Auld Alliance

The Auld Alliance was an alliance between Scotland and France in the late Middle Ages, primarily against England. This cocktail is the latest in my quest to finish off nearly empty bottles from my bar, so the quantities are just what I had left. I added the vodka to make it stronger, and because it’s […]

Testing Quantities

One of the challenges for the amateur mixologist is trying to find the right ratios of ingredients. Even with classic cocktails, you can find recipes with a range of ratios, and you need to decide how you like it made, not only for enjoyment’s sake but to “make it your own.” Unfortunately, it’s a bit […]

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 […]

Lockjaw

Back in the day, Will and I used to drink more than our fair share of Rusty Nails. There was a restaurant, Callahan’s (it still exists, but they moved and were never the same), that served them in pint glasses for $3. OK, that was almost 30 years ago, so it would be like $6 […]