Cranberry and Blood Orange Cocktail with Pomegranate Tequila

Cranberry and Blood Orange Cocktail with Pomegranate Tequila

Cranberry and Blood Orange Cocktail

This cocktail is perfect for a variety of holidays throughout the year with just a change in the garnish. With February upon us it makes a lovely cocktail for Valentines Day.

We had an early Valentines celebration with some friends and I had the La Pinta Pomegranate Tequila that I got in Mexico while at the El Dorado Royale. I thought with it’s beautiful red color it would make a fun Valentine cocktail. After a little trial and error, I got just the right combo of ingredients for this delicious cocktail.


La Pinta Pomegranate Tequila

Cranberry and Blood Orange Cocktail featuring La Pinta Pomegranate Tequila
  • 2 oz La Pinta Pomegranate Tequila
  • 4 oz Unsweetened Cranberry Juice*
  • 2 tbsp Blood Orange Syrup
  • 2 tbsp Agave Nectar
  • 1/4 cup Sparkling Orange Water
Optional: Fresh Pomegranate Arils and Blood Orange Slices for Garnish
  1. Pour pomegranate tequila, cranberry juice, blood orange syrup and agave nectar in to shaker. Shake until blended. Fill serving glass with ice. Pour drink mixture into glass add sparkling water. Garnish with pomegranate arils and blood orange slices if desired.

    *If you are using sweetened cranberry juice, omit the agave nectar.

Round Pond Blood Orange Syrup

The blood orange syrup which you can see is gone, came in a set of syrups from the Round Pond Winery in Napa. The blood orange syrup is delicious and I have used it on a cheeseboard to be drizzled over goat cheese and have used it to drizzle over pound cake and ice cream as a dessert topping. The last of it went into this cocktail! I’m looking forward to cracking open the Meyer lemon syrup and see what happens. I already know it is delicious as I sampled it while on a visit there. I think you should be able to order it online at the Round Pond website.

Cranberry Blood Orange Cocktail Ingredients

I need to be clear that I am not getting any kickback on any of these products. It just happened to be the brands I had on hand or like.  You can certainly find a variety of brands that make a blood orange syrup, juices and agave, so buy what ever you like! I made a note in the recipe but if you end up getting cranberry juice that is already sweetened, you should omit the agave nectar as it will make the cocktail to sweet.

I’m not sure about other pomegranate tequilas. You can do some sleuthing on your own to find a brand you like or you can find out where to buy the La Pinta in your area on their website. You could certainly use plain tequila as well.

La Pinta Pomegranate Tequila

I think this cocktail would be great for quite a few holidays. Just change up the garnishes a bit.  For Christmas add a sprig of mint, basil or rosemary for a pop of green. For the 4th of July omit the blood orange slice and add blueberries.

I would love to hear what some of you favorite cocktails are so feel free to comment below or email me with any questions.









Dockum ~ Wichita, KS

Dockum ~ Wichita, KS

The Pharmacist will see you now at Dockum and is sure to cure what ails you with a special hand crafted elixir. Dockum is Wichita’s only underground speakeasy in the area that I know of and has whetted my appetite for the craft cocktails I have grown to love in Kansa City.

Prior to moving to Wichita I would frequent my nieces speakeasy The W in Lee’s Summit, Missouri which is part of the KC metro area. I of course am biased, due to the nature of the owners but have found that the Dockum here in Wichita is wonderful at creating amazing craft cocktails as well and am so glad to have a new place to hang out.

I absolutely love craft cocktails as they are made with fresh ingredients and premium liquors allowing the real flavors to shine. No sugary mixes allowed!  I urge you to gather some friends and spend an evening at Dockum. Not only will you have amazing drinks and a great time, you will be supporting a local Wichita business! If you happen to be in KC make a reservation at The W and tell them Aunt Sharmy sent you!

The history of Dockum dates back to 1958 where Dockum Drug Store was located on the main level of what is now the Ambassador Hotel. Dockum is now located in the basement of the Ambassador Hotel and the only sign that it exists the RX symbol on the staircase.

Photo Credit: @DockumWichita Instagram

As you make your way down the stairs it is clear that this in no ordinary bar. Though no password is required to get in, you will have to knock on the solid wood door that will stand between you and hand crafted elixirs. Once in, the pharmacist can offer you the perfect remedy to cure what ails you.

I have found the the El Kabaong is the best remedy for my current condition. This concoction features Don Q Coconut Rum, Aloe, Pineapple Cream and Habanero Syrup.  The sweet combination of the pineapple and coconut gives me the feeling of being by the ocean enjoying a tropical breeze while watching the palm trees sway.

El Kabong Cocktail

Although, the Peruvian Princess featuring Barsol Pisco, Fig Syrup, Lemon, Rosemary, Foam and Cardamom Bitters is not quite as sweet as the El Kabong it pairs well with the Dockums house-made onion dip and potato crisps when the script is suggested you take with food.

Peruvian Princess

The orange essence and real smoke flavor from the Old Smokin’ Cody is an intoxicating adventure for both taste and smell featuring Cody Road Rye, Cracked Pepper, Cherry Balsamic Shrub, Angostura Bitters and Orange Bitters.

There are quite a few other prescriptions to choose from so you are sure to find a cure for whatever is causing you trouble. If it must be taken with food, in addition to the onion dip and crisps, there are some other small plate options featuring charcuterie, roasted nuts, olives and lebna with pita.

Prior to being the Amabassador Hotel or Dockum Drug Store the building was home to the Union National Bank and in the basement where this speakeasy is located, you will find the original brick walls and the banks vault giving the Dockum a sleek and rustic feel. Candle lit tables and the dark wood bar add to ambiance of stepping back in time. The Vault as it is called,  adds a little sexiness to the space and can and be reserved for small parties wishing for a more intimate private setting.

Photo Credit: @DockumWichita Instagram

Reservations are not required unless you are reserving The Vault but there are a few rules you must follow. Seats at the bar are on a first come, first serve bases and as the patient you must have patience, as your elixir is quite labor intensive to make and may take some time. There are some other rules to follow when consuming you elixir at Dockum including  no ball caps, do not disturb others, discreet cell phone use and of course, taking two and calling them in the morning.



Holiday Sangria

Holiday Sangria


This Holiday Sangria is light and delicious and of course and will add a festive touch to your holiday table with the touches of cranberries and rosemary.  For added festive flair you can coat the cranberries and rosemary in sugar to give them a wintery frosted look.

Find that recipe here.


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As an ambassador for Whole Foods Market we are given content to share with you each month. This month is cocktail and holiday treats. So I decided to share my holiday sangria recipe with you.


1 granny Smith apple
1 honey crisp apple
1 heaping cup fresh cranberries
2-3 Large sprigs of rosemary
1 bottle Pinot grigio
½ cup white grape juice
¼ cup sugar
1 can club soda

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Chop apple into small pieces. Then combine all ingredients in serving pitcher. Mix well.  Fill serving glasses with sugared cranberries and rosemary if desired and pour sangria over top and enjoy.

Find more holiday cocktail recipes here.



Mad-Men Inspired Cocktails from Sullivan’s Steakhouse

Mad-Men Inspired Cocktails from Sullivan’s Steakhouse

Mad-Men Inspired Cocktails

Mad-Men Inspired Cocktails

To celebrate the final season of Mad Men, Sullivan’s Steakhouse Leawood is bringing back the three martini lunch. Cocktails inspired by Roger Sterling, Don Draper and Betty Francis will be featured for a limited time.

The Roger ($11)

Classic man’s man with a little dirty side.


Belvedere                          4 Oz.

Olive juice                          ½ Oz.

Blue Cheese Olives           Garnish



Combine all ingredients into a Boston Shaker. Shake 10-15 times. Strain into a chilled Martini Glass


The Don ($11)

While still a classic character, Don cuts his own path and does things differently.


Hendricks Gin                 4 FL Oz.

Vermouth                        ½ Oz.

Cucumber ribbons          Garnish



Combine all ingredients into a Boston Shaker. Shake 10-15 times. Strain into a chilled Martini Glass


The Betty ($11)

A trendsetter – sexy with a wild side.


Belvedere                          2.5 Oz.

Monin Violet Syrup             1.0 Oz.

Fee Bros Peach Bitters       2 Dashes

Pernod                               .25 Oz.



Combine all ingredients into a Boston Shaker. Shake 10-15 times. Strain into a chilled Martini Glass. Garnish with a sugared rim and lemon twist.
Sullivan’s Steakhouse

4501 W 119th St

Leawood, KS 66209

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The Generous Pour at The Capital Grille

The Generous Pour at The Capital Grille


The Generous Pour wine event returns to The Capital Grille and runs from July 7 to August 31.

The Stoli Doli at the The Capital Grille is just about the best thing on earth, but once a year I give up my precious cocktail and partake in The Generous Pour.

For only $25 you can enjoy five highly acclaimed wines and two exclusive premieres to compliment your dinner. All wines are selected by The Capital Grilles’s Master Sommelier George Miliotes.

I had the chance to attend last years event and have to say Mr. Miliotes does an amazing job at picking the wines.


The wines available for the 2014 Generous Pour event are:

Carmel Road “Liberated,” Monterey, 2012 Riesling

Atalon, Napa Valley, 2012 Sauvignon Blanc

Byron, Santa Barbara, 2012 Chardonnay

La Crema, Willamette Valley, 2012 Pinot Noir

Freemark Abbey, Napa Valley, 2011 Merlot

Arrowood “Catchwire,” Sonoma, 2011 Bordeaux Blend

Kendall-Jackson “Winemaker Selection,” Sonoma, 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon



Hedges Family Estates Wine Dinner at Tannin Wine Bar

Hedges Family Estates Wine Dinner at Tannin Wine Bar


Hedges Family Estates Winery recently hosted a dinner at Tannin Wine Bar and Kitchen. The pairings of the amazing wines and dishes created by chef Brian made for a memorable evening and I will be enjoying both again soon.

Tannin is located in the Crossroads Art District and boast an eclectic wine list. Whether you are a wine novice or expert, Tannin offers wines by the taste, glass or bottle, to satisfy everyone’s palate. Their knowledgeable staff can assist you in selecting the perfect wine to pair with your meal.

Tannin serves both lunch and dinner and the menu boasts a seasonal, contemporary American menu that includes a unique selection of small bites, gourmet sandwiches and eclectic entrees.With the diverse menu offerings, Tannin is the perfect place to go if you are in the mood to share a selection of small plates and a bottle of wine with friends, want a romantic dinner for two or just need a great place for lunch.


Hedges Family Estate, owned by Tom and Ann-Marie Hedges located on Red Mountain, is the largest family-owned winery in Washington State. Tom was born in Richland, Washington, while Anne-Marie was born in Champagne, France. Both of their upbringings have influenced what Hedges Family Estate is today. Read more about the family and winery here.

The dinner featured their signature Red Mountain as well as blends from their Columbia Valley Line.

I have recapped the menu below. Warning it will leave you wanting good wine and good food and Tannin Wine Bar and Kitchen where you can enjoy Hedges Family Estates wine and great food will curb that craving!

Warm Brioche with Cherry and Brie with Independent Producers Chardonnay Dionysus Vineyard, Columbia Valley

Parmesan Encrusted Trout, Frisée Salad, Warm Bacon Vinaigrette with CMS Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley

Black Pepper Seared Beef Carpaccio, Local Micro Greens, Truffle Aioli with Independent Producers “The Bourgeoisie” Merlot Sagemoor Farm, ColumbiaValley

Herb Roasted Squab, Buttered Basmati Rice, Red Beets, Orange Reduction Hedges Family Estate “CMS” Columbia Valley

Slow Braised Spring Lamb, Wild Mushroom and Baby Vegetable Ragout Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain

Chocolate Covered Blackberries

All of the wines and food were phenomenal. I wish to thank Tannin and Hedges for inviting me to this event. I already knew Tannin is a great place to go to and I am now thrilled to have found some new great wines! Hedges Wines are available throughout the metro.  Visit the Hedges Family Estates website for additional information on wine including tasting notes and ordering online and more.

Address Info:
Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen
1526 Walnut Street
Kansas City, MO