Tequila Sonrisa

Tequila Sonrisa 1.75 oz Olmeca Altos Plata Tequila 2 oz fresh-squeezed orange juice 1 tsp lime juice 1/4 tsp Pelotón de la Muerte Mezcal 0.75 oz rhubarb purée 0.25 oz Campari Fill a 10-ounce goblet or collins glass with ice and add tequila, the orange and lime juices and mezcal. Pass the contents of the glass…

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…

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…

Lucky Swizzle

Lucky Swizzle 1.5 oz Clement Rhum Blanc Agricole 1 oz Don Papa Rum 0.5 oz Velvet Falernum 3 oz Gingered apple, kale & lime juice  3 dashes Angostura Bitters Fill a 16 oz hurricane glass with crushed ice. Add ingredients, then swizzle until the outside of the glass is frosty. Garnish with a lime wheel….

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…

Cocktail Fail

Some of you may have noticed a photo on my tuamigasusanita instagram feed last week. It was of a vodka infused with witch hazel blossoms intended for this week’s cocktail. The witch hazel tree we planted in our front yard nine years ago blooms every February and emits a glorious, citrusy scent that’s a tinge…

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…

Be Mine

Be Mine 1.75 oz Espolón Reposado 100 % Agave Tequila 1.5 oz ruby red grapefruit juice 0.75 oz Tempus Fugit Crème de Cacao Liqueur 1/2 tsp Pelotón de la Muerte Mezcal 1/4 tsp rose water Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a rose petal. Since Valentine’s Day is next week,…

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…