All posts in cheers

hot toddy!

Processed with VSCOcam with n2 preset

“On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: Five Golden Rings, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree”…AND I give to you the Hot Toddy, because I mean… why not? 

It’s cold in Santa Fe and we are supposed to get another snow storm tonight or tomorrow, the sky was totally gray today and the air was still, you know the still right before a storm. I came home craving a hot toddy because honestly they were made for days like today. And yes, I secretly hope we get a huge snow storm so the Hot Toddy’s can just continue.

Here’s my recipe for your very basic but very yummy Hot Toddy- go ahead make one and warm up with me!

  • 2 oz whiskey, irish whiskey is preferred
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons honey
  • Juice of 1 small lemon or 1/2 a large lemon
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • boiling hot water (enough to fill your cup!)
  1. Stir whiskey, honey, fresh lemon juice and dash of bitters in a mug.
  2. Add boiling water.
  3. Stir once more.
  4. Top with lemon (i like to cut mine into a whole circle and let it float on top)





moscow mule.

Processed with VSCOcam with n1 preset


‘On the Second day of Christmas my true love sent to me Two Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree…’ and I give to you the Moscow Mule (in the wrong kind of glasses- #mybad)! 

If you know me… you know I, like most everyone in the world, love a good cocktail and the Moscow Mule is one of my absolute favorites. It’s a new love affair actually as I tired my first one this year, sad I know.

But if life gives you ginger beer then you should most definitely make a Moscow Mule, like right now. I love these because they are so easy and there isn’t much to them, not alot of syrups or sugar or you know extra ‘fluff’- just vodka, ginger beer and lime.

Here’s my recipe



  • Ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup vodka ( this is basically a shot; maybe give a little bit more) 
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup chilled ginger beer
  • 1 lime wedge
  • Fill glass/copper mug with ice – add vodka and lime juice, then ginger beer; stir to mix – Garnish with lime wedge.

Ta da! And, yes they really are better in the copper mug and because of this I am so hoping Santa brings me these 





Martini Royale

Cheers to the last weekend of summer! Do you have any fun plans? Seth and I will be meeting my parents for the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque and I can’t wait. I love the fair, I’ll have to share some of my favorite things about it next week.

I wanted to share one last summer cocktail with you before I turn to my love of Hot Toddy’s and the like. This cocktail is called a Martini Royale and it’s divine, especially in summer, especially for sipping in the sunshine. It’s so refreshing and fancy in a way- or at least I feel fancy while making and drinking them. It’s a pretty classic drink but I got my recipe from one of my favorite chiefs Jamie Oliver. I tried this at one of his restaurants in Scotland and feel in love.

Hope you have a fun weekend plan to say so long to summer, you should add this drink to your list because I promise it won’t disappoint you and it might just become one of your summer favorites too.

MartiniRoyal from Andrea Jane on Vimeo.



  • Cubed ice
  • Fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Lime wedge
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • 1 part Prosecco
  • 1 ½ shots of Martini Bianco


How to Mix

  • Fill wine glass or goblet with ice
  • Add 1 ½ shots of Martini Bianco to glass
  • Add Prosecco to fill glass, then stir two times. It’s important to not over mix so make sure you just bring the Martini Bianco from the bottom of the glass to mix with the Prosecco
  • Squeeze juice of half a lime into the wine glass and then add lime wedge. *Note you should squeeze your lime pulp facing up to get some of the essential oils from the skin into the drink mixture.
  • Place mint in a bunch and top it off in the glass as a garnish

Texas Redhead

Am I right?

I’d like to introduce my take on a French 75. A traditional French 75 is a champagne cocktail that’s mixed with gin and lemon. I mixed mine with both but added some muddled strawberries for a slightly fruiter taste. In my recipe the muddled strawberries take the place of simple syrup.

The Texas Red Head Cocktail from Andrea Jane on Vimeo.

Here’s what to do:
1 lemon
1.5 mrs of gin (chilled)
1-2 tablespoon muddled strawberry juice
about 2oz of champagne (or enough to fill the glass)

From Rim:
honey powder (you should be able to find this at any spice shop)

** amounts above are for 1 drink.

First, use a little lemon juice and rim your glass with the honey powder and sugar mixture
Second, add your muddled strawberries to the glass (if you don’t want fruit chunks make sure that you only use the juice; I personally like having the little pieces of fruit but it’d be easy to just use the juice too)
Third, you’ll want to shake the lemon juice and gin in a tumbler then add to the glass
Fourth, fill the glass with your chilled champagne

Cheers to you this weekend, have all the fun you can manage.


Scottsdale AZ.


Introducing  the Scottsdale AZ.

Here’s my take on the traditional tequila sunrise.

  • 2mrs of tequila (silver is very much preferred)
  • A pour of oj
  • A larger pour of bubbly water like La Croix (preferably coconut)
  • A dash of 100% cranberry juice (like the real stuff not artificially sweetened)

** amounts above are for 1 drink.

You’ll want 1 large tumbler filled with ice, pour tequila, oj, bubbly water, and juice. Garnish with lime, fruit and a straw.



cocktails: the scottsdale az. from Andrea Jane on Vimeo.

*song: Ryan Adams/Sylvia Plath


I’m proud to say that this is my first go at editing and sound work with video. Not to throw myself a party but I’m pretty thrilled with the result! I am going to start a series of cocktails, some made up by me (and other traditional ones) to share with you all and use the post production as some self education on video for myself. I named this drink the Scottsdale AZ. Because it’s kind of Mexican and kinda Gringo and pretty low in calories, which is what I imagine would pass with flying colors in Scottsdale.

Cheers for a long weekend and Happy 4th of July to all of you!