Orange Blossom Special

Orange Blossom Special 2 oz Jack Daniels No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey 0.5 oz Sorghum Orange Blossom Simple Syrup 3 dashed Angostura Bitters Stir ingredients with ice until chilled, then strain into a chilled double old-fashioned glass. Garnish with orange twist. Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the Johnny Cash’s live appearance at Folsom County Prison…

Mulled Manhattan

Mulled Manhattan 2 oz mulled rye whiskey 1 oz Martini & Rossi Vermouth Rosso 3 dashes Angostura Bitters Stir ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with three Luxardo Maraschino cherries [or bourbon-soaked cherries your friend gave you. ūüėČ ] The only thing better than a bomb cyclone is a bomb cyclone…

Inner Glow

h Inner Glow 1.5 oz¬†Espol√≥n 100 % Agave Tequila Blanco 0.75 oz homemade cr√®me de cacao [Recipe below] [Tempus Fugit’s is an excellent substitute.] 0.25 oz¬†Mezcal Alip√ļs Santa Ana del Rio 1/2 tsp grapefruit & blood orange oleo saccharum [Recipe below] Stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube….

A Thanksgiving Toast

A Thanksgiving Toast 1.5 oz Bombay Dry Gin 0.75 oz Cranberry & Maple Simple Syrup (recipe below) 0.5 oz lemon juice 5 drops of Bittercube Orange Bitters 2 oz Prosecco Shake gin, simple syrup, lemon juice & bitters over ice to chill, then strain into a chilled coupe. Top with Prosecco and stir gently to…

Original Sin

Original Sin 1 oz¬†Domaine Dupont Calvados du Pays D’Auge Vieille Reserve 1 oz Rouge Gorge White Cider Vermouth 0.75 oz Cardamaro 0.25 oz Stirrings Ginger Liqueur Stir with ice and strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with an apple peel wrapped around a chunk of candied ginger. What comes to…

Happy Halloween!

I’ve had a lot on my plate lately and have not been posting as regularly as usual. I’ll be back on schedule soon, but I thought I’d repost last year’s Halloween/Day of the Dead cocktail since some of you weren’t following me back then. Have a happy Halloween! El C√≥ctel de los Muertos 1.5 oz¬†Espol√≥n…

I Think I’m Falling for You

I Think I’m Falling for You 2 oz Bacard√≠ 8 A√Īos Rum 0.5 oz ginger-infused grenadine (recipe below) 3 dashes Angostura Bitters 1.5 oz Graft Farm Flor Rustic Cider Shake the first three ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled coupe. Top with cider, and stir gently to combine. Garnish with grated nutmeg. I…

Rye Smile in a Birch Forest

Rye Smile in a Birch Forest 2 oz Michter’s US 1 Single Barrel Straight Rye 0.5 oz Foss¬†Bj√∂rk Birch Liqueur 1/2 tsp birch syrup (substitution = 1/4 tsp molasses & 1/4 tsp maple syrup) 2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters Stir to chill, then strain into a double old-fashioned glass over large ice cube. Garnish with an…

Honeysuckle Rosé

Honeysuckle Ros√© 2 oz Gruet Ros√© Brut sparkling wine 1 oz honeysuckle-infused vodka (recipe below) 0.5 oz lemon juice 1/2 tsp simple syrup 2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters Combine vodka, syrup, lemon juice and Peychaud’s in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into an iced champagne glass. Top with Ros√© Brut and stir…

Summer’s Last Hurrah

Summer’s Last Hurrah 1.25 oz. Bombay Sapphire Gin 0.75 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth 0.75 oz Plum Thyme Syrup 0.25 oz lemon juice 1/2 tsp Campari Shake and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a sprig of thyme. It’s 7:55 pm and it’s already dark. The last two peaches I ate were mealy. Yep. There’s…

Day Drinking in the Dark

Day Drinking in the Dark 1 oz Rock Creek Rye Whiskey 1 oz Dolin Sweet Vermouth 0.5 oz¬†Don Ciccio i Figli¬†Amaro¬†delle Sirene 0.25 oz Cointreau 0.25 oz balsamic vinegar Stir with ice and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with an orange twist cut to rest on the ridge of your glass. Special glasses? Check….

The Angeleno

The Angeleno 1 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin 0.75 oz Amaro Angeleno 0.75 oz St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur 0.5 oz lemon juice Shake and strain into chilled coupe. No garnish. As anyone who’s been there knows, Southern California forces an aesthetic on its landscape. It’s as if the flora are competing in a beauty contest where the…