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…

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….

Palo Santo Boulevardier

Palo Santo Boulevardier 1 oz Bulleit Bourbon 1 oz Campari 1 oz Dolin Sweet Vermouth 1/4 tsp Palo Santo wood shavings Pour ingredients into a small saucepan and cover lightly with plastic wrap. Load the The Smoking Gun™ * chamber with Palo Santo wood shavings, tuck the flexible rubber tube under the plastic wrap, turn…

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…

Beckoning Spring

Beckoning Spring 1.5 oz McClintock Distilling Company White Whiskey 1.5 oz ruby red grapefruit juice 0.5 oz Campari 0.5 oz kumquat & fennel seed simple syrup (recipe below) 1 tbs freshly-grated fennel stalk, juiced A pinch of salt Shake ingredients with ice and strain into chilled coupe. Garnish with a kumquat and fennel frond. Spring…

Tin Fairy

  Tin Fairy 1 oz Rock Creek Rye Whiskey 1 oz Dolin Sweet Vermouth 0.5 oz Absente Absinthe Refined Liqueur 0.5 oz Stirrings Ginger Liqueur 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar 3 dashes Angostura Bitters Stir with ice and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with an orange twist. Ten years ago today,  Lucid became the first…

The Man Who Would Not Be King

The Man Who Would Not Be King 1.75 oz Rock Creek Rye Whiskey 1.25 oz Henriques & Henriques Malvasia Madeira 1/4 tsp Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur 3 dashes Angostura Bitters Stir with ice and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a Luxardo Maraschino Cherry. President’s Day is tomorrow. Usually I’d be thinking about sales at…

The Underdog

The Underdog 0.75 oz Four Roses Bourbon Yellow Label 0.75 oz Marie Duffau Napoléon Bas Armagnac 0.75 oz  Casa Bacardi 8 years old dark rum 1 oz Ginger Peach Sweet Tea Simple Syrup (recipe below) 0.75 oz Prosecco 0.5 oz lemon juice 3 dashes Angostura Bitters Fill a mixing glass with ice, add ingredients and stir…

It’s Irish Coffee Day!

Irish Coffee Recipe: 1.5 oz. Bushmills Irish Whiskey .75 oz. hot simple syrup 5-7 oz. freshly brewed coffee Heavy cream, lightly whipped Pour Bushmills and simple syrup in an 8-10 oz., heat proof or stemmed glass. Fill with coffee to within a centimeter of the top of the glass, then gently top with cream and serve….

Christmas Toddy

Christmas Toddy (Makes two) 0.5 oz Pine or Douglas Fir sprigs 3 oz Bushmills Irish Whiskey 1 tbs mild honey 1 tsp lemon juice Place tree sprigs in a small saucepan with 1 cup of water, bring to a boil, remove from burner, cover with a lid, steep for 3 minutes, then strain to make a tea*….

Manhattan Obscura

Manhattan Obscura 2 oz Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey 0.5 oz Bonal Gentiane-Quina 0.25 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur 1 dash Angostura Bitters Stir with ice and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with cherry (preferably whiskey-soaked). Fall and Winter grapple for dominance as the days grow shorter. It’s the perfect time of year to go for…

An American in Canada

An American in Canada 1.5 oz Four Roses Yellow Bourbon 0.75 oz Neige Apple Ice Wine 0.75 oz Stirrings Ginger Liqueur 0.5 oz lime juice 1.5 tsp maple syrup 3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters Shake with ice and strain into a chilled coupe. No garnish. Recent events have many Americans wondering what the hell happened to…