Aviation Cocktail

How to make a great Aviation Cocktail at home – details, descriptions, background and variations.

Classic Martinez

I tried a few times to make a Martinez for our Classics series, and each time I messed up and made the Modern Martinez instead. This is because most recipes now use the modern ratios (much stronger), and you have to look specifically for the classic recipe. The Martinez is best known as the predecessor […]

The Last Word

Never fear, loyal Consumatorium readers, we are not shutting down. No, The Last Word is a prohibition-era cocktail that was rediscovered and popularized about a decade ago. It’s tasty and tart, and while the first sip is a little overpowering, it goes down very easily after that. The lime juice, while significant, is balanced well […]

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 […]

Not a Martinez

Well, I thought I had been making the classic Martinez recipe, but it turns out I had the gin and vermouth quantities mostly reversed, ending up with something more like an augmented Martini (recall that the original Martini used sweet vermouth). Turns out to be a pretty nice cocktail, whatever it’s called. 2 oz Plymouth […]

Aviation Cocktail

The Aviation Cocktail is a classic drink – one of those created by some bartender at a fancy hotel in New York during the early 20th century like a thousand other drinks. The drink has an unusual flavor with the gin balanced by the sweetness of the maraschino liquor. 2 oz Gin 1/2 oz Maraschino […]

Brooklyn

The Brooklyn is one of the cocktails that got me interested in the larger world of ingredients. It’s a classic from the 1800s, but one of the key ingredients is an amaro called Amer Picon, which is not generally imported into the U.S. Some bars (including Boulder’s Bitter Bar) even attempt to make their own […]