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Jazz Up Your Signature Drink with MOLECULE-R

molecular gastronomy signature cocktail ideas

Coming up with a signature drink can be hard.  What if you don’t want to venture out on a limb with a cocktail that will be a complete bust to guests?  That’s alcohol wasted and a few unhappy guests.  Or, if you are just in love with some of the classics– like mojitos, cosmopolitans or margaritas and want a way to make it unique and memorable, Molecule-R is here to help.

molecular gastronomy signature cocktail ideas

molecular gastronomy signature cocktail ideas

The  molecular gastronomy kit is perfect for your wedding or holiday party (hello– Christmas is right around the corner!).  This modern trend takes a classic cocktail and turns it into a contemporary experience that will be the talk of your party.   Wow your guests with floating flavor pearls,  fruit foams or encapsulate and serve  the cocktail in a bubble that pops in your mouth!


molecular gastronomy signature cocktail ideas


The kit is great for at home mixologists and cocktail enthusiasts as well! Each of the new Cocktail R-EVOLUTION kits come complete with the necessary molecular tools – 1 silicone mold, 1 slotted spoon and 2 pipettes – to create the ultimate cocktail. Also included in each kit are 10 sachets of additives of sodium alginate, calcium lactate and soy lecithin that each serve 6-10 people.

Buy online at $29.99  at the Molecule-R site.



British Inspired Cocktails from Hooray Henry’s

Hollywood nightclub Hooray Henry's

Hollywood’s newest hot spot, Hooray Henry’s had their soft opening recently, and in addition to creating a stunning all-five-senses experience, the has created an awesome concept lounge.  Imagine an aristocratic manner in London being taken over with the parents aren’t home, described as “an across-the-pond manner soiree gone gloriously off the rails“.

Hollywood Nightclub Hooray Henry's

hollywood nightclub hooray henry's

And it is.  I’m talking about booths inspired by the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, a handmade 3-D projection wall above the DJ booth, and carefully chosen decor as a throw back to the 1960’s underground Mod Scene in London.  To complement the unique details at Hooray Henry’s some fabulous themed cocktails to enhance the experience.  Their master mixologist, Curtis of The Blacklab Ventures shared them with us!

British Cocktails Signature DrinkTHE EAST END

2oz Corzo Silver Tequila
1oz lime juice
1oz pineapple juice
.75oz habanero syrup
house made chili salt rim

shake/strain into a rocks glass

British Cocktails Signature Drink


2oz Hendricks gin
.75oz lemon juice
.75oz Honey syrup

shake/strain into a rocks glass


2oz Bulleit Bourbon
Brown sugar cube
angostura bitters
orange zest

build in glass



2oz Akvinta Vodka
1oz lime juice
.75oz Canton’s ginger liqueur

top with soda water
shake/strain inoto a rocks glass

If you are in the LA area and lucky/swank enough to get in, have one for us too!  Not one of the beautiful people or too far away, live vicariously through their cheeky, hilarious facebook page!

Photo credit / Brian Lindensmith / All Access Photo

Signature Drink Ideas with Avion Tequila

Are you the lover of a tequila and want to incorporate it into your wedding’s menu?  You will absolutely love Avion Tequila.  It is smooth and is well complemented by other mixers to create the finest signature drink for your cocktail hour.  With Cinco de Mayo coming up, it is a great opportunity to give these a test run!
The After Party


  • 1 cup Avión Silver
  • 1 bottle sparkling wine
  • 2 cups lemon lime soda
  • 1 orange
  • 2 limes
  • 1 pear cut into small pieces
  • ½ cup raspberries


Squeeze juice from half an orange and half a lime into the pitcher. Add ice to pitcher and Avión. Gently pour in sparkling wine and soda (so as not to diffuse all the bubbles). Stir gently and top with pear and raspberries. Serve in wine glasses.


Here Comes the Bride


  • 2 Sweet Strawberries
  • ¾ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 oz. Agave Nectar
  • 2 oz. Tequila Avión
  • 2 oz. Dry Champagne



Muddle strawberries in a shaker; add the remaining ingredients (except Champagne) in the shaker. Shake vigorously and then finely strain into a Champagne flute or coupe. Float 2 oz. dry Champagne on top and garnish with strawberry slice.


Something Blue




Build all ingredients (except Champagne) in a shaker. Shake vigorously and then finely strain into a Champagne flute or coupe. Float 2 oz. dry Champagne on top and garnish with cherry and mint.


We Likey: Cocktails HD for the iPad



So we all know I’m a huge fan of cocktails.  Okay, granted.  When I received a copy of Cocktails HD for Martini II (my iPad…yes, it’s named) from Pocket Cocktails, Inc., I was ecstatic.  Cocktails HD is the best bartending app ever and has completely replaced all of the apps I had before.

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The high impact colorful design is perfect for entertaining, but also helps me with work as I go through its vast library of cocktails for research for events.  It is informative:  it provides history, detailed recipes, ideas to tweak and more. I love that the images give such great ideas for garnish and design, too.  You can tag drinks as favorites as well as use the Sommelier which has 100 food/wine paring suggestions.  If you’re feeling daring, you can even “shake it up” (literally) for random drink suggestions. 






All drinks are grouped by category: martinis, classics, summer, tropical, creamy, shooters, warmers and a section of non-alcohol drinks for kids of all ages. Engaging introduction text and tips accompany each drink which allow you to experiment with drink variations and learn interesting trivia about the tremendous range of cocktail content.  The in-depth Bartender’s section includes tremendous information with tips and tricks on how to use bar tools, garnish drinks, muddle and layer, make purees, create spirals, wedges, boats, flags, zests, and much more all in spectacular full color. Create and serve drinks like a pro!




This app is well worth the investment!  Enjoy!

Signature Drinks For Your Wedding by Color: Green

We’ve talked before about red signature drinks and now we can visit the delectable creations that come in the shade of green.

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If you are looking to coordinate your signature drink with your color scheme, you will enjoy these green libations!

Apple mojito

Apple Mojito

2 oz Bacardi® Big Apple rum
6 oz club soda
3 lime wedges
2 tsp sugar
3 fresh mint sprigs

Add the lime, sugar and mint sprigs to a highball glass and muddle with a muddler. Add several ice cubes and pour in the Bacardi apple rum. Top with club soda (adjust to taste), and stir. Garnish with an apple slice and a lime wedge, and serve.


club med bahamas curacao cocktail

Green Flash Cocktail Recipe

1 oz vodka
1/2 oz Peach Schnapps
1/2 oz Blue Curacao
3 oz orange juice
3 0z sprite

Mix ingredients together, serve over ice. Garnish with an orange slice and maraschino cherry
(Courtesy of White on Rice Couple)


Green Gimlet

1.0 oz Sour Apple Liqueur Apple Schnapps
2.0 oz Gin
1.0 wedge for garnish Lime
0.25 oz Rose’s Lime Juice, preferred Lime juice
0.5 oz Melon liqueur

Combine ingredients in a shaker glass filled with ice.  Shake to blend. Strain and serve in a stem gimlet glass with lime garnish.



3/4 oz green creme de menthe
3/4 oz white creme de cacao
3/4 oz vodka

Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.


pineapple caipirihna

Pineapple Caipirinha – quantities are for 1 drink

To make infused cachaca, you need:
1 bottle of cachaca
1 whole pineapple, peeled* and sliced
2 oz pineapple infused cachaca or vodka
1/2 lime, cut in small chunks
2 tbs freshly crushed pineapple
1 tbs sugar
Crushed iced


  1. To make the pineapple infused cachaca place the pineapple slices in a large container, pour the cachaca over the pineapple slices, close tightly and let it rest in a dark cool place for a few days – but no longer than a week.
  2. Use a muddler to crush and mix the limes and sugar in a cocktail shaker.
  3. Add the cachaca, crushed pineapple and ice, mix well and serve immediately.


Titanic Uplift

Titanic Uplift

2 oz melon liqueur
1 oz gin
4 oz orange juice
Squeeze of lime juice
Lime to Garnish
Shake and strain into a large martini glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime slice.



Signature Drinks for Your Wedding by Color: Red

Red signature drinks, red martinis, red margaritas, red cocktails ideas for weddings

If you are looking for some fantastic cocktails for your upcoming wedding or soiree, you probably find yourself trying to incorporate these delicious extensions of your personality into your event vision.  Typically, this is done with flavors and colors.  Today, we’ll concentrate on colors—but one color in particular.  Red.

Disaronno cosmo signature drink red

Disaronno Cosmo

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Jamaica Margarita

1 cup dried hibiscus blossoms (about 2 ounces)
3 cups water
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups tequila
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/3 cup Triple Sec or other orange-flavored liqueur
8 lime slices

Place blossoms in a strainer; rinse under cold water. Combine blossoms, water, and sugar in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Strain; discard blossoms. Cover and chill hibiscus mixture.

Combine hibiscus mixture, tequila, juice, and Triple Sec. Serve over ice. Garnish with lime slices.

pom-ela fiz red cocktail red signature drink


30 mls of 42BELOW Kiwifruit

3 Lime wedge

1 dash of Lime Juice

60 mls of Pomegranate Juice

60 mls of Soda Water

1 bar spoon of Sugar

In a Highball glass, combine sugar and 42BELOW Kiwifruit, stir well, and fill with ice. Add juices, top with soda, and stir to serve.


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Cranberry Margarita


1 shot cranberry juice cocktail

1/4 cup whole cranberry sauce

1/2 shot Cointreau


Whole fresh cranberries — for garnish

Lime wheel — for garnish

Combine all ingredients, except garnish, in a blender. Blend on high until smooth and frothy. Pour into a margarita glass. Garnish with cranberries skewered with a toothpick and a lime wheel.

(The last two, the POM-ELA and the Cranberry Margarita were found at the fabulous blog

sangria cocktail red signature drink

Basic Sangria

  • 1 Bottle of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rioja reds, Zinfandel, Shiraz)
  • 1 Lemon cut into wedges
  • 1 Orange cut into wedges
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Shot brandy
  • 2 Cups ginger ale or club soda

Pour wine in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon and orange into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible) and add sugar and brandy. Chill overnight. Add ginger ale or club soda just before serving.

If you’d like to serve right away, use chilled red wine and serve over lots of ice.

Addition ideas: sliced strawberries, peaches, handful of fresh blueberries, raspberries, kiwi, a shot or two of gin, brandy or rum, a cup of ginger ale, citrus soda pop or lime juice.

These are just a sample of what you and your guests could have in store at your wedding—be creative and make it count!   Do you have a favorite red cocktail?  Please, share!