Raspberry Martini


1 1/2 oz vodka

8 to 9 fresh raspberries
1/2 oz cranberry juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz sweet red vermouth
Squeeze of lime
Fill cocktail shaker with ice
Add vodka, raspberries, cranberry juice, simple syrup, vermouth and lime to shaker
Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled glass.

Blue Angel

Not to be confused with the airplane although this drink can be exciting and graceful

1/2 oz of blue curacao
4 oz fresh orange juice
1/2 oz Parfait Amour (I have been told any vanilla-based liqueur will do)
1/2 oz heavy cream
Lemon juice (dash)
Fill cocktail shaker with ice
Shake all the ingredients together
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass (martini glass works well)

Chai Toddy

Before winter gets you down, here is a great drink for when you are feeling a little blue on those cold days.

1 1/2 oz spiced rum
1 dash peppermint schnapps
1 tsp honey
4 ozhot tea
Stir all ingredients in a mug and serve steaming hot. Garnish with a peppermint stick.