High West Campfire Whiskey Cocktail

Calling this a cocktail is liking calling a pop song a symphony. Simply put, High West’s Campfire Whiskey is excellent as it is. Like all great spirits, though, sometimes it’s nice to create something more by adding other flavors and even consistencies. In this case, the combination is delicious and couldn’t be easier to make. […]

Paper Plane Cocktail

A few weeks back, I was perusing cocktail blogs looking for an interesting drink to try and I stumbled across the Paper Plane Cocktail on the Treats + Eats Blog (thanks, Maya!). The drink, apparently, comes from the Little Branch Bar in the West Village of NYC. When I first looked at the recipe, which includes Amaro, […]

Peat Wash – A Smoky Whiskey Cocktail

Sometimes, drinks taste better in my imagination than they do once I make them. This was true for this drink when I started. While making some cocktails the other night, I thought it would be interesting to combine a smooth and balanced Rye drink with the strong peat smoked taste and smell of an Islay Scotch whisky. […]

Stocking Up

I recently changed residences, and my new home – which will not surprise anyone – has a really nice bar. I had allowed my liquor inventory to deplete prior to the move, in part because there would be less to move, but also because the additional space would allow me to buy more full-size bottles. […]

Dog Sled Accident

Bourbon and Amaro. That’s it. I could end this blog post here, and you could probably figure it out, and it will be good. But if I did that I probably wouldn’t be earning my keep. I first tried this drink at my friend John’s ski condo – he always puts me on the spot […]

Robert’s Revenge

Bob and Micki had another gathering where I tried some recipes using the Peruvian bitters (shown in first photo) Bob brought back from his most recent trip there, truly risking life and limb for the cause of mixology. We tried several recipes in fast succession, using the handy 2.5 oz mini glasses that Will bought […]

Triage

I invented this drink a couple of months ago, when I was experimenting again with Perfect Martini variations (see En Banc for another). I was trying to come up with something that those who disdain vermouth could enjoy, but without the sweetness of the En Banc. This cocktail was the result. At first I was […]

Scottish Sombrero

Dave’s Lockjaw got me thinking about Drambuie and its potential to add sweet flavor to other base liquors, Tequila in particular. I played around with several combinations and a variety of bitters to offset the natural sweetness of the Tequila/Drambuie combo. I decided that an Amaro worked well – a bit heavy, but was a […]

En Banc

You’ve been wondering, I’m sure, whether I’m on the wagon, given the dearth of posts. Never fear. I’ve been experimenting with variations on the Perfect Martini, and hadn’t found a combination worthy of sharing (though some were good and probably just need ratio work). A Perfect Martini is one that includes both sweet and dry […]

B&B&B

The B&B is a classic after dinner drink – so classic, in fact, that you can get it pre-bottled. It stands for Brandy and.Benedictine (even quantities), and it is a tasty combo. Never content, I decided to mix it with bitters – specifically, an Amaro – for the third B. Really good – and a […]