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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
I'm starting a new feature here on Professor Cocktail: Ask the Professor. This is your chance to write in and ask me anything. I may not have an answer…but if I don't, I can probably make something up. Kevin writes to ask: Would you mind posting the nutrition information for the Small Hand Foods Orgeat … Read more