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. […]

The Highball

Highballs are a very different category of cocktail from what we’ve looked at so far on this blog. They have a much lower concentration of alcohol, making them appropriate and enjoyable for those who don’t like more ‘boozy’ drinks. They’re also nice with dinner, since they don’t need to be sipped. In general, a highball […]

Wilted Poinsettia

I was playing with some mint for an upcoming post and decided to just invent something. The mint plus Campari makes this look like a poinsettia that died around New Year’s Day, but is still in the house in February. It’s a tasty drink, with some elements of a mint julep and a Manhattan. 2 […]

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 […]

Cognitive Deficit

This cocktail recipe is courtesy of my long time friend and colleague Randy O’Reilly and his brother-in-law Dave Marr. It’s really flavorful and brings out the Chartreuse without being dominated by it. Also, a lot of cocktails with orange juice just taste like OJ + booze, but here it actually blends. I invented the name, […]

Golden Gibson

A Gibson is a dry martini with a cocktail onion instead of an olive or lemon twist. I felt like an experiment so I added Grand Marnier and a little absinthe. Nice combo – I like the color and it’s just a mildly flavored martini. 2 oz Gin 1 oz dry vermouth 1 oz Grand […]

El Monje Loco

This one is my invention and I’m damn proud of it. First, the name: I was calling it “Crazy Monk” due to the tequila / Benedictine combo. Then my friend Mauricio pointed out that there is a sort of cartoon character in Mexico named “El Monje Loco”, which is as close to a precise translation […]

The Upper West Side

Yesterday, Dave posted Best. Manhattan, Evar. I made the drink tonight and it is fabulous. A must try. But, I don’t think that making it a Manhattan derivative does it justice. It is a bit sweeter and has more body than a Manhattan. I believe it deserves its own name and I have christened it […]