Orange Blossom Special

Orange Blossom Special 2 oz Jack Daniels No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey 0.5 oz Sorghum Orange Blossom Simple Syrup 3 dashed Angostura Bitters Stir ingredients with ice until chilled, then strain into a chilled double old-fashioned glass. Garnish with orange twist. Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the Johnny Cash’s live appearance at Folsom County Prison…

Mulled Manhattan

Mulled Manhattan 2 oz mulled rye whiskey 1 oz Martini & Rossi Vermouth Rosso 3 dashes Angostura Bitters Stir ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with three Luxardo Maraschino cherries [or bourbon-soaked cherries your friend gave you. ūüėČ ] The only thing better than a bomb cyclone is a bomb cyclone…

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¬†Bj√∂rk 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…

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….

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 Napol√©on 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…

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…

Honey, I’m Home (Redux)

As I’ve had some unexpected travel this week, I thought I’d share my first post with my newer readers. It’s one of my favorites. As a bonus, I’ve added a short video showing how I use the Smoking Gun to make my tobacco-smoked honey simple syrup. Honey, I’m Home Recipe: ¬†2 oz. Johnnie Walker Black…

Whiskey on Provence Thyme

Whiskey on Provence Thyme 1.5 oz Bushmills Irish Whiskey 1.5 oz Manguin Farigoule liqueur 0.5 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice 1.5 tsp thyme simple syrup ( recipe below) 3 dashes¬†Angostura Bitters Pour ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice and stir to chill. Strain over an ice globe in a chilled double old-fashioned glass….

Three Cocktails for a Grown-up Harry Potter

Three Cocktails for a Grown-up Harry Potter At midnight, Harry Potter fans got a taste of what they’ve been yearning for since they finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — more. We took our ten-year-old daughter to the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. She may¬†have been more excited than we…

Sazeracanac

Sazeracanac Recipe 0.5 oz Absente¬†Absinthe 2 sugar cubes [1 tsp / 5 grams] 3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters 3 dashes Angostura Bitters 2 oz Marie Duffau Napol√©on Bas¬†Armagnac Rinse an Old Fashioned glass with absinthe, fill with crushed ice and set aside. Add sugar cubes to a mixing glass, top with bitters, then use a muddler…