Month: January 2017

What’s the easiest was to open a bottle of wine?

“Always carry a corkscrew and the wine shall provide itself.” Basil Bunting Today’s post will focus not on a particular varietal or blend but, on a variety of ways to open your next bottle of wine. There are a wide variety styles based on your 

A Beginner’s Guide to Appreciating Diversity in White Wines

White wines can present themselves as a bold accompanist or lay back like a mellow friend. Diversity in white varietals make it possible for most wine lovers to find a selection or two to regularly enjoy.   Over the 2016 holiday season, I hosted a 

Mocktails for the Rose Bowl

Are you looking for a refreshing drink for your guests who aren’t drinking alcohol for the Rose Bowl or any other event during the month of January? Try a couple of easy ones that just happen to be Cardinal and Gold! Fight On!

Golden Asian Pear
1 cup fresh Asian Pear Juice
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3/4 cups honey
1/4 cup sugar
1 small sprig fresh rosemary
1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into coins
Seltzer water
Combine pear juice, lemon juice, honey, sugar, rosemary, and ginger, in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stirring frequently, bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer on low heat for five minutes,
Set the mixture aside and let it cool for 30 minutes. Using a fine-mesh strainer, strain the syrup into another container discarding the solids left behind.  Let the syrup mixture cool completely.
To serve, fill a glass with ice cubes, add 6 tablespoons of syrup and fill with seltzer water. Stir briskly and enjoy.
Note: Add 1/2 oz of white rum for the adult guests who would prefer a little kick to the drink.

Cardinal Bomb


  • Lemon lime soda
  • Grenadine to taste
  • Fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Maraschino cherries

Fill a glass of ice with 1/2 cup soda, grenadine, and lime juice and stir. Garnish with cherries.
Note: Add 1/2 oz of vodka for the adult guests who would prefer a little kick to the drink.

Remember to drink what it is that makes you truly happy and always think positively!

Drink Responsibly!