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. […]

Juicy Mix and Match Cocktail Recipe

This cocktail recipe allows you to mix and match a large variety of liqueurs and juices to make many different drinks all using the same recipe and base spirit. Frequently, I have guests or family members who like juicy drinks. Those that aren’t dominated by the taste of any particular spirit and taste more like the mixer […]

A Pair of Green Cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day

I set out to create a drink for St. Patrick’s Day with the following goals. It’s main ingredient had to be Irish and the final product had to be green. As it turns out, the green part is a bit challenging. I tried Green Chartreuse, but the amount required to turn the drink green became […]

Mi Amore

If the French 75 that we posted about yesterday isn’t your valentine’s thing, you may want to offer up this rose-red, sweet cocktail that we came up with. The Mi Amore or My Love. A perfect gift to give if you forgot to get flowers on the way home from work on Valentine’s Day. As […]

Orange Sazerac

Yes, it’s true. I’m officially a Sazeracoholic. I love these things. Strong taste, dominated by the base liquor, plus just the right added flavor from the other ingredients to make it completely unique. The flourish required to make it properly is easy to master and adds a nice touch to the overall experience. And it […]

The New Orange

It is fairly widely known that the southern tip of Manhattan was originally settled by the Dutch and was called New Amsterdam. What is not as well known – and I certainly did not know it until I did the research for naming this cocktail – is that it was also known briefly as “New […]

Bloody Well Right

“So you think your schooling is phoney, I guess it’s hard not to agree You say it all depends on the money and who is in your family tree Right (Right), you’re bloody well right, you got the bloody right to say . . . “ Supertramp – Crime of the Century   A couple […]

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 […]

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 […]