Category: Drink Recipes

Happy National Whiskey Sour Day!

Shake ingredients with ice, then strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Here's another of those National XYZ Days that I love so much. This time it's the Whiskey Sour's turn, a classic cocktail and one of the easiest drinks to make. I made mine with Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon and it was … Read more

Celebrating National Rum Day

Everything under the sun has its own day. And today is rum's chance! (Apparently August is also National Rum Month, but that seems to be pushing it a little.) Rum is probably my favorite spirit. It encompasses so many different possibilities. Sweet, spicy, dry, fiery, toasted, smoky, mixed in a cocktail, or enjoyed on its … Read more

Cocktail of the Day: Limoncello Cooler

Limoncello Cooler 1 1/2 oz. Limoncello1 oz. Gin1/2 oz. Lemon Juice8-10 Mint LeavesClub Soda Gently muddle the mint leaves with lemon juice in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add the limoncello and gin and shake with ice. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with a mint sprig.  

Cocktail of the Day: Bourbon Milk Punch

Bourbon Milk Punch 1 1/2 oz Bourbon Whiskey3/4 oz Simple Syrup1/2 Bar Spoon Vanilla Extract (a couple dashes)3 oz Whole Milk or Half and HalfGarnish with freshly-grated nutmeg and/or cinnamon. Shake well with ice, then strain into an ice-filled Old Fashioned glass. Mardi Gras is coming, and this classic New Orleans brunch cocktail is the … Read more

Cocktail of the Day: Cherry Daiquiri

Cherry Daiquiri 2 oz Shellback Silver Rum1 oz Lime Juice1 oz Simple Syrup2 Maraschino Cherries1 tsp Maraschino Cherry Syrup Muddle the cherries in the bottom of a mixing glass along with the juice and syrups. Add the rum and shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a glass filled with crushed ice. I used Shellback Silver … Read more

Cocktail of the Day: Sandeman Harvest Sour

  In an effort to help make one of my 2013 predictions come true, I offer a tasty cocktail made with Port wine. I know this one's a little complicated, but if you feel ambitious, it's worth the effort. Sandeman Harvest Sour 1 1/2 oz Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto1/2 oz Apple Brandy 3/4 oz Raspberry Syrup3/4 oz Lemon … Read more

Some Holiday Cocktails to Try

The bars are closed on Christmas, but that doesn't mean a festive cocktail wouldn't hit the spot. You just have to mix it up yourself. Here are some suggestions to get you started.       Whiskey Highball 2 oz Bourbon or Rye WhiskeyLemon-Lime Soda or Ginger Ale4 Dashes of Aromatic or Angostura Bitters Build over … Read more

Christmas Party Cocktail Recipes

Here are the recipes for the specialty cocktails we served at our Christmas party. They all seemed popular with our guests. Poinsettia PunchAdapted from a recipe by Frank Cisneros, Gin Palace in NYC 1 1/2 oz Gin3/4 oz Lemon Juice1/2 oz Cinnamon Syrup1/2 oz Grenadine1 tsp. St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram2 Dashes Angostura Bitters Shake with ice, … Read more

What to Drink for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is tomorrow in the U.S., that national holiday in celebration of overindulging. Millions of turkeys will be devoured, along with enough sides to make a new set of Dungeons and Dragons dice. But we're not here to talk about the bird. Wine is the traditional accompaniment for the Thanksgiving feast. Pinot Noir and Riesling make … Read more

Cocktail of the Day: Caramel Apple Cosmo

Caramel Apple Cosmo 1 1/2 oz Van Gogh Wild Appel Vodka1/2 oz Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka1/2 oz Licor 431/2 oz Lime Juice1/2 oz Cranberry Juice Shake with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. A lot of cocktail people look down their noses at vodka, especially flavored vodka. I don't get it myself. … Read more