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smash cocktail with blackberry and bourbon

blackberry bourbon smash

what is a blackberry bourbon smash? This drink is such a classic cocktail. A “smash” is comprised of seasonal fruits, mint, citrus, and a spirit of your choice.  If you’ve ever had a mint julep, which is basically just bourbon, sugar, and mint, the smash is like the julep’s close relative. But this drink has […]

fresh blackberries really make this skinny margarita even more delicious! skinny blackberry margaritas | a flavor journal food blog

skinny blackberry margarita

skinny blackberry margarita There’s not many cocktails I love more than margaritas.  They’re so refreshing, lower in calories if made fresh, and seriously delicious.  This skinny blackberry margarita is easy to make, and offers a kick of flavor on top of my basic skinny margarita! Always feel free to adjust any of the fresh juices […]

this skinny margarita recipe is made with fresh citrus juice, agave nectar, tequila blanco or reposed, and served over ice. so easy, refreshing, and delicious! skinny margarita recipe | a flavor journal food blog

skinny margarita recipe

the best homemade skinny margarita recipe Making a skinny margarita at home is incredibly quick, simple, and rewarding.  I’ve never been a fan of the pre-made mixes that most restaurants offer; they’re so sweet, sticky, and unsatisfying.  But this skinny margarita recipe is full of fresh citrus juice, light agave nectar, and (of course) tequila! […]

fresh, local cucumber + mint from my urban garden make the BEST cucumber mojito! it's super easy, refreshing, and awesome for sipping outside. | cucumber mojito | a flavor journal food blog

cucumber mojito

Yes, I’m definitely still trying to get a few summer cocktails pushed out before the official “chill” sets in.  Thus, here’s a cucumber mojito for your end-of-summer cocktail party.  (If you need my address so you can send me an invite, just holla.) Last week, I went up the street to the little farmer’s market […]

fresh blackberries, sage, and grapefruit mixed with honey simple syrup and sparkling water. a super refreshing drink sans booze! blackberry, sage, and grapefruit mocktail | a flavor journal food blog

blackberry, sage + grapefruit mocktail

Well, guys.  Cheers to the first ever mocktail recipe on the blog!  This drink is fruity, floral, tart, and so refreshing!  And obviously, it’s non-alcoholic, so it’s packed with body-loving nutrients, without being dragged down by any booze. I planted an herb garden on our balcony about six weeks ago, and my sage is CRAZY big.  I […]

fresh blueberries, cilantro, citrus juice, and honey simple syrup give a killer twist to the class margarita. blueberry cilantro margaritas are easy, gorgeous, and delicious! blueberry cilantro margaritas | a flavor journal small batch cocktail recipe

blueberry cilantro margaritas

I’m all about the margaritas this summer.  (Duh).  These magical little blueberry cilantro margaritas are inspired by my first brush with learning craft cocktails.  In a restaurant I worked for back in Kansas City, there were probably ten craft cocktails on the menu, and most of them were very labor intensive.  But the blueberry cilantro […]

ripe, juicy peaches and bourbon are mixed with fresh fruit juice for the ultimate grilled peach and bourbon cocktail. perfect for a summer evening on the patio! grilled peach and bourbon cocktails | a flavor journal

Grilled Peach and Bourbon Cocktail

you deserve some booze with your fruit. It’s SUMMER!  Day 3.  I’m here to gift you with a killer cocktail to enjoy this weekend while you bask in the sunshine.  It’s made with fresh grilled peaches and bourbon, and I don’t know about you, but that’s really all I need in life this summer. Peaches are stunning […]

there's nothing better than bright, fresh juices mixed with a little vodka and topped with sweet ginger beer. this is the perfect cocktail for relaxing on the patio with friends, or treating yourself to your own personal oasis after a long day. spa day cocktail with grapefruit and cucumber | a flavor journal food blog

spa day cocktail with grapefruit + cucumber

I’m not kidding you when I say this super simple cocktail is three years in the making.  Really!  It took me three years to get out of my head, and finally simplify one of my favorite cocktails in the world : the spa day cocktail with grapefruit + cucumber. Here’s the story.  When we lived […]

juicy grilled pineapple and spicy jalapeño are blended together for the ultimate sweet + heat margarita! so refreshing and a little spicy, this is the perfect margarita for summer! grilled pineapple and jalapeño margaritas | a flavor journal food blog

grilled pineapple + jalapeño margaritas

juicy grilled pineapple and spicy jalapeño are blended together for the ultimate sweet + heat margarita! grilled pineapple and jalapeño margaritas are so refreshing and a little spicy, this is the perfect margarita for summer!  It’s HOT outside.  The two days of spring we had this year were relatively enjoyable, but now we’ve already moved […]

cocktails for two! warm notes of cinnamon play with pear, fresh orange, and apple brandy flavors before mixing with your choice of bourbon to provide the ultimate winter warmer bourbon cocktail! spiced pear and bourbon cocktail | a flavor journal food blog small batch recipe

spiced pear and bourbon cocktail

Happy New Year, everyone!  This cold weather has got me wanting to stay indoors for the rest of my life.  Instead of hitting the gym or running errands on my never-ending list, I just want to sit on my couch and sip on this spiced pear and bourbon cocktail.  It brings all the warm fuzzies […]

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