Inspirations for cocktails can originate from anywhere; from the scents of a favorite locale, to the sights of a spectacular view, to memories of childhood or life experiences. Just like visual and performance art, the art of the cocktail and its creation always originates from something meaningful to the mixologist.
Currently, my personal inspiration is the changing of seasons. All seasons, and their metamorphoses into the next, they tend to be muses for me. The advent of each one brings moments of uniquely dazzling transformation.

Spring Inspired Cocktail
I think of Spring as a time of renewal and rebirth. When the smell of fresh earth and new blooms overtakes the previous crisp cold in the atmosphere. In my mind, something about the combination of light, fresh flavors paired with aromatics, makes a cocktail sing of spring.
Flora & Fauna


  • 1.5 ounces of citrus infused gin,
  • 1.0 ounce of elderflower liqueur
  • 0.5 ounces of basil ginger syrup

Pour all ingredients into shaker, add ice, and shake well.
Pour into a rocks glass, add some extra ice and garnish.
(I like to use citrus & clover as a garnish for this one, but a lemon twist with a slice of cucumber, would also be ideal ... go with what inspires you!)

Summer Inspired Cocktail
In the words of the Bard, "Ahhh, Summer"! What a glorious season of sunshine and outdoor fun! When the days are long, and the nights are warm and sultry. Pairing tropical and citrus flavors with refreshing sparkle is always a favorite combination of mine that symbolizes the summer season to me.
Tropical State of Mind


  • 1.5 ounces of orange vodka
  • 0.5 ounces of pomegranate liqueur
  • 1.0 ounce of fresh pineapple juice
  • 1 slice of lemon
  • 1.0 ounce of champagne

Pour the vodka, liqueur, and pineapple juice into a shaker with ice, add the lemon without squeezing it, shake well.
Strain into a martini glass or wine goblet and top with the champagne.

Fall Inspired Cocktail
If I had to pick a favorite season, it would be Fall. Its warm days accompanied by chilly nights that lend themselves to the earth's deepening colors, intoxicating scents, and magnificent panoramic views. They are the epitome of inspiration for me, and the 'beertail' below is one of my favorite combinations for this transformative time of year. It's simultaneously refreshing and comfort cozy, just like the days and nights of the season.
Ode to Autumn


  • 9 ounces of pumpkin ale
  • 1.5 ounces of bourbon
  • 1 ounce of toasted coriander spice syrup

Pour the bourbon & syrup into a pint glass or beer mug, top with the pumpkin ale & stir lightly.
(If you choose to garnish this one, an orange twist or a cinnamon nutmeg rim are two of my favorites)

Winter Inspired Cocktail
The winter season makes me think of sparkling chilly temperatures, rosy glowing fires, and soft fuzzy scarves and blankets. Fragrant aromas of freshly cut pine, rich apple pie, crisp fallen snow, and cinnamon cocoa all seem to seamlessly blend into a single, beautiful, complex scent inspiration. This mulled cider cocktail is not only delicious, but a fan favorite. If you want more of a nutty flavor, feel free to use amaretto instead of brandy. Either way, it's perfect for hanging with friends or just relaxing at home.
Fireside Evening


  • 1 ounce of bourbon
  • 0.25 ounces of apple brandy
  • 6 ounces of mulled apple cider (hot or cold .. either is great!)
  • Cinnamon Sugar

Pour the bourbon and the apple brandy into a mug, then add the mulled cider and stir lightly.
Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on top
(You can also rim the mug with the cinnamon sugar before adding the liquids ... either works wonderfully)

I'd love to hear your seasonal cocktail inspirations, or if my inspirations created an epiphany of ideas! Regardless, have fun, make the recipes your own, and ....
Happy Cocktailing!