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I’m Amy Traynor, a New Hampshire-based cocktail blogger, author, and photographer. My background is in art, photography, and marketing, but I've been a full-time content creator since 2018.
In 2020, I published two cocktail books: Essential 3-Ingredient Cocktails and The Essential Bar Book for Home Mixologists. The Essential Bar Book has been a consistent best-seller on Amazon, with over 1000 5 star ratings and over 30k copies sold.
In 2018, my blog was the winner of Saveur Magazine's Best Drinks Blog Award.
Elderberry Sake Spritz #ad I’ve partnered with @takarasakeusa to share some more delicious sake cocktails and here’s an easy one featuring MIO Sparkling Sake! 1 oz elderflower liqueur 1 oz elderberry juice 1/2 oz lime juice Top with MIO Sparkling Sake #sake #takarasakeusa #sakecocktails #cocktails #cocktailrecipe #drinkstagram #happyhour #elderberry #drinks #drinkrecipes
Empress Champagne Bramble I’m excited to partner again with @empress1908gin on this fun riff on the classic Bramble! #ad #SimplyStunningEmpress If you’re like me, you probably don’t often have leftover champagne…but if you ever find yourself with some leftover, flat bubbly, don’t dump it, use it in a syrup! Any flat sparkling wine on the drier side will do. Here I’ve added some blackberries and fresh thyme for a beautifully nuanced, fruity cocktail syrup. 2 oz Empress Gin 1 oz lemon juice 1 oz blackberry champagne simple syrup* *To make the syrup, combine 1 cup each sugar and sparkling wine. Heat gently and stir until the sugar dissolves. Add 1 cup of blackberries, increase the heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Remove the mixture from the heat and add a sprig or two of fresh thyme. Allow the liquid to cool, then strain out the solids. #empressgin #sipresponsibly 21+ #gin #gincocktails #gintime #ginspiration #ginstagram #drinkstagram #drinks #drinkrecipe #leftovers #champagne #champagnesyrup
Toasted Marshmallow Simple Syrup My favorite way to sweeten scratch made hot cocoa! 🍫 Handful of toasted @kraftjetpuffed marshmallows 1 cup water 1 cup sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla extract Toast the marshmallows to your desired level of toastiness. Combine the water and sugar over medium heat and stir. Once the sugar has dissolved, bring the mixture to a simmer and add the marshmallows. Stir to melt them into the syrup. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Allow the liquid to cool before bottling. Strain with cheesecloth to remove burnt particles, if they bother you. Fine mesh strainers will only remove larger particles. #simplesyrup #cocktailsyrups #cocktails #craftcocktails #toastedmarshmallow #smores #drinkstagram #coctel #syrup #marshmallow #jetpuff #drinks #drinkrecipe
🍊Hummingbird garnish Yes, I’m already gearing up for all those spring and summer drinks 😆 #garnish #garnishgame #drinks #cocktails #garnishing #cocktailgarnish #drinkstagram #craftcocktails #hummingbird #fancy
I’m closing out 2022 with a cube in a coupe and a sparkling sake sbagliato! I’ve partnered again with the lovely @takarasakeusa to showcase the Sho Chiku Bai MIO Sparkling Sake, an effervescent, pleasantly sweet sake with notes of melon and peach. Thank you for all the love, kindness, friendship, and support this year. It’s been a challenging one. Wishing you and the entire #drinkstagram community a very happy and healthy 2023! Sparkling Sake Sbagliato 1 oz sweet vermouth 1 oz Campari 1 oz MIO Sparkling Sake #takarasakeusa #sake #sakedrinks #sakecocktails #happynewyear #cocktails #instadrinks #cocktailrecipes #drinks #drinkrecipe #sparklingsake
SO excited to receive this limited edition @PepsiGlobal flavor, just in time for all the spiced holiday drinks! #ad You’ve probably heard of #pilk and cookies, but this spiced Pepsi cold brew float takes it to a whole new level. Fun fact: in addition to being a quintessential holiday spice, “nutmeg” is also a soccer (or football, depending on where you’re from) move in which a player tricks his opponent and kicks the ball through his legs. Pepsi Nutmeg Cold Brew Float 2 scoops coffee ice cream 1 oz cinnamon orange syrup 2 oz cold brew coffee Top with #PepsiNutmeg Garnish with whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg. #ThirstyForMore #Pepsi #holidaydrinks #mocktail #ad #nutmeg #drinks #drinkstagram #instadrinks #drinkoftheday #icecreamfloat #dessertdrinks #coffee #coffeefloat #coldbrew #cocktail
🫖 Let’s make a Sake Hot Toddy! #ad Hot Toddies are such a great cold weather classic cocktail and you can make them with all kinds of spirits. I made a quince syrup recently and it was the perfect delicate flavor to complement Sho Chiku Bai Classic Junmai sake from @takarasakeusa. Sake Hot Toddy 2 oz Sho Chiku Bai Classic Junmai Sake 1/2 oz lemon juice 1/2 oz quince syrup* 4 oz boiling water Garnish with a slice of green apple and a cinnamon stick *Tip: Apple syrup, honey syrup, or chamomile tea simple syrup are also great choices here! #sakecocktails #hottoddy #winterdrinks #holidaydrinks #sake #shochikubai #takarasakeusa #drinkstagram #cocktailrecipe #drinks #coctel #instadrinks #bartender
It’s officially Bourbon season and I’ve partnered with @heavenhilldistillery to create this heavenly fall Old Fashioned! #ad Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond is a small batch, 7-year-old Bourbon that is great for sipping neat with aromas of vanilla and honey, and flavors of caramel, oak, and spice. I love its caramel and honey notes paired with the sweetness and acidity of my pear ginger shrub. It makes for a bold and flavorful Old Fashioned—the perfect way to warm up on these chilly fall evenings. Autumn Old Fashioned 1 ½ oz Heaven Hill Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon ¼ oz pear ginger honey shrub syrup* 1 dash Angostura bitters 1 dash orange bitters Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a rocks glass over a large cube. Garnish with an orange twist and a slice of pear. #heavenhill #bourbon #bottledinbond #whiskey *Pear Ginger Honey Shrub Syrup 1 cup apple cider vinegar ½ cup honey ½ cup sugar 2 oz ginger juice 1 cup chopped pear Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Once bubbling, reduce the heat and simmer until the pears are soft, but not mushy. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool fully before straining out the solids. #cocktails #cocktailrecipes #drinkstagram #instadrinks #oldfashioned #shrubsyrup #falldrinks #bartender