Category: Drink Recipes

Cocktail of the Day: Millionaire Cocktail

Millionaire Cocktail2 oz Dark Jamaican Rum1 oz Sloe Gin1 oz Apricot Brandy3/4 oz Lime Juice Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Adapted from a recipe by Ted "Dr. Cocktail" Haigh (Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails), which was itself adapted from a recipe in Harry Craddock's The Savoy Cocktail Book.

Cocktail of the Day: Red Berry Delicious

Red Berry Delicious 1 1/2 oz Raspberry Vodka1/2 oz Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur1/2 oz Licor 433 Large Srawberries1 oz Lemon Juice1/2 oz Demerara Sugar Syrup In a mixing glass, muddle the strawberries with the lemon juice and sugar syrup. Add the remaining ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. (If you … Read more

Liqueur Review: PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur

PAMA Pomegranate LiqueurFruit LiqueurFinal Grade: A-Price: $24 (750ml) PAMA is the category leader in pomegranate liqueurs for a reason — it is by far the best one on the market. There are only a few of them out there, and none captures the pure flavor of pomegranate as well as PAMA does. In an area where … Read more

Aquavit Review: Krogstad Aquavit

Krogstad AquavitAquavitFinal Grade: APrice: $26 (750ml) Aquavit (or Akvavit) is a traditional Scandinavian distilled spirit. It begins life as a neutral grain (or potato) spirit, just as vodka and gin do. It is then infused with various herbs and spices, notably star anise and caraway seeds. In that sense, it's similar to a Danish/Swedish/Norwegian version of gin. … Read more

Drink Recipe: Sangrita

Not to be confused with Sangria, the Spanish wine and fruit punch, Sangrita ("little blood") is the traditional accompaniment to tequila in Mexico. This spicy, tangy, tomatoey beverage is the perfect accompaniment to agave spirits. It helps to cleanse the palate between drinks of tequila, dampening the fire with a little kick of its own. … Read more

Taste Test: Silver Tequilas

Last weekend we had family visiting from California, which could only mean one thing: I was mixing up cocktails. We were making Mexican food for dinner, so we decided to spice it up a little by having a tequila tasting to kick things off. I brought out five varieties of silver (or blanco) tequilas to … Read more

Celebrating (?) Income Tax Day – with a cocktail

Today is Income Tax Day in the United States, the day when federal income tax filings are due. It's usually April 15, but it was pushed back two days this year because the 15th was a Sunday (and the 16th was Emancipation Day). Hopefully you've filed your tax returns already and the damage wasn't too … Read more

Martinez Drink Recipe – The Original Genever Version

Regarded by most cocktail historians as the forerunner of the Martini, the Martinez exists in many variations. Although it is seldom drunk today, it's one of the classic cocktails for a reason, and definitely something you should try. I mixed up one in the original fashion, using Dutch genever instead of the more typical London … Read more

Vanilla Berry Fizz Drink Recipe

I've been playing around with Tuaca this week. It's a vanilla and citrus-flavored liqueur, originally from Italy, but now produced in the United States. The sweet vanilla flavor dominates, with the brandy and citrus (orange, I believe) taking a backseat. Tuaca enjoyed a burst of popularity a few years back when bartenders started mixing it … Read more