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Up All Night

I couldn’t sleep on our first night in Cusco. Sure, I was excited about visiting Machu Picchu the next day.

But I think I had too many coca drinks.
Coca Tea @ Del Prado Inn
When we arrived in Cusco, I had a big headache. It felt like my head was floating away from my body. I think it was the beginning of altitude sickness.
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Girly Drinks

Cue the lounge cover of the Star Wars Cantina Song!

Bourdain may think the Tonga Room is San Francisco’s answer to the tiki bar.

He forgot about an amazing, hidden watering hole in Hayes Valley where rum fans and locals mingle with Zombies, Puka Punches and exotic cocktails in fancy glasses.

Girly Drink
I love visiting Smugglers Cove on my weekends.

Sometimes – we get to see a light show!

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Summer Cocktails

It might as well be Summer.

This weekend, I welcomed the first days of 100-degree whether with Jim Bean poured over ice.

First mint julep of 2010 with fresh mint from my garden #fb
I love making mint juleps with fresh mint leaves from my garden. In fact, I’m quite delighted with how my mint and spearmint plants are still thriving after I planted them last year.

I’ve crafted my mint juleps based on how they were made by my DC buddy, Stephanie. Almost a decade ago, she helped me serve mint juleps at our house warming party in the Richmond Hills. Some people thought her icy drinks tasted strong.

  • Jim Bean
  • Mint leaves (use a decent handful if you’re using fresh ones)
  • Sugar
  • Ice Cubes
  • Soda Water

I place the mint leaves at the bottom of the glass. After adding sugar, ice cubes and soda water, I muddled it up with a spoon. I pour Jim Bean on top. After taking a sample sip, I adjust for sweetness and Jim Bean-goodness.

I enjoy my mint julep out on the patio and I like my Southern-inspired cocktail to be sweet with a heavy pour of the whiskey.

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