martini (The Diva)

Friday, December 11, 2015

Pomegranate Martini | The Diva

It’s two weeks before Christmas, one week before the end of the fall semester, and the beginning of the weekend. And it’s now Day 11 of my Healthy Holidays series. I think it’s a great time to share my signature cocktail with you: a pomegranate martini. And I’ve even got a PSA up here on my blog to teach you…

Making a Manhattan, the PK Way (May Involve Cranberries)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Manhattan | #pkway

It’s a special night! I’ll be making my primetime debut auditioning for The Taste, ABC’s reality show cooking competition looking for the best undiscovered cook in America. Will I get on a team? Watch and find out! In the meantime, I’ll be calming my nerves by sipping tonight’s cocktail of choice, a Manhattan. My version includes the traditional ingredients of bourbon,…

Cucumber Basil Sparkler: The Sweet Taste of Summer

Monday, September 29, 2014


The calendar may read “autumn,” but the hot weather in Boston definitely says “summer.” Not to mention there are still crisp green cucumbers and sweet basil at my local farmers’ market. It just so happens that this drink is also featured in the summer menu of my new book National Geographic Foods for Health. (You can learn more about it here and buy it online here.) For all of…

Summer Cocktails Starring Local Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs (Slide Show)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A lot of articles on cocktails have been flitting across my newsfeed as we approach the first weekend of summer. The New York Times did a recent round up of their favorites, and even helps you create your own to suit your mood and occasion. (No choice of bourbon in their pull-down list, however—a definite oversight in my view.) By…

Cocktails Get Local: Shaking Up a Watermelon Margarita (Video)

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Watermelon Margarita | #pkway

Bring summer watermelon into your cocktails for an out-of-this-world margarita that is dangerously delicious. Nothing beats the cool crunch of biting into a juicy watermelon during the dog days of summer, its pink juices running down the sides of your mouth. Though shaking up puréed watermelon along with tequila, fresh citrus, and a few other ingredients comes awfully close. Here’s…

Herb-Infused Strawberry Martini

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Last year at this time I was on fire mixing up a whole slew of strawberry-inspired libations. Here’s the round-up: Strawberry margarita Strawberry bourbon lemonade Strawberry caipirinha Strawberry mojito Strawberry basil martini Today’s girlie pink libation is a variant of last year’s tequila-based martini (“The Rachel”). But I made it for my vodka-loving husband a few days ago and it…

Strawberry Cocktails Go Brazilian: Meet the Caipirinha

Friday, June 14, 2013

I tried a caipirinha for the first time many years ago when visiting Brazil, and appropriately so given it’s the country’s national cocktail. The drink is similar to the mojito, minus the mint. As well, the recipe uses cachaça, Brazil’s most popular liquor, in lieu of rum; both are made from sugar cane. The basic caipirinha does not include strawberries, of course, so feel…

Pomegranate Margarita Martini

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Live Long and Prosper

Who said margaritas were just for summer?   I adore avocados and always have them on hand, but a prominent display at the store last week led me to buy several more than usual. Add in a long work week and my love of margaritas and guacamole (video recipe here) and, next thing you know, I’ve thrown together an impromptu…

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail: Here’s to You!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Just a short note to say “Happy Holidays!” to my readers. I am so grateful to you for reading, both in general and especially during this past month when I’ve been posting more frequently than usual to meet my year-end goals. (That’s also my way of saying I may also write a lot during these final days of the year…

Cucumber Basil Gimlet and its Teetotaler Cousin

Friday, August 31, 2012

It’s the end of August and the beginning of Labor Day weekend, the unofficial end of summer. My Farm to Fork class at Harvard starts on Tuesday and I’m currently contemplating getting a treadmill desk for my home office. My horrid back injury consumed half my summer but is finally becoming a distant memory: I’m back to running and am starting to think about the…

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