Grand Herbologist

Late spring and summer means that fresh herbs are creeping back into our daily cocktails. When picking herbs for your cocktail of choice, don’t limit yourself to the standards, however. Sure, you can pick up some sweet basil and make one damn fine basil-gin concoction. In fact, the gin-bail smash using “standard” gin is STILL this […]

Blueberry Basil Lemonade Splash

The Blueberry Basil Lemonade splash simply takes the flavors already present in the rum and uses fresh juices and fruits to ratchet them up to 11.

Russian Standard Gold Part Two: Bolshoi Basil Green

This one comes straight from the folks at Russian Standard. 1.5 oz Russian Standard Gold 1 oz fresh lime juice 3 fresh sprigs basil 2 tsp simple syrup Club Soda Muddle the basil and simple syrup in a high ball glass. Fill the glass with ice and then add the vodka, lime juice and club […]

Tito’s Garden

May 30, 2011 (Day 63) — Tito’s Garden Let’s grow something. Like some herbs, or some shit. This particular recipe comes from Tito’s website. Tito’s Garden 10 leaves rosemary 6 leaves of basil 1 oz honey Juice from 1/2 a lemon 1.5 oz Tito’s Handmade Vodka Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. […]


May 21, 2011 (Day 54) — Mayday I know that May 21 isn’t technically Mayday. But it’s my wife’s birthday, and everything in our household usually circles around her birthday in May, like some blonde immovable object. Today’s drink is take off of a drink I made last year that became a summer staple — […]

Union Square

April 13, 2011 (Day 17) — Union Square Another New York City-themed cocktail? Well, considering we’re working with New Amsterdam all week (our featured best-buy-booze of the week), it only makes sense that we’re going to see a lot of NYC landmarks. This week you poor bastards have been subject to my armchair historian tendencies. […]

Ginger Cognac

January 19, 2011 (Day 354) — Ginger Cognac I’ve only got a little bit of my cognac left, so I figured this evening I’d finish off the bottle and make another cognac-based cocktail. Originally, I had planned to sync this evening’s drink with Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday. However, a long day at work and only […]

ORIGINAL — Basil Gin Mickey

December 20, 2010 (Day 324) — Basil Gin Mickey So, I’ve been hard at work in the laboratory lately infusing various different flavors to see if I could come up with something unique, but tasty. On a whim, I shoved a lemon, lime and some basil into about two cups of New Amsterdam Straight Gin. […]

Imperial Basil Mimosa

August 9, 2010 (Day 201) — Imperial Basil Mimosa Ahhhh, Monday. The start of the work week. If you enjoy your job, it’s just another day you get to fulfill your dream. If you hate your job, sorry, you’re in for the long haul. But don’t worry! Mark’s here to make your Monday evening just […]


June 1, 2010 (Day 122) — Flatiron Proof that my brain is hardwired for food. The first thing I thought when I saw the name of this cocktail was of a flatiron steak. Then I wanted steak. Then I was disappointed to discover I didn’t have time to make a steak. I had a french […]