Affogato bout it!

It may seem counterproductive to pour hot espresso over a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but don’t doubt the results — it’s unbelievably delicious. I served this flavorsome beverage with dessert after Christmas dinner.  Using the recipe from Winter Cocktails, my brother-in-law Brian and I prepared this affogato speciale for festive consumption.  An adult twist on…

Me, I want a hula hoop!

On my list of best ever gifts: an unexpected crate of goodies from William-Sonoma, courtesy of spirited family members who share our enthusiasm for a well-crafted cocktail. Bitters, ginger syrup, martini olives, tools and a copy of Winter Cocktails, a collection of recipes from Maria Del Mar Sacasa.  I didn’t know how much I needed this…