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”


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.

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Just don’t go fishing while drinking. 2 oz dark rum 1½ oz hard cider 1 oz ginger beer vanilla sugar Rim an old fashioned glass with sugar. Combine ingredients over ice in the glass. Suggestion: add a few dashes of cardamom bitters.


I got a bottle of mango rum as a gift. Who, I wonder drinks such an oddity? Turns out, it makes a rather nice mojito. 2 oz mango rum ¾ oz lime juice ½ oz mint syrup soda water Combine in a collins glass. Add soda water. Fill with ice.


The epitome of a simplified drink. Two ingredients, combined in glass. No thought required. Go easy on the amaretto, or you’ll have cough syrup. 2 oz whiskey splash of amaretto Combine over ice in an old fashioned glass. For the godmother, substitute vodka for the whiskey.

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