Honeysuckle Rosé

Honeysuckle Rosé 2 oz Gruet Rosé Brut sparkling wine 1 oz honeysuckle-infused vodka (recipe below) 0.5 oz lemon juice 1/2 tsp simple syrup 2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters Combine vodka, syrup, lemon juice and Peychaud’s in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into an iced champagne glass. Top with Rosé Brut and stir…

Summer’s Last Hurrah

Summer’s Last Hurrah 1.25 oz. Bombay Sapphire Gin 0.75 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth 0.75 oz Plum Thyme Syrup 0.25 oz lemon juice 1/2 tsp Campari Shake and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a sprig of thyme. It’s 7:55 pm and it’s already dark. The last two peaches I ate were mealy. Yep. There’s…

The Angeleno

The Angeleno 1 oz Bombay Sapphire Gin 0.75 oz Amaro Angeleno 0.75 oz St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur 0.5 oz lemon juice Shake and strain into chilled coupe. No garnish. As anyone who’s been there knows, Southern California forces an aesthetic on its landscape. It’s as if the flora are competing in a beauty contest where the…

Blackberry Mojo

Blackberry Mojo 1 oz blackberry simple syrup 8 mint leaves 2 oz Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin 0.75 oz lemon juice 2 oz prosecco Add the blackberry simple syrup and mint leaves to a mixing glass and muddle. Add the gin and lemon juice, then shake and strain into a chilled 10-oz Collins glass filled…

Easy Does It

Easy Does It 1 inch x 1/2 diameter piece of ginger, grated & juiced 1 oz Hendrick’s Gin 0.5 oz lemon juice 0.5 oz cold-infused mint simple syrup 1 can Rogue 6 Hop IPA Grate ginger onto 3″ square of cheesecloth. Wrap cheesecloth around grated ginger and squeeze the juice out into a shaker filled…

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…

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…

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…

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*….

El Cóctel de los Muertos

El Cóctel de los Muertos 1.5 oz Espolón Reposado 100 % Agave Tequila 0.75 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao 0.5 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice 0.75 oz copal-smoked raw agave nectar simple syrup (recipe below) 1 drop Calendula extract (I used Herb Pharm Whole Flower Calendula flower extract) Shake with ice and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish…

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….