Heat got you down? Try a Painkiller @trumbullkitchen with @vintagevino for #TGIF


Ah, summer, summer, summer.  I’ll hate myself for saying this in January, but some days are just too hot to bear.  Unless you can get to a nice pool with a rum based cocktail to cool you down, of course.  And a little coconut certainly doesn’t hurt.

On a side note – I’ve made these several times since Brian originally demo’d the cocktail recipe for me (this is the last in a series we filmed consecutively several months ago at Trumbull Kitchen).  It’s a very simple crowd pleaser – everyone who tried it loved it – and because it’s got few ingredients and simple prep, it’s good for parties as making multiple batches won’t slow you down.

But of course, we do recommend drinking it poolside if you possibly can.



3 oz rum

1.5 oz coconut cream

1 oz fresh pineapple juice

.5 oz fresh orange juice

Dry shake and pour over ice. Garnish with fresh grated nutmeg




#TGIF with @FireboxCT and a groovy block party @TheWadsworth #HartfordHasIt

Ah, rhubarb everything.  Thanks, Ben, for demo-ing this awesome cocktail for me.  And man, it was delicious.  The trick appears to be creating a nice rhubarb base and then voila – a high quality, very seasonal cocktail guaranteed to impress your friends.


Rhubarb puree, cooked down with sugar and not strained

1/2 oz Aviation Gin

1/2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice

1/3 oz orchard apricot

Dash Bittermeins Amere Sauvage

Lemon twist

rhubarb cocktail

So delicious.  Can’t go wrong with Firebox.

In addition, I’d like to include a little write up of a great event I attended last night – First Thursday at the Wadsworth Atheneum.  The Wadsworth hosts First Thursday – on – you guessed it – the First Thursday of every month, with a different theme, movie, crafting activity, and other interactive events.  This groovy, 70s edition was a heck of a lot of fun.  I wasn’t planning on dressing up, but I happened to be at Venom Vintage today shopping looks for the Ct Music Awards on Tuesday (spoiler alert: I found an awesome 90s get up and I can’t wait to rock it).  Long story short, Dina found out where I was headed and proferred a pair of very groovy, very vintage pants.



I attended the party with Amanda and Jade

with sarah jade and amanda

Pictured here with the one of the Wadsworth’s awesome marketing staff, Sarah (left to right: Jade, me, Sarah, Amanda)

This First Thursday was entirely out doors (continuing my resolution to do outdoor things this summer!  yay!)  And featured a very swaggy VIP patio, sponsored by Yelp Hartford:

Emily yelp booth

Pictured: Mz. Yelp herself, Emily Cahill.  Killing it in a crop top

yelp couch

Pictured: awesome photo opps on the weird yet amazing plastic Yelp couch. 


Amanda also looked adorable blowing bubbles at the Yelp lounge.

In addition to Yelp, there was a wonderful clothing rack from the brand new add here.  I spazzed out on the clothes and didn’t take adequate pictures of their wares, but that’s ok, because I’ll be back soon to shop their new location.

meta nick

Not spazzing at all and taking all the adequate photos: Mr. Nick Caito.  Working it for Ctnow.com

Ted’s Montana Grill was also onsite, slinging delicious, free bison and beef slider burgers to the VIPs

master photobomb

And photobombing all the pictures.  Thanks Conor.  Bonus points because he looks like he might be growing out of Amanda’s shoulder due to the angle.

Due to Amanda and my’s Mommy Status, we didn’t get to stay as long as we would have liked.  Which means we only got to peep at the block party, which featured a fantastic, energetic crowd and line dancing

line dancing block party

Yes, line dancing!  So fun

But that was ok as we 1. had a terrific time and 2. left at just the right moment to see the sun setting on the large sculpture outside the Wadsworth.

red thingy


Hurray for long summer night and parties in art museums.  All good things.

RIP Grandma Iacobucci



Happy Cinco de Monday! Celebrate with a margarita tutorial @CitySteam #CincodeMayo

Ok, ok, it’s not Friday. But if there was ever an excuse to get your drink on early in the week – Cinco de Monday, ahem, I mean, Cinco de Mayo, is a pretty fabulous one.  Jennifer at City Steam breaks down how to make a 932 Margarita in this video.

Speaking of, if you’re looking for something cool and free to do tonight after work in the Hartford area, stop by Hartford Prints! for the High Fives for Cinco de Mayo event. It’s an awesome start to a night followed by more margaritas at Trumbull Kitchen or Agave perhaps, if you’re so inclined.

Recipe below, and thanks to the City Steam team for inviting us in!


1 oz 1800 Silver Tequila
Orange Agavero Liqueur
1/4 oz simple syrup
Dash of lime juice
Two dashes of hopped grapefruit bitters

Gin before breakfast with @ginb4breakfast @Millwrightsct – #TGIF

It’s not every day I get to make a truly satisfying pun. But I got lucky in the pun department this week at Millwrights. If your twitter handle is @Ginb4breakfast – you had better believe I’ll post my TGIF post early to showcase your mixology skills on a gin cocktail – before breakfast. Get it?

Ok, enough embarrassing myself. Watch the link as Chris Parrott breaks down the basics of a classic prohibition era cocktail – the Southside Gin Rickey. Ingredients are very simple and copied below.

Chris has graciously offered to be a feature on this segment, so you’ll be seeing a lot more breakdowns of the amazing Millwrights cocktails in the future!

South side Gin Rickey


2 oz gin
1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
3/4 oz simple syrup
Handful of mint
Club soda

#TGIF Mixology lesson for a good cause with Time Out Sports Bar!

This Friday we are drinking for a cause with Jeff Fiorino – Beverage Manager of the Time Out Sports Bar in the Doubletree by Hilton in Bristol! Time Out recently teamed up with Husky Vodka to donate $1 from the sale of each cocktail to Camp Courant – the Hartford Courant’s signature charity which is dedicated to sending as many underprivileged kids as possible from Hartford every summer to an awesome, all expenses covered, summer camp.
I love this cocktail for being a fresh spring libation which features the always delicious St Germain and a not-so-common ingredient – lemongrass! Watch Jeff shake it up in the video above – ingredients are copied below:

Zen Husky Cooler:

Muddle 2 cucumber wheels with a lemon wedge
1 ½ oz Husky Siberian Vodka
½ ounce St Germain Elderflower Liquor
Shake and strain into a Collins glass
Fill with fresh brewed green tea infused with lemongrass
Garnish with lemongrass and a lemon twist

TGIF! Celebrate with Jeffrey Lizotte’s @ontwenty post work cocktail and vote him Best New Chef!

Jeffrey Lizotte of On20 has been nominated out of 100 chefs in the country for the People’s Best New Chef readers’ poll in Food and Wine Magazine. Yeah, it’s kind of a big deal. Take a moment to vote for him here before March 30th at 5 pm, and then watch the above video to learn how to make one of his favorite post work cocktails – expertly shaken up by Francesco Tomaino. Ingredients are below. It’s a great ‘kitchen sink’ cocktail as you can use any variety of bourbon and IPA!
The Girl from Ipa Flipa
2 oz bourbon
½ oz simple syrup
½ oz cream
1 whole egg
¾ oz IPA