perfect storm

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.


Never, never serve one slushed.

2 oz tequila
1½ oz triple sec
2 oz lime juice

Combine over ice in an old fashioned glass.

Alternate: combine in a shaker over ice, and strain into a cocktail glass.


I first tried the Sazerac at a packed New Orleans bar in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle called Toulouse Petit. The bartender spent a while slowly building the drink, and the result was unexpected. You can achieve 90% of the effect with much less effort. Just go easy on the absinthe.

1 ½ oz rye whiskey
1 tsp sugar
3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
¼ oz absinthe or herbsaint

By tradition: Pack an old fashioned glass with ice. In second glass, dissolve the sugar in rye and bitters. Discard the ice, and coat the glass with absinthe; discard the excess. Pour the whiskey mixture into the chilled glass.

Or, dissolve the sugar in the whiskey and bitters, add a couple of ice cubes, a few drops of absinthe, and call it good.

jersey soda

Because every cocktail list needs a crazy drink. A friend discovered this in eastern Washington. Tastes like an Italian soda.

2 oz Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka
3-4 oz diet cherry 7Up. Maybe more.

Combine over ice. Add a straw.

kir normand

We discovered this in Normandy. It replaces the champagne in a Kir Royale with cider as is fitting Normandy’s agricultural specialty. The splash of calvados (apple brandy) gives it a little extra kick.

2¼ oz hard cider
½ oz crème de cassis
½ oz calvados

Combine over ice in an old fashioned glass.

Alternate: Chill ingredients, and serve without ice in champagne flute.


Some people will tell you that greyhounds demand vodka. There’s few vodka drinks that cannot be improved with gin.

2 oz gin
2 oz grapefruit juice
splash of triple sec

Combine in a shaker over ice, and strain into a cocktail glass.

Alternate: vodka

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