Category: Drink Recipes

Cocktail of the Day: Eastern Sour

Eastern Sour2 oz Bourbon2 oz Orange Juice3/4 oz Lemon Juice1/2 oz Orgeat Shake with ice, then strain into a double old-fashioned glass filled with crushed ice. Adapated from a recipe by Jeff "Beachbum" Berry. Originally created by Trader Vic as a Tiki attempt to persuade whiskey drinkers to join the party. 

Ask the Professor: Recommend a Cocktail

Julie H. writes in to ask: My brother recently turned 50 and we're having him and his partner over for dinner. I'd like to offer them some cool potent potable at this gala, yet casual, event. They mostly order dry martinis when we're out, but they love trying new things. Mostly they're not into sweet, but my … Read more

Brandy & Liqueur Reviews: Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac and Dry Curaçao

Pierre Ferrand 1840 Original Formula CognacBrandy/CognacFinal Grade: B+Price: $45 (750ml) Pierre Ferrand Dry CuraçaoOrange LiqueurFinal Grade: A-Price: $30 (750ml) Cognac Ferrand is one of the hottest companies in the spirits world today. Mixologists, critics and connoisseurs have been following the French distillery with great interest as they introduce one excellent product after another. The force … Read more

Cocktail of the Day: Scorpion (a la Trader Vic)

Scorpion 2 oz Light Rum1 oz Brandy1 1/2 oz Orange Juice1/2 oz Lemon Juice3/4 oz Orgeat Shake with a lot of crushed ice and then pour unstrained into a large glass. A version of Trader Vic's classic Scorpion Bowl, a drink served in a large bowl for 2-4 guests to enjoy, rejiggered to an individual … Read more

Marie Brizard USA Cocktail Challenge Finals

Marie Brizard makes some of my favorite liqueurs, and their cocktail competition at the recent Tales of the Cocktail featured some really interesting drinks. Here is the winner: And the winner of the Marie Brizard USA Cocktail Challenge Finals is…  Miami’s Robert Montero of Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, with his winning cocktail, “Sunny Crusta!” Robert received a cash prize of … Read more

Cocktail of the Day: The Last Minute

In celebration of the launch of his new book, The Last Minute, my friend Jeff Abbott has created a cocktail. It's called, appropriately enough, The Last Minute. In this video, he shows you how to make one. The Last Minute, the second thriller featuring Sam Capra, is already getting some great reviews. Booklist called it "a … Read more

Cocktail of the Day: Sangria del Matrimonio

Not a cocktail, per se, but a great drink for the summertime. I made this recently at a party for my brother-in-law's wedding (thus the name) and it was a big hit. Sangria del Matrimonio 750-ml Bottle of Dry White Wine5 oz Grand Marnier8 oz Pineapple Juice12 oz Peach Soda or Nectar Mix in a … Read more

Cocktail of the Day: Skinny Colada

Skinny Colada 2 oz Jamaican Rum2 oz Coconut Water1 1/2 oz Pineapple JuiceSplash (squeeze) of Lime Juice Stir in a glass with ice. A cool, flavorful drink without a lot of calories. Make sure to use a good quality rum, since there isn't a lot of syrup covering it up.