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…

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….

Pussyhat, Pussyhat, I Love You

Pussyhat, Pussyhat, I Love You 1 oz Espolón Reposado 100 % Agave Tequila 0.75 oz Tempus Fugit Crème de Noyaux Liqueur 0.5 oz Tempus Fugit Crème de Cacao Liqueur 0.75 oz half and half 1 egg white Vigorously dry shake ingredients for 30 seconds, then add ice and shake for an additional 25 seconds. Garnish with Crème…

Winters in SoCal

Winters in SoCal 2 oz Pelotón de la Muerte Mezcal 0.5 oz Campari Liqueur 1 oz ruby red grapefruit juice 0.75 oz Sage-infused honey simple syrup (recipe below) 1/2 tsp lime juice Shake with ice and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with grapefruit twist and sage leaf. Nothing makes me pine for LA like a winter…

Sake to me Punch

Sake to me Punch: 1 cup lemon oleo saccharum (recipe below) 4 cups Matcha Tea Syrup (recipe below) 1 L + 2 cups Hendricks Gin 12 oz Stirrings Ginger Liqueur 2 cups lemon juice 720 ml bottle Nigori Sake 750 ml bottle Prosecco Garnish with lemon wheels In case any of you are looking for…

Oaxacan Hot Chocolate & Mezcal Balls

Oaxacan Hot Chocolate 1.75 oz Pelotón de la Muerte Mezcal 8 oz milk 1/2 disc Taza Dark Chocolate Mexicano Guajillo Chili (grated) 1/2 disc Taza Dark Chocolate Mexicano Cinnamon (grated) Heat milk to just below boiling, remove from the heat, then stir grated chocolate into the pan until melted. Add mezcal, then beat with an…