Tag Archive | Cocktail

Product Review: Bundaberg Brewed Soft Drinks!

Bundaberg Beverages
All Photos By Gail

Summer may be freshly behind us, but you can still drink like it’s summer — whether you prefer cocktails or mocktails — with the delicious variety of real ingredient, non-alcoholic beverages from Bundaberg Brewed Drinks. A family-owned brewery in business for generations (based in their home town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia) Bundaberg soft drinks are now available in the states. This is cause for celebration!

Bundaberg Brewed Drinks are best-known for their world-renowned Ginger Beer (Regular and Diet), and their other sparkling craft beverages in flavors like Lemon Lime & Bitters, Root Beer, Pink Grapefruit, Blood Orange, Passionfruit, Peach, Pineapple & Coconut and Guava, just to name few. We received samples of the Lemon Lime & Bitters, Peach, and Pink Grapefruit, and here is our report!


Do you like Vodka? I sure do. Vodka has a quality I appreciate, in that it tastes delicious with virtually any mixer. If you want to make a killer Pink Greyhound, try using Bundaberg Pink Grapefruit as your alternative to fresh juice, and tell me if you can even taste the difference — because I could not. It tastes sweet and tart like fresh grapefruit juice with a light effervescence. This is my new go-to drink!

Lemon Lime and Bitters

A good friend of mine (who served as the attractive ‘hand model’ for the above photo) does not drink alcohol, but she loves to order a “Seltzer with lots of Bitters” whenever we go out, and she absolutely flipped over the Lemon Lime & Bitters flavor. She compared the taste to natural Ginger Ale. While I am not fan of bitters, I tried a sip and it was truly tasty and refereshing!

Bundaberg Sparkling Peach

Nothing says summer like the taste of a fresh, ripe and juicy Peach, amiright? Bundaberg’s Premium Peach Sparkling Brew (you can even see the tiny bubbles on the glass) tastes like a fresh peach in soda form! We love these soft drinks and can’t wait try other flavors

The Worley Gig Gives Bundaberg Brewed Drinks a Grade of A+!

Please visit This Link to learn more about Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, to find a store that sells them in your area, and also to get some amazing cocktail recipes!

Modern Art Monday Presents: Gerald Murphy, Cocktail

Photo By Gail

From Wikipedia:

Gerald Clery Murphy (1888 – 1964) and his wife, Sara Sherman Wiborg were wealthy, expatriate Americans who moved to the French Riviera in the early 20th century and who, with their generous hospitality and flair for parties, created a vibrant social circle, particularly in the 1920s, that included a great number of artists and writers including Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, Fernand Léger, Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, Archibald MacLeish, John O’Hara, Cole Porter, Dorothy Parker and Robert Benchley.

While Murphy only painted from 1921 until 1929; he is known for his hard-edged still life paintings in a Precisionist, Cubist style. During the 1920s Gerald Murphy, along with other American modernist painters in Europe, notably Charles Demuth and Stuart Davis created paintings prefiguring the pop art movement that contained pop culture imagery, such as mundane objects culled from American commercial products and advertising design.

During his short career as an artist, Gerald Murphy produced only about fourteen paintings. Key among them is Cocktail, a bold, stylized still life comprised of flattened geometric shapes, overlapping forms, and spatially illogical juxtapositions. A poignant memento of the urban, sophisticated lifestyle of the Jazz Age, the painting’s formal qualities are reminiscent of French Cubism as well as the industrial aesthetic of the American Precisionists. Yet Cocktail is also distinguished by its uniquely autobiographical approach.

The depicted accoutrements of a typical 1920s bar tray were based on Murphy’s memory of his father’s bar accessories, and the five cigars represent the artist, his wife, and their three children. The illusionistic depiction of the box cover, which alone took four months to complete, shows a robed woman surrounded by items that allude to Murphy himself, including a boat (he was an avid sailor) and an artist’s palette. By celebrating a ritual that was forbidden during Prohibition in America, but which became a distinctive feature of European life during the 1920s, the painting also affirms Murphy’s status as a stylish and worldly expatriate.

Photographed in the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC.

Pink Thing of The Day: Candy Cane Cooler Holiday Cocktail

Candycane Cooler

NoMa Social is bringing in the holiday season with a Candy Cane Cooler that just screams Christmas spirit! Not only does this concoction look wildly festive, but it decks the halls of your taste buds as well. Here’s how to make it:

• 1 tbs crushed soft peppermint candy
• 1½ fl oz vodka
• Splash of white creme de menthe
• ¼ fl oz brandy
• ½ fl oz half-and-half
• Crushed ice
• Peppermint stick for garnish
• Mint sprig for garnish


Combine the vodka and crushed peppermint. Stir to dissolve. Add the remaining ingredients, stir and garnish.

A Sad Day in the East Village: Restaurant 7A Closes for Good

7A From Across the Street
All Photos By Gail

Oh MLK Day, I took myself out to the “Weekend Brunch” at 7A — my favorite local Brunch spot and a restaurant I’ve frequented for the twenty years that I’ve lived in this neigborhood. The word is out now that 7A — cleverly named for its location on the corner of Seventh Street and Avenue A — will shut its doors for good at the end of January. My waitress told me that the owner is moving to California and just wants to sell the property off and be done with it. And that’s just shame, because 7A was the best.

7A Counter

When I first moved to the East Village and didn’t know many people, I hung out a lot by myself. One of my favorite things to do in those years was to visit 7A on the weekends for their delicious brunch, sit at a table by one of the windows and just watch people walk by. You could not buy better entertainment than that. But 7A has always been about so much more that good Freak Watching. The prices were always very reasonable, the food excellent (their guacamole-laden Mexican Burgers featured better ground beef than you find in most steak houses) and plentiful (I never left hungry) and the service friendly and efficient. 7A was a colorful local hangout where you could just be yourself.

Ceiling Fan and Mural

7A was, out of necessity, renovated and redesigned a couple of times over the past two decades, but it never lost its character.

Mural By The Bathroom

California Omelet Brunch

This is the massive meal I had for Brunch on my recent, and perhaps final, visit. A California Omelet stuffed with refried beans, cheese and tomatoes and topped with their delicious homemade guacamole, accompanied by Green Salad, Crispy Home-fried Potatoes and Seven Grain Toast. Brunch also included Coffee or Tea and a Cocktail (In this photo, I am about to enjoy a Screwdriver, which, as you can see, is tall enough to get you buzzed). This feast costs only $14.95, which means that with tax and generous tip you get more food than you can barely stuff in your face for about $20. What a bargain!

7A Illuminated Sign

With the way things come and go in NYC and the rate at which landmarks and beloved establishments are being swept aside to be replaced by another fucking Starbucks, sentimentality is, perhaps not surprisingly, in short supply around here. Because you just can’t afford to get too attached to anything anymore. And while the loss of 7A is hardly as emotionally and culturally devastating as the closing of The Kiev, I will miss it.

I’m not sure what 7A’s final day of business will be (the 31st is a Thursday) but you might have time to grab one more famous Weekend Brunch if you step on it. Goodbye 7A and thanks for all the memories. I hope your staff finds good new employment!

Brunch Sign

The Last Brunch

Halloween Cocktail: Rich and Spooky Martini

Three Olives Chocolate Vodka


1 Part Three Olives Chocolate Vodka
1 Part Pumpkin Liqueur
1 Part Skin Milk
Dash of Nutmeg

Pour all ingredients into a shaker filled with Ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a Martini Glass and add a dash of Nutmeg. Sip and Enjoy!

Three Olives Martini Glass

Halloween Cocktail: The Screamcicle

Cascade Ice Screamsicle


6 oz Cascade Ice Orange Mango
1 oz of Orange Vodka
2 oz of Whipped Cream flavored Vodka
Red or Black Liquorice (Optional)

Mix 6oz Cascade Ice Orange Mango with 1oz of Orange Vodka and 2oz of Whipped Cream flavored vodka in a glass with ice. Garnish your drink with a vine of red or black liquorice, if desired. Sip and Enjoy!

Cocktail of The Day: The Cascade Ice Cosmpolitan!

Cascade Ice Assorted Flavors
All Photos By Gail

Do you like making cocktails at home? I sure do. But sometimes I am too tired to do much more than put ice in a glass, pour a shot over that and then fill the glass with juice or soda. Bar tending is often best left to professionals. But a while back, Cascade Ice sent me an assortment of their one-step cocktail mixers and flavored sparkling waters, which make home mixology so easy!

One of many great things about Cascade Ice is that it is a super low calorie mixer — most of their flavors have zero calories! Using Cascade Ice Margarita Mixer, which has just 10 calories per serving, can knock down the calorie count of a standard Lime Margarita from around 600 to just 55 calories! That is so crazy! And yet, it is true.

Cascade Ice Cosmopolitan Ingredients

Of course, my cocktail of choice is the lovely pink Cosmopolitan, and Cascade Ice makes a Cosmo in a Bottle that only needs the addition of your favorite Vodka to make the magic happen! Above, you will see all of the ingredients and tools needed to make a refreshing, delicious and perfectly mixed Cosmo at home using Cascade Ice.

Prepared Cosmo

Other than the absence of a lemon slice — which I did not have in my home at the time — to add a dash of tartness and of course as a garnish, this drink is perfect! Of course, the Pink Palm Tree Cocktail Stirrer didn’t hurt!

If you follow any kid of restrictive diet, it is helpful and encouraging to know that all flavors of Cascade Ice are gluten free, sugar-free, sodium free, caffeine-free and have zero carbs. Visit Cascade Ice Water Dot Com for recipes and to find out where to purchase their products in your area!