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Welcome to it's all about the cocktail, a unique site for you to explore. It's all about the cocktail you could say is the story of my life. I love to share my passion for creating mouth-watering cocktails with friends, family and now I can share with you, my loyal readers. Read on, share your thoughts & enjoy!

May 11, 2020

We visited Black and  Grey Brewing Co. near us in West Dundee, Illinois. This was shortly after they had just opened, and parking was limited but we found a space behind the place.   I 

October 6, 2019

We were invited to celebrate the 4th of July by our friends and old neighbors Mitch & Michelle at their place in Barrington Hills, Illinois they call Wee Acres Farm.

 They have many animals that need tending to and a slew of resident dogs.  They are starting a new busin...

August 11, 2019

So, months ago, we went on the Barrington Wine Walk thru the streets of Barrington where different businesses had stop in, explore the place, and treat you to complimentary wine and sometimes snacks.

At first, we started out on the trolley, but then found ourselves walk...

January 12, 2019

We met with friends at in Algonquin.

The place is near Randall on Berg street. That night seemed overly busy and we waited 2 or 3 deep at the bar.

I ordered a sampler flight to try the beers. I liked the IPA and ordered a 10 oz glass.  We took ou...

September 26, 2018

So, I was doing some research into what white rum works best in a Mojito. I tried Appleton, Bacardi, Blue Chair Bay, Captain Morgan, El Dorado 3, Havana Club (Puerto Rico), Sammy's beach bar, and have bought Cruzan I need to try yet.  I do want to get into the cuban ru...

September 17, 2018

 Have you been to any good bars or breweries in the Chicago-land Northwest suburbs?  Please share!

Copper Fiddle Distillery

This weekend we visited the Copper Fiddle Distillery in Lake Zurich, IL. 

It's an intimate place where you can sample & buy great small-batch d...

August 31, 2018

 We were happy to have an end of summer cocktail party. Many thanks to those who brought bottles!

 Dima & Tania brought a huge golf club filled with 100% agave tequila. WOW!!


August 14, 2018

Everybody told me how hard it is to start a website and that 

 I could never do it myself.

Thru Wix it is easy.. They help you build it.

click on the pic or click here > 

and see how easy it is. 

You could have yours going in no t...

May 7, 2018

So May 5th was not only Cinco de Mayo, but the Kentucky Derby day.  I had to have a mint julep that day. It's pretty much just bourbon, mint, sugar and crushed ice.. (I used agave instead of sugar). 

 I didn't have any Woodford Reserve like they served at the...

May 3, 2018

St. Patrick's Day 2018 was a fun time.  I had a huge inflatable leprechaun out front to greet everyone.

 (sorry about the finger in the shot).

Dawn & Rick brought a custom cake along with several bottles. That was very thoughtful!

Sophie asked, "can I smell it" ?


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My story

Ray O'Brien

A life-changing car crash, being in a coma for 33 days and having to start my life all over again due to drinking and driving, led me to creating this site where I can advocate drinking responsibly. At the same time, I wanted to share my passion for creating cocktails at home for my friends and family, and now with you. 

So please check out my videos, and posts. Share your thoughts and have a drink, cheers!


Thanks for your interest in it's all about the cocktail. For more information, feel free to get in touch and I will get back to you soon!


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