April Showers

April Showers 2 oz Hendrick’s Gin 0.5 oz celery simple syrup (recipe below) 1.25 oz Millstone Vin de Pomme Basque-style Cider Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled coupe. Top with cider. Garnish with celery leaves. For me, spring is all about freshness — the intense smell of blossoms as you run past,…

Be Still, My Beeting Heart

Be Still, My Beeting Heart 1 1/2 tsp honey 1/2 lime, quartered 9 mint large leaves A dash of salt 2 oz Bacardi White Rum 1 oz Beet Juice 3-4 oz Prosecco Place honey, lime and mint in a shaker and muddle. Add ice, rum, beet juice and a dash of salt. Shake and strain…

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…

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…

Liquid Sunshine

Liquid Sunshine Recipe 1.5 oz dark rum (I used Casa Bacardi 8 years old) 1.25 oz Cointreau .5 oz lime juice 1/2 tsp oleo saccharum Juice from 1/2 ” piece of turmeric Shake with ice and strain into chilled coupe glass. Garnish with lime wheel. Rum is one of my favorite spirits, so it’s odd…

Springtime in Kyoto

Springtime in Kyoto Recipe 2.5 oz Nigori Sake (I used Gekkeikan) 2.5 oz cucumber and sorrel* juice 1/4 tsp rice wine vinegar Scant pinch of salt Shake with ice and strain into a chilled Collins glass filled with ice and top with 1 oz club soda. Garnish with cucumber wheel. After several weeks of developing…

Solar Flare

Solar Flare Recipe: 1.5 oz. 100 % Agave Tequila Blanco (I like Espolón) 1 oz. Aperol 2 oz. fresh-squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice, strained 1 tsp. blood orange oleo saccharum Shake with ice and strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with a burnt blood orange slice. I was, perhaps, ill prepared for the unfettered freedom…