Ginger Beer Refresher

It’s the first day of summer and it’s time to think about serving refreshing drinks by the gallon. Who wants to wait on guests mixing finicky drinks when it’s hot outside anyway? It’s great when you can mix ’em up in volume and have people serve themselves. How are you gonna keep them happy and […]

East Meets West

I love the taste of ginger and had been thinking of picking up a bottle of ginger liqueur for a while (Domain de Canton in particular) to see what kinds of alcoholic taste fantasies I could fulfill (get your mind out of the gutter, it’s just a drink). After almost depleting the contents of a bottle, I […]

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 […]

Faux Fruit Cocktail

Hardly any explanation needed. A bunch of fruity ingredients, but no actual fruit (except the cherry). It actually bears more than a passing resemblance in flavor to canned fruit cocktail. 1 oz gin 1 oz Applejack Brandy 1/2 oz grenadine 1/4 oz lemon juice 2 hearty dashes orange bitters Luxardo cherry

Table Scraps #1

Sometimes you’re at a friend’s house, it’s cocktail hour, and all he or she has in the back of a bottom kitchen cabinet is the most random collection of liquor you’ve ever seen. You should view this not as a disappointing debacle, but rather as an opportunity to practice your skills. I have this evening […]

Norman Conquest

Well, I’ve been refining this drink over the last few days and it’s eerily similar to the En Banc that Dave has been working on. In my creation, I use Regan’s Orange Bitters while Dave uses Amaro. Dave came at his drink while thinking about refining a perfect martini and I came to mine while thinking […]

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 […]

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 […]

Williamsburg Cocktail

It’s “spring” in Colorado, which means “winter every other week.” Just as some have been pulling their warm-weather clothes out of the closet, I’ve recently made a few warm weather cocktails, like the Negroni and the Scotch and Soda. But tonight we’re expecting a foot of snow and it’s blustery outside, so I’m back to […]

Will’s Antiquato

Several years ago, I was at a charity auction and bid on and won the opportunity to work with a bartender at a restaurant to create my own drink and then to have that drink featured on the restaurant’s menu for a month. The restaurant, Rocca, in Boston’s South End is now out of business. […]