Making a Real Brooklyn Cocktail with Amer Picon

  Walking into any decent cocktail bar and ordering a Brooklyn Cocktail with Amer Picon will almost assuredly elicit a sad story about the dilution and final death of Amer Picon and how the bartender has spent years trying to create his or her own version of it. Amer Picon was, after all, an original and […]

High West Campfire Whiskey Cocktail

Calling this a cocktail is liking calling a pop song a symphony. Simply put, High West’s Campfire Whiskey is excellent as it is. Like all great spirits, though, sometimes it’s nice to create something more by adding other flavors and even consistencies. In this case, the combination is delicious and couldn’t be easier to make. […]

The Manhattan Cocktail

The Manhattan Cocktail is one of the most recognized cocktail names, with a recipe that has remained largely stable for a hundred years. It is a strong drink – too strong for those who primarily drink wine and beer – and it amplifies rather than softens the flavor of the whiskey that is its base. […]

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. […]

American Trilogy

The American Trilogy is decidedly not a classic cocktail. Created in 2007 at New York’s Little Branch bar, it’s a relatively new drink with a name that is a bit of a conundrum. While it’s primary ingredients, Rye and Laird’s Apple Brandy are truly all-‘merican, the only other ingredients are orange bitters and sugar. If you choose […]

Cocktail a la Louisiane – The Best Classic Drink You’ve Never Heard Of

This drink is more commonly known as the a la Louisiane or just la Louisiane these days. That is, of course, if you can find a bartender who has even heard of it. When a friend recently took me to Tavern Road, the terrific craft bar in Boston, the bartender suggested I try this based […]

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 […]

The Gotham

A while back, I went to the Mermaid Inn on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. There I had a drink called The Gotham, a Manhattan derivative. While the drink list gave me the ingredients, I wasn’t convincing enough to get the recipe from the bartender. After playing with it a bit, though, I think I’ve recreated […]