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…

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…