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…

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….

California Dreamin’

California Dreamin’ 2 oz. 100 % Agave Tequila Blanco (I like Espolón) 1.5 oz. raw lemon rosemary syrup (begin 72 hours in advance) 1 egg white Shake vigorously without ice (dry shake), then shake with ice and strain into an 8 oz. coupe. Top with chilled California brut sparkling wine (I used Piper Sonoma Brut)….

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…

Honey, I’m Home

Nostalgia in a glass, Honey I’m home features Johnnie Walker Black Label Whisky and tobacco-smoke honey simple syrup.