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tequila mockingbird

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”

pegu club

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”


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.