This one’s based on the French 75. 1 ½ oz cognac or brandy ½ oz lillet ½ oz simple syrup ½ oz lemon juice combine in shaker over ice, strain into cocktail glass.
Hemmingway’s drink of choice. 2 oz white rum ¼ oz luxardo maraschino ½ oz fresh lime juice ½ oz fresh grapefruit juice Combine in shaker over ice, strain into cocktail glass.
2 oz scotch whiskey ¾ lemon juice ¾ orange juice 2 tsp grenadine combine in shaker over ice, strain into cocktail glass. garnish with maraschino cherry and orange slice.
This was a name, suggested by my daughter, in search of a drink. Of course it needed tequila. And it had to be dark. Initially I drizzled the cassis into the bottom of the glass. But to avoid a margarita flavor and an overwhelming sweetness at the end, I stirred the drink with my finger.Continue reading “tequila mockingbird”
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”