Mother’s Ruin

Mother’s Ruin 2 oz Tozai Snow Maiden Junmai Nigori Sake 1 oz Green Hat Classic Gin 1 oz cucumber juice 1.5 tsp rice vinegar syrup 0.5 tsp Miso Master Organic Mellow White Miso Pour rice vinegar syrup into shaker, use a bar spoon to muddle and stir miso into it, then add remaining ingredients and ice and…

Boulevardier for Cherry’s Sake

Boulevardier for Cherry’s Sake 1 oz Bulleit Bourbon 1 oz Martini & Rossi Vermouth Rosso 1 oz Don Ciccio & Figli Cerasum Aperitivo 0.5 oz Tozai Snow Maiden Junmai Nigori Sake Stir and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with 3 bourbon-soaked or Luxardo Marischino cherries. Today is the apex of DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival….

Carrot Kefir Punch

Carrot Kefir Punch 2 oz Daron Calvados 2 oz plain unsweetened Kefir (I used Lifeway organic Kefir.) 1.5 oz carrot turmeric juice (recipe below) 0.5 oz tamarind syrup (recipe below) Shake with ice and strain into a chilled 8 to 10-ounce goblet with one large ice cube. Garnish with grated nutmeg. I’m never going to…

Soju Slalom

Soju Slalom 2 oz Tombo Soju / Shochu 0.5 oz Citron Tea concentrate 0.5 oz Stirrings Ginger Liqueur| 0.25 oz yuzu juice 1 oz Kook Soon Dang Makgeolli Sparkling Rice Wine Original Shake and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a mountain of ginger meringue. [Recipe below] The only thing better than chilling on the couch…

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. 😉 ] The only thing better than a bomb cyclone is a bomb cyclone…

Inner Glow

h Inner Glow 1.5 oz Espolón 100 % Agave Tequila Blanco 0.75 oz homemade crème de cacao [Recipe below] [Tempus Fugit’s is an excellent substitute.] 0.25 oz Mezcal Alipús 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 Cóctel de los Muertos 1.5 oz Espolón…

I Think I’m Falling for You

I Think I’m Falling for You 2 oz Bacardí 8 Años 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 Björk 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…