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…

Her Name is Rio

Her Name is Rio Recipe 3 oz Basil limeade concentrate (Recipe below) 2 oz Gold cachaça (I used Cuca Fresca Ouro.) 1 oz  Club soda Build in a 10-ounce collins glass filled with ice. Pour into a pint glass, then back into the collins glass to serve. Garnish with lime wheel and sprig of basil….

Yours Truel-ly

Yours Truel-ly Recipe 1 oz Bourbon Whiskey (I used Bulleit Bourbon.) 1 oz Campari 1 oz Amontillado Medium Sherry (I used Savory & James Deluxe Medium Sherry Amontillado.) Stir ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with an orange twist. I’ve been invited to a fiftieth birthday party, and the hostess has asked me…

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…

Thor’s Hammered

Thor’s Hammered 1.5 oz Johnnie Walker Black Label Whisky 0.75 oz Björk Liqueur Stir with ice and strain over a large cube into a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon twist. I’m tempted to call this the Summer of the Icelandic Vacation. It’s all over my facebook feed, and those of my friends who…

American Sidecar

American Sidecar 1.5 oz Laird’s Old Apple Brandy 0.75 oz Cointreau 0.75 oz lemon juice 0.25 oz simple syrup Concentrated simple syrup & Pop Rocks as garnish Start by preparing your glassware. Make a concentrated simple syrup with 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water, then bring it to a boil. Let it boil until…

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 Napoléon 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…

Chive Blossom Gibson

Chive Blossom Gibson Recipe 2 oz gin (I used Green Hat Spring/Summer Distilled Gin) .5 oz chive flower-infused Dolin Dry Vermouth 1/4 tsp rice wine vinegar Stir with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with two 3″ lengths of chive It’s hard to believe it’s Memorial Day weekend. It seems like just…

Dos Amigos i un Amico

Dos Amigos i un Amico Recipe 1 oz dark rum (I used Ron Zacapa Centenario 23) 1 oz Aperol 1 oz Amontillado Medium Sherry [I used Savory & James Deluxe Medium Sherry Amontillado.] Stir ingredients with ice, strain and serve over ice in chilled rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon twist. I’ve been going at…