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The Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned

On my mission to fulfill Death&Co’s mandate that every good at-home bartender know the Top Ten cocktails listed in our previous post, I came across this how-to for the Old Fashioned by the fabulous Leah & Mary from

These ladies know how to get up to no good and share their expertise in fabulously dramatized fashion. Check it out:

Today we pay tribute to the classic Old Fashioned. It’s a Fabulous whiskey drink that may be the first drink to ever be called a cocktail. It’s roots date back to the early 1800′s! As with many cocktails, there are many variations, but we quite like this one.

Ever have one of those days you just need cocktail?


  • 3 dashes of Orange Bitters
  • 2 oz. Bourbon or Rye
  • Orange Zest
  • Sugar Cube
  • Ice Cube

1. Put a sugar cube (or 2 if you’re a baby like me!) in the bottom of your glass. Douse with 3 dashes of Orange Bitters.

2. Muddle the sugar cube until it’s good and sandy.

3. Add 2 oz. of whiskey (any bourbon will do!)

4. Stir it up!

5. Add your ice. Purists find this appalling and prefer a splash of water, but we quite like the chilled effect. What can I say? I’m easing into whiskey.

6. Rim your glass with your orange zest.

7. Give your peel a little twist, zesting the fruit essence into your drink.

8. Drop your peel in & Voila! Drink up.

via Tipsy Tuesday: The Old Fashioned.

Let’s get up to no good,



Pomegranate Cooler

Pomegranate Cooler

For a fantastic drink to serve at indoor/outdoor parties take a looksy at this Pomegranate Cooler: 


  • 1.5  cup pomegranate juice chilled (Or 1/2 cup cranberry juice chilled + 1 cup pomegranate juice chilled)
  • A fistful of fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger juice
  • Sprite chilled
  • Ice
  • Sugar or honey to taste
  • 1 oz Vodka + 1/2 oz of orange liqueur


  1. Muddle the mint leaves (with sugar or honey if you are using it).
  2. Combine the juices, vodka, and orange liqueur with the mint leaves.
  3. Add ice & give it a good shake shake shake.
  4. Fill each glass halfway and top off each glass with Sprite.
  5. Garnish with mint leaves.

via Pomegranate Cooler | eCurry – The Recipe Blog.

Let’s get up to no good,


Ginger Cranberry Lime Cordials

Ginger Cranberry Lime Cordials

As the weather begins to cool and October draws near, I am full into Fall mode! I started to think about what kinds of fall-inspired concoctions I could make to get up to no good, and since I firmly believe no one will ever outdo Cottonwood’s Pumpkin Ale, I decided to steer clear of pumpkins and infuse the fall flavors of cranberry and ginger into a fresh Fall cordial.

You will need:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 limes, washed and quartered, seeds removed
  • 1 cup fresh or thawed cranberries
  • A few frozen cranberries for garnish
  • Gin, Vodka or Light Rum
  • Ginger Beer*
  • (Yields approximately 2 cups)

*Ginger beer is a drier, spicier version of ginger ale. You can find it at most grocery stores, Whole Foods or Fresh Markets. (Reed’s Ginger Beer comes in a 4-pack). Gingerale could work too, but it would be sweeter and won’t pack as much of a spicy punch.

Directions for Simple Syrup and Fruit Mixture (Yields apprixomately 2 cups):

  1. Make a simple syrup by heating 3/4 cup sugar and 1 cup water slowly in a saucepan, stirring gently over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add the limes and cranberries. Simmer until the mixture reaches a boil, stirring occasionally.
  3. When the mixture comes to a boil, turn off the heat and cover the pot with a lid. Let the syrup stand for 30 minutes to cool.
  4. After 30 minutes, strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve to remove the berries and limes. If you do not have a sieve, stretch a square of clean muslin over the top of a container and secure with a rubber band. Pour the mixture through the cloth, which will act like a fine strainer and allow only juice to collect in the container underneath.
  5. The mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Directions for Ginger Cranberry Lime Cordials (Makes 4 drinks)

  1. Fill four Champagne flutes or cocktail glasses halfway with cold ginger beer.
  2. Add a shot of your choice of vodka or gin.
  3. Top each glass off with two teaspoons of cranberry-lime syrup.
  4. Stir and serve.

To garnish the drinks, provide lime slices and frozen cranberries: use them in place of ice to keep drinks cool or pretty up a punch bowl.

Let’s Get up to no good,

Tipsy Tuesday: The French 75

Tipsy Tuesday: The French 75

Ahh cocktail love–this week’s cocktail post comes from the ladies of my FAV-O-RITE blog, Fabulous On A Budget! These ladies really know how to get up to no good! Enjoy!

One of our favorite Fabulous cocktails is the French 75. Today, we will show you how we make it. Our recommendation is to enjoy this at the beginning of the night, as it is definitely not the best nightcap. Take it from two girls who have learned the hard way.

You will need:
-Sugar (Simple Syrup)

First up, fill a martini shaker with ice cubes.

Then, add two ounces of the gin of your choice

Next up, add five ounces of Brut champagne. Leah and I always get the cheapy stuff when we’re mixing.

After that, combine one ounce super fine sugar or simple syrup. (*Here’s how to make your own simple syrup*) We eyeballed it and added about a cap full to our mix.

And the final ingredient, a half ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Then, give it a good ‘ole shake!

Then simply, bask in the sweet reward of your hard work. Fabulous!

Reblogged from Fabulous On A Budget: Tipsy Tuesday: The French 75.

Let’s get up to no good,


Entertain Like A Champ.

Entertain Like A Champ.

We’re very excited to be starting our new blog Let’s Get Up To No Good!

The content will be focused around the theme of entertaining. First and foremost, there will be a weekly cocktail feature! But once you calm down from that excitement, be prepared for regular posts on everything related to entertaining including party food recipes, DIY party decor projects and home decor features (because the house needs to look JUST as stellar as the hostess!)

Tonight, we leave you with the perfect coasters to use for your own parties, to give as hostess gifts or as a party favor: the long-awaitedStudio9:05 coaster designs–available this month on The coasters come in sets of 4 for $24. They are clear acrylic and measure 4×4 inches. The bottoms are lined with 4 circular foam pads to prevent scratching.

Top Left: “Let’s get together, and get up to no good.”
Top Right: “A clear conscience is oft the sign of a bad memory.”
Bottom Right: “Find your chi.”
Bottom Left: “I like a lead foot and a heavy pour.”

Top Left: “If you want to be taken seriously, act accordingly.”
Top Right: “Be bout it bout it.”
Bottom Right: “More talking, less doing.”
Bottom Left: “Make time for a little quality time.”

Top Left: “Did you say INSTANT grits?”
Top Right: “OOOOOOOOooooooooohhh, That’s exquisite!”
Bottom Right: “When life hands you lemons, throw them in your L.I.T.”
Bottom Left: “Bless her heart.”
Let’s get up to no good,