Do you long for homegrown fruits and veggies but live in an apartment with only a soil-less balcony?
Follow out posts in the Cocktail Garden Category throughout the summer of 2014 as we develop a comprehensive guide all about DIY Cocktail Gardens.
Do you want to try those fancy craft cocktails but don’t want to spend the fancy prices?
- Explore the posts and videos in the Recipes Category
Do you want to be a home mixologist but don’t have the experience in cooking or bartending?
- All of the recipes for the cocktails and mocktails are designed to be easy and doable at home. No molecular, smoking cocktails here, but you will find creative, fresh unique recipes that are all about celebrations, entertaining or just relaxing.
Do you want to throw casual cocktail parties but aren’t sure what appetizers and/or drinks to serve?
- The Appetizer Category will include easy, fun appetizers that are great for entertaining and paired to complement the beverage recipes. This category is the last to be developed and will not start appearing until the fall of 2014.
Do you want to do something special for holidays or to celebrate loved ones’ birthdays?
- Explore the Holiday/Celebration Category
Does your guest list include both drinkers and non-drinkers? Got a new sodastream but hate the commercial syrups that come with it?
Explore the Mocktails Category
Want to add flair to your beverages with unique, infused shrub syrups?
- Explore the Syrups and Shrub Syrups Category
Who is Dorothy Stainbrook?
I recently told my son that I have divided my life into three distinct categories: The Exploration years; the Parenting Years and the Entrepreneur Years.
The Exploration Years involves my years as a 20-something, where I explored the inner world of relationships and ambitions and as much of the physical world as possible through bicyclying and travel. During this exploration phase I worked my way through rent and basics by bartending.
Once I met my lifelong mate and we had a family I entered the Parenting Years where the focus was all about my kids and ensuring they had the best opportunities for making it in the world as we could provide. During this phase I worked as an environmental planner (both private and for the state of MN) until I had to quit to take care of my daughter’s medical needs.
The Entrepreneur Years didn’t really start in earnest until my kids started driving and subsequently went to college. Although initially wary of the empty nest syndrome, I have found this Entrepreneur phase of my current life to be surprisingly creative and invigorating. Every morning I wake up with a new energy and drive to “create” that I didn’t know existed in me.
My hope is to focus this energy and call on my past experience with life and bartending to bring you something of value. Whether it be inspiration, solving a gardening problem or helping you ease into the fun and social aspects of mixology, my goal is to provide information that might help you add even a little more enjoyment to your life.