There’s nothing as special as a good friend, except perhaps a good friend with a good bottle of wine . . .
Always strive to create temptation – a glimpse of the pleasure to come – . . .
Seduction is always more singular and sublime than sex and it commands the higher price – Jean Baudrillard . . .
Age and glasses of wine should never be counted . . .
He was a bold man that first ate an oyster – Jonathan Swift . . .
A gentleman seduces his lady’s mind before he even touches her body . . .
First we eat. Then we do everything else – M.F.K Fisher . . .
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away . . .

Jump Start 4th of July with Love Bites & Bourbon

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July 4th weekend is just around the corner and I find myself online searching for something to serve to jump start my BBQ feast.  Keeping it simple is always a plus in my book and this recipe by the Pretty Blog caught my attention. A four-ingredient recipe and no cooking required. Sweet! I’d like to serve up something other than prosecco, beer or wine to start so bourbon seemed a nice pairing.  #LoveBitesAndBourbon


Melon, Blue Cheese, Prosciutto & Basil Canapés / ThePrettyBlog – Click HERE to get the recipe

Seduction Meals July 4th Cocktail bash


BABY BOURBON SMASH  (lower left)

A very straightforward smash, this is likely what you’d get if you bellied up to most bars and asked for a ‘Whiskey Smash’

  • 1 1/2 parts Hudson Baby Bourbon
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 fresh lemon wedges
  • A couple sprigs of fresh mint  Club soda

Muddle lemons, 4-6 mint leaves, and simple syrup in the bottom of an Old Fashioned/rocks glass. Add cracked ice, Hudson Baby Bourbon, and top with a splash of club soda. Stir briefly to combine and garnish with a mint sprig.


NEW YORK SMASH (upper right)

Here’s an Empire State variation with muddled apple, a splash of ginger ale and a float of port (or red wine), like is called for in a New York Sour.

  • 1 1/2 parts Hudson Four Grain Bourbon Apple
  • Apple: a couple thinly sliced wedges
  • 1/2 part simple syrup (1:1)
  • 1/4 part Ruby Port (or a fruity red wine if you don’t have port handy)
  • Handful fresh mint Ginger Ale

Add apple slices, simple syrup, and two or three mint leaves to shaker tin (or pint glass half of ‘Boston Shaker’) and muddle together. Add Hudson Four Grain Bourbon and ice and shake well. Strain over fresh ice in Old Fashioned/rocks glass and top with


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Seduction Meals is about Food + Romance, and everything in-between. . . a sumptuous menu, alluring presentation, sensuous music, luscious cocktails and the right ambiance. Like a precious gift, preparing a romantic meal for two is about making that certain someone feel extra special. With just the right combination of ambience and culinary delights, you too can create a memorable, delicious experience for your loved one. Seduction Meals. Everyone has one - what's YOURS?



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Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.