Lilywhacker (500th post)

I’m so pleased and proud of this milestone. The Ruby Spoon started as an idea while we were living in California. I wanted a platform to share my love of food with anyone curious to follow along and cook, bake, and drink with me! It is still something I love to do and even though […]

Uno, Dos, Tres

As the negroni is one of my favorite drinks, I love to discover and experiment with new variations. With the simple recipe of equal parts gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari, the modifications can be endless. This one has the base spirit of tequila with grapefruit infused vermouth, 2 types of Amari and chocolate mole bitters […]

A Boulevardier 3 Ways

I would describe the boulevardier as the negroni’s long lost relative. Where the negroni is crisp and sunny, the boulevardier is sultry and deep. Both amazing, but very different. Think motoring the sun dappled roads of Italy on your vespa, or a late night skinny dip under the stars in warm Mediterranean waters. Here are my […]

The Clint Eastood

  from: The Old-Fashioned makes: 1 cocktail Along with The Tree House, this has been my favorite old-fashioned from the book. I’m a sucker for almost anything that contains green Chartreuse. Here it adds complexity and a unique quality to this old fashioned which is nice with spicier rye versus bourbon. 2 ounces rye whiskey 1/8 […]

Crane Kick

  This tiki drink with Japanese whiskey is too strange to describe in words. I have tried to think of how to convey the flavors, so let me just say you should just try it for yourself and see. Is that intriguing? David and I both really liked it. I am slowly learning to like a peaty scotch, and I like how the […]

Jack Rose

It’s almost Thanksgiving! I love the day before Thanksgiving. David and I are usually packing bags and getting ready to drive to Ohio and spend time with family. The anticipation of seeing everyone, eating and drinking together, playing games while it’s cold outside and Christmas being just around the corner-it all fills me with a warm, […]

Negroni with Oregano

If I had to pick a desert island cocktail that I would drink for all my stranded days on a lone isle (Palawan Island, perhaps?) it would most likely be a tie between a negroni and the old fashioned I make with Old Tom Ransom gin (oh, who am I kidding? Any well-made old fashioned will do). The edge would probably have […]