Rob Roy

The Rob Roy is just a Manhattan made with scotch whisky instead of rye. That makes it sound similar, but in fact it tastes quite different, and is very much worth having in your repertoire. The drink is named after Rob Roy MacGregor, a Scottish folk hero and outlaw, and it would only take a […]

Negroni Cocktail

[Note: for our one-stop-shop about Negroni preparation, check out our Classic Negroni post] Ah, spring is here: the birds are chirping, the air is warmer, everyone is playing outside. I put on my Chaco sandals and we took a ride in the convertible.  It must be time for a Negroni! Unlike many classic cocktails, this […]

Vieux Carre

I tried the Vieux Carre cocktail at Boulder’s Brasserie 1010, thinking it was a house invention, and only later learning that it is a classic cocktail invented in New Orleans in the early 20th century. I was also pleased to find that it uses mostly common ingredients – everything is in our standard bar except […]

Bar Essentials – Vermouth

In a previous post, Dave discussed one type of vermouth, Bianco. We’ve also discussed other types of vermouth as mixers in some of the drinks we’ve mentioned. Some people drink this stuff straight up – which is gross IMO – but as a mixer, a couple of types of vermouth are must-have components of a […]

Jewel, Bijou, or Tailspin

Have you noticed that there is no way to search on ingredients to find the name of a cocktail? Google helps a little but it’s hit or miss. With all the mixology going on and poseurs like me and Will making up our own cocktail names, there is bound to be some name proliferation. This […]

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 […]

San Gennaro

This one was suggested by my friend and colleague Joni Klippert, and has the merit of consisting of ingredients I already have. That is, except for the Luxardo cherries, which I was long overdue to procure. 1 oz Rye 1 oz Amaro Montenegro 1 oz sweet vermouth (M&R) 1/4 oz Campari Luxardo cherry for garnish […]

Income Tax Cocktail

I was browsing recipes on Imbibe and came up with this tasty drink, the Income Tax Cocktail. It’s the weekend, so I thought I’d make it a little bigger than the recipe – here’s what I did: 2 oz Plymouth Gin 1 oz Martini & Rossi Dry Vermouth 1 oz Martini & Rossi Sweet Vermouth […]