Chicago-based cocktail creator and stylist with an emphasis on natural, fresh and imaginative recipes

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My Recipes
Pumpkin Scotch Cocktail
The last cocktail of my Thanksgiving series is a spiced and creamy dessert drink suitable as either a replacement or pairing for pumpkin pie. As an added bonus, it features an ingredient I have previously found intimidating - scotch whiskey. I encourage you to push the limits and never stop exploring new products in your recipes as the resulting growth is incredibly rewarding
Peach Lavender Boardwalk Bay
Planning festivities for the 4th of July? Whip up the Boardwalk Bay in bulk to treat your guests to an unforgettable cocktail experience. Featuring peach lavender syrup, lemon, bourbon and cold brewed black tea, this cocktail is a wonderfully unconventional and refreshing take on the classic whiskey sour.
I'm so excited to share my first cocktail video with you all! The Tincho is a simple, refreshing and low ABV wine-based cocktail that hails from one of the oldest family owned wineries in Argentina. It's traditionally made with @newagewine white wine - a floral and slightly effervescent blend of 90% Torrontes and 10% Sauvignon Blanc from the San Rafael region of Mendoza. It's a great drink for summer but also a very quick one to make in bulk for holiday entertaining. If you've been putting off trying my cocktails because you're feeling overwhelmed, you have no excuses for this one 😉 . Thanks to @realnickgerber for the amazing video skills! . #ad #sponsored
Today marks 2 years since the official start of the Valcohol journey and it so conveniently falls on a weekend of giving thanks. Cocktails and boozy content have given me such an amazing creative outlet but, more than that, they have introduced me to a new and fantastic community. Thank you all for following along, supporting my work and inspiring me with your own creations. Please never hesitate to reach out if there's something you'd like to see more of as I'm always up for a challenge. Cheers to growing together and hopefully putting more faces to names in 2018 🥂 . In case you're curious, this cocktail is a white rye persimmon take on the classic Boulevardier, coming to the blog soon 😉 . 📷: @belenaquinophoto Glass: @gathervintagetables
I firmly believe that there's something to look forward to in every season. As the weather gets colder and the wind howls outdoors, I find cozy comfort in large sweaters, flannel sheets and variations of the Hot Toddy cocktail. Here's a sneak peek of the one @belenaquinophoto , @gathervintagetables and I photographed yesterday as part of our monthly Valcohol shoot. It may be the most complex and delicious one I've made yet - largely thanks to these fantastic locally foraged birch bark bitters from @11thorchardbitters 🍵
Happy Friday, friends! As another example of the great cocktail community we have here on IG, today we're celebrating our friend Fede (@welcometomybar ) reaching the milestone of 10k followers #fedes10ktikiparty 🎉🥂 I didn't have the chance to prepare a more traditional tiki beverage for the occasion as I've been fighting a cold all week, but this is the perfect opportunity to share a sneak peek of one of my favorite tropical cocktails 🍹 . Butterfly pea flower-infused Sri Lankan @colombo7gin , orange flower water, golden kiwi, lime, and orange bitters combine for an unforgettable getaway for the senses. More details coming to the blog soon! . 📷: @belenaquinophoto Glass, coasters, tray: @westelmchicago
@kovaldistillery recently shared their newest brandy experiment with me - Susan for President Prune Brandy. The Japanese motifs of the bottle, designed by @dandoprojects , are simply stunning and the brandy itself is wonderful. It has a great natural sweetness with a touch of floral and spiced notes. I wanted it to shine in cocktail form, so I kept things clean and booze-forward👌 . 🔸2 oz KOVAL prune brandy 🔸0.75 oz KOVAL ginger liqueur 🔸0.25 oz lemon juice 🔸1 bar spoon amarena cherry syrup Shake all ingredients with ice until chilled, then strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with an amarena cherry. . Coupe glass: @westelmchicago
Cranberry Raspberry Vodka Cocktail
I'm thankful for a season that encourages us to spend more meaningful time with those we love because there's really nothing more important than that. If you're wondering what to serve at your Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving get-togethers, this easily batchable cocktail from last year is an excellent option. Vodka, ginger liqueur, cranberry raspberry orange syrup, lime and soda combine for a drink that's sure to please a crowd. Grab the full recipe on my blog, in the vodka section of the cocktail archive. . 📷: @belenaquinophoto Glasses and servingware: @gathervintagetables . #berrytogether #contest #feedfeed
I'm keeping myself energized on this rainy Sunday by playing with two fantastic products from local makers. The backdrop for this shot is one of the beautiful wallpapers from @relativitytextiles (it's a gorgeous mix of matte black and metallic gold finish) and the cocktail base is VSOP brandy infused with the sweet and spicy Island Time blend by @agedandinfused (dehydrated pineapples, fresh cinnamon, cayenne pepper). I'm so thankful for these collaborations giving me a never-ending source of inspiration! . Amber Spyglass 🔸1.5 oz Island Time-infused VSOP brandy 🔸Juice of 1/2 small lime 🔸1 tsp dark maple syrup 🔸1 egg white Dry shake all ingredients for 10 seconds, popping the shaker intermittently to release the pressure. Add ice and shake for another 10 seconds to chill, then double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and enjoy while reading Philip Pullman's latest novel (anyone else as excited as I am?) 📖
Cheers to Friday, friends! Celebrate the weekend by heading over to the blog and checking out my latest recipe, a delightful fall blend of black fig-infused @kovaldistillery bourbon, @violethourchicago Batch No.1 cocktail syrup (scorched Demerara, vanilla, orange and bittering agents), fresh-squeezed orange juice and flamed orange peel. Get the link in my profile 🥂 . 📷: @belenaquinophoto Glass: @gathervintagetables