Category: Cocktails

Video: How to Make the Perfect Mai Tai

A demonstration from Val, a bartender at the recently closed PKNY Tiki bar in New York City. He has a somewhat unusual method regarding the shaking and the ice, although what he’s doing makes sense. I tend to prefer a little less lime juice in mine — 3/4 ounce — but I’m not as big … Read more

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

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

Christmas Party Cocktail Menu

Here’s the drinks menu from our big Christmas party last weekend. The most popular were the Spiced Pear Margarita and Grand Cherry Tiki. The only one I had was a Poinsettia Punch, and it was delicious. I’ll share the recipes later this week. Tiki LoungeChristmas Party Today’s Specials Tom and JerryA 19th-century variation on Egg … Read more

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

The Manhattan Project

Kevin Sintumuang had an excellent article in the Wall Street Journal recently on one of the best, most enduring cocktails of all: the Manhattan. Take a sip. It’s not a race—just a sip. Now savor. Cinnamon. Oak. Vanilla. Mint. Cornbread. Dark cherries, even. The flavors of the Manhattan seem to go on forever. Crazy good, huh? … Read more

New Year’s Resolutions: New Drinking Rules for 2012 offers their resolutions for the new year — some interesting advice you might want to consider. (The commentary is adapted from their piece. It’s not mine. But I agree with it.) Have nightcaps and aperitifs At least once this year, try this classic style of imbibing. Visit a new bar Not that long ago, … Read more