Mango Sticky Nice

Mango Sticky Nice 3 oz Tozai Snow Maiden Junmai Nigori Sake 3 oz Mango Nectar 1 oz Tombo Shochu/Soju 0.75 oz Thai coconut syrup Shake the bottle of sake before measuring, then pour ingredients into a shaker filled with ice, shake for 20 seconds, then strain into a 12 oz collins glass filled with ice. Garnish…

Tiki Negroni

Tiki Negroni 1 oz Don Papa Rum 1 oz Campari 1 oz Lillet Blanc 0.5 oz Velvet Falernum 2 oz freshly-squeezed orange juice Place ingredients in blender with 10 standard ice cubes and blend until no ice chunks remain. Garnish with orange wheel. People are having too much fun with Negroni Week for me not…

Blackberry Mojo

Blackberry Mojo 1 oz blackberry simple syrup 8 mint leaves 2 oz Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin 0.75 oz lemon juice 2 oz prosecco Add the blackberry simple syrup and mint leaves to a mixing glass and muddle. Add the gin and lemon juice, then shake and strain into a chilled 10-oz Collins glass filled…

Easy Does It

Easy Does It 1 inch x 1/2 diameter piece of ginger, grated & juiced 1 oz Hendrick’s Gin 0.5 oz lemon juice 0.5 oz cold-infused mint simple syrup 1 can Rogue 6 Hop IPA Grate ginger onto 3″ square of cheesecloth. Wrap cheesecloth around grated ginger and squeeze the juice out into a shaker filled…

Mmm…peachmint

Mmm…peachmint 2 oz peach moonshine* (gifted. source unknown) 1 oz Don Ciccio i Figli Amaro delle Sirene (purchased. source revered) 0.25 oz Cold-infused mint simple syrup Stir with ice and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with mint sprig. It’s been a busy week in national politics. Wednesday’s appointment by the Justice Department of former FBI…

Borschtini

Borschtini 2 oz  Caraway & Dill infused Vodka (recipe below) 0.5 oz Chive Blossom Dry Vermouth (recipe below) 0.5 oz beet juice pinch of salt Shake and strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with fresh dill. After making another batch of last month’s Be Still, My Beeting Heart, I have some beet juice left over. Why not…

Tequila Sonrisa

Tequila Sonrisa 1.75 oz Olmeca Altos Plata Tequila 2 oz fresh-squeezed orange juice 1 tsp lime juice 1/4 tsp Pelotón de la Muerte Mezcal 0.75 oz rhubarb purée 0.25 oz Campari Fill a 10-ounce goblet or collins glass with ice and add tequila, the orange and lime juices and mezcal. Pass the contents of the glass…

Chicago Boulevardier

Chicago Boulevardier   1.25 oz Four Roses Bourbon Yellow Label 1.25 oz Dolin Vermouth Rouge 0.5 oz Jeppson’s Malört 0.25 oz Cointreau Stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with an orange twist. My kind of town, Chicago is. My kind of people, too. Sinatra’s song ran through…

April Showers

April Showers 2 oz Hendrick’s Gin 0.5 oz celery simple syrup (recipe below) 1.25 oz Millstone Vin de Pomme Basque-style Cider Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled coupe. Top with cider. Garnish with celery leaves. For me, spring is all about freshness — the intense smell of blossoms as you run past,…

Be Still, My Beeting Heart

Be Still, My Beeting Heart 1 1/2 tsp honey 1/2 lime, quartered 9 mint large leaves A dash of salt 2 oz Bacardi White Rum 1 oz Beet Juice 3-4 oz Prosecco Place honey, lime and mint in a shaker and muddle. Add ice, rum, beet juice and a dash of salt. Shake and strain…

Persephone’s Ascent

Persephone’s Ascent 1.5 oz Hendrick’s Gin 1.0 oz pomegranate juice 0.75 oz Henriques & Henriques Malvasia Madeira 0.5 oz lemon juice 0.25 oz homemade grenadine (recipe below) Shake ingredients, then strain into a 10-ounce collins glass filled with crushed ice . Garnish with a lemon wheel. Spring’s welcome return has me pondering the Greek myth…

Lucky Swizzle

Lucky Swizzle 1.5 oz Clement Rhum Blanc Agricole 1 oz Don Papa Rum 0.5 oz Velvet Falernum 3 oz Gingered apple, kale & lime juice  3 dashes Angostura Bitters Fill a 16 oz hurricane glass with crushed ice. Add ingredients, then swizzle until the outside of the glass is frosty. Garnish with a lime wheel….