Honeysuckle Rosé

Honeysuckle Rosé 2 oz Gruet Rosé 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 Rosé 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…

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…

Smoky Peach Margarita

  Smoky Peach Margarita 1.5 oz Espolón Reposado 100 % Agave Tequila 0.75 oz Pelotón de la Muerte Mezcal 0.25 oz Cointreau 1/2 grilled peach, preferably freestone 1.25 oz Basil Limeade Concentrate pinch of salt Pour ingredients into a blender with 7 standard ice cubes and blend on high until no chunks remain, then serve in a 12 oz glass….

Pommetini

Pommetini 1.5 oz Gin de Neige 1 oz Rouge Gorge White Cider Vermouth 1 tsp Campari 1/4 tsp cider vinegar Pour ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice, stir for 20 seconds and strain into a chilled martini glass (unless you have a cocktail glass with a fleur-de-lis, in which case, use that.) No…

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…

Key Lime Daiquiri

Key Lime Daiquiri 2 oz Key West First Legal Rum 0.75 oz key lime juice 0.75 oz simple syrup Shake with ice and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a lime wheel. I was in Key West on business last week and was thrilled, after a long day of working in a place ill…

Cornutopia

Cornutopia 8 corn purée ice cubes (recipe below) 1 standard ice cube 2 oz Four Roses Bourbon 2 oz milk 1.25 oz peach & tarragon shrub (recipe below) Blend ingredients on high until no chunks remain. Serve in 10 oz glass. Garnish with peach slice and sprig of tarragon. As Labor Day approaches and summer…

California Dreamin’

California Dreamin’ 2 oz. 100 % Agave Tequila Blanco (I like Espolón) 1.5 oz. raw lemon rosemary syrup (begin 72 hours in advance) 1 egg white Shake vigorously without ice (dry shake), then shake with ice and strain into an 8 oz. coupe. Top with chilled California brut sparkling wine (I used Piper Sonoma Brut)….

Provençal Collins

Provençal Collins 2 oz Jensen’s Bermondsey Gin 1 oz. strawberry juice 0.5 oz. honey simple syrup with lavender & black peppercorns Shake with one ice cube, then strain into a 10 oz. rocks glass filled with ice. Top with tonic water. (I used Q Tonic.) Garnish with a strawberry. I just returned from a two-week…