The challenge here was to make a 20th Century when I had nearly none of the ingredients. It has a interesting, candy-like flavor without the cloying sweetness of a chocolate bar. ½ creme de cocoa (dark) 2 gin ½ triple sec 1 lemon If what you have on hand is light creme de cocoa, I’d suggestContinue reading “wonka”
2 oz bourbon ½ oz lavender syrup Combine in a Collins glass. Stir. Fill completely with ice. Garnish with lavender sprig.
A simple, bitter orange drink created from bar boredom and the need to use a three-year-old bottle of Aperol. Tastes like a clear, purified screwdriver. 2 oz Aperol 1¼ oz Gin For a sweeter version, add a splash of triple sec. Shake over ice and serve in a martini glass, or serve in an oldContinue reading “tuscan screwdriver”
Based on the Seelbach, a classic cocktail from the namesake Louisville bar, discovered nearly simultaneously in Mother Jones and in a book on bitters. My version eliminates the extraneous champagne, which simply waters down the drink. 2 oz bourbon 1 oz Cointreau or triple sec 7 dashes Angostura bitters 7 dashes Peychaud’s bitters Combine allContinue reading “sealback”
A classic cocktail from the namesake Burmese lounge, discovered in a book on bitters, a gift from friends. Subtly citrus. Delicious. 2 oz gin ¾ oz curacao or triple sec ½ oz lime (half lime) 1 dash Angostura bitters 1 dash orange bitters Combine in shaker over ice, and strain into cocktail glass.
Of course you must have a martini, always gin, never vodka. Most people use vermouth. If so, add just a splash of sweet–not dry–vermouth. Use the best quality gin you can afford, such Dry Fly. 2 oz gin 1-2 dashes orange bitters Combine in shaker over ice, and strain into cocktail glass. Serve ice cold, withContinue reading “martini”
Friends in Copenhagen brought this over in a mason jar, on their bikes. 2 oz vodka ½ oz gingerbread syrup Combine in shaker over ice, and strain into cocktail glass. To make the syrup, simmer for ten minutes a cup of water, two cinnamon sticks, a teaspoon of whole cloves, and 4-5 tablespoons of chopped fresh ginger. Add oneContinue reading “gingerbread martini”
A classic example of a simplified cocktail. A quick pour of bourbon, a splash of luxardo, drop in a few ice cubes, and you’re ready to relax. This is a fresh, simple take on the old fashioned from The Back Door at Roxy’s. 2 oz bourbon or whiskey ¼ oz luxardo maraschino orange peel cherryContinue reading “modern fashion”
Created especially for a friend who loves lavender. 2 oz gin ½ oz lavender syrup ½ oz lemon juice lavender sprig Combine in a shaker over ice, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lavender sprig. Alternate: use lime juice rather than lemon juice.
Starting with a back-of-the-box recipe based on the Cuban, I left out the champagne float (what are you going to do with 730ml of left-over champagne?). Tastes like fall candy. 1½ oz dark rum ¾ oz lemon juice ¾ oz mint syrup 6 drops Scrappy’s cardamom bitters Combine in shaker over ice, and strain intoContinue reading “nuevo cuban”