I think it is time to start thinking warm and hazy days! Okay it is still a little ways away-but-we did havd a taste of summer a few weeks ago!

Think tropical and try these drinks from Chuck’s recipe folders:

Cape Elizabeth Sunrise;

 Combine 3 oz. of cranberry juice

1 oz. of fresh lime juice

  1. Combine ingredients with crushed ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well and pour             into a chilled wine glass. Garnish with a lime slice & fresh sprig of mint.

You can add vodka to add an edge to the drink.

Pine Point Clam Digger:

This is a great drink for a Clam Bake.

8 oz. of Clamato juice

1 oz. fresh lime juice

3-5 dashes of tabasco sauce

3-5 dashes of worcestershire sauce

Dash of fresh ground pepper

Celery salt to taste

¼ tsp of horseradish

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake well.

As with James Bond, this drink is better shaken rather than stirred.

Garnish with a slice of lime and a Celery stalk.

Yes, 2 oz. of gin or vodka will add a zip to this drink.

Coco Cola:

 2 oz. of coconut milk

1 oz. of fresh lime juice


Combine coconut milk and lime juice in a cocktail shaker and shake well

Pour over ice into a chilled highball glass

Fill glass with your choice of cola and garnish with lime wedge.

1 oz. of dark rum will add a knick to this drink


Alcoholic Tropical Drinks:



2 oz. of dark rum

2 oz. of light rum

1 oz. of 151-proof rum

1 oz. triple sec

1 tsp. of Pernod

1 oz. fresh lime juice

1 oz. fresh orange juice

1 oz. pineapple juice

1 oz. guava juice

1 tbsp. of Grenadine

1 tbsp. of Orgeat (almond) syrup

Combine all ingredients with cracked ice in a blender.

Blend until smooth

Pour into a chilled Collins glass and garnish with pineapple spear and a sprig of fresh mint

You can also add a plastic eye ball to the top of the drink

Singapore Sling:

3 oz. of gin

1 oz. of cherry brandy

1 oz. fresh lemon juice

1 tsp. of bar sugar

Sparkling water

maraschinco cherry

Orange slice

  1. Combine all ingredients, except sparkling water, brandy, and fruit, with cracked             ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well and pour into a Collins glass over ice cubes.             Fill with sparkling water and float brandy on top. Garnish with the orange slice.


This is one of my favorites.

2 oz. dark rum

1 oz. brandy

½ oz of orgeat (almond) syrup

11/2 oz. fresh lemon juice

11/2 oz. of fresh orange juice

Combine all ingredients with cracked ice in a blender

Blend until smooth and pour into a margarita glass

Garnish with slices of orange and lemon slices

  1. If it is a special or romantic occasion, float a fresh gardenia on the drink. It works          every time.

Enjoy your summer and let us know what new special drinks you have developed!

Leiko! (Let go!)

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Cinco de Mayo is sort of a holiday in Mexico.

More importantly- it is my sister Suzanne’s birthday!

Check out this link for info:


Try this great appetizer:

Nancy’s Mexican Torte

6 flour tortillas

Recipe Ingredients:

6 Flour Tortillas
1 1/2 cup Cream Cheese mixed with Taco Seasoning to taste
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1 cup Red Onions chopped

1 cup Scallions chopped
3 cans Refried Beans
4- 4oz. can Green Chiles diced
3-2 oz. can Black Olives sliced
1/2 cup Monterey Jack Cheese shredded
1 medium Tomato diced



1. Mix cream cheese and taco seasonings, sour cream and red and green onions.
2. Spread cheese mixture then refried beans on each tortilla. Distribute the remaining ingredients on each of the layers.

3. Place each layer on top of each other. Place onto greased cookie sheet.

3. Bake stacks in a 375 degree F oven for about 20 minutes. Cut each tortilla stack into quarters.

Bien Comiendo Amigo!

Happy Birthday Suzanne!

Chef Nance