Homestead


August 20, 2013 (Day 103) – Homestead Sometimes the best cocktails are the simplest. There’s an honesty in these cocktails that allows each of the spirits’ abilities to shine through. However, that also means that the onus is on you as the bartender/mixologist/random-ass drunk guy at the party to make sure that you’re using high-enough […]

Hula-Hula


August 18, 2013 (Day 101) – Hula-Hula We’re busting out How to Mix Drinks once more, in all its Spartan, bare-bones glory. 2 oz dry gin 1 oz curacao 1 oz fresh orange juice Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with crushed ice. Shake well and then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an […]

Astoria


August 17, 2013 (Day 100) – Astoria We’re already on to day 100? Wow, these things move fast. 1.5 oz gin 0.75 oz dry vermouth 2 dashes orange bitters Lemon twist for garnish  

Curaçao Punch


As you can tell from the picture, this is a behemoth of a drink, and you really don’t want to be drinking several of these in a row. It will murder you. Figuratively and literally. It’s very good though, and very good for an afternoon spent with friends and family.

E. Nos


August 15, 2013 (Day 98) – E. Nos This little beauty appeared in the 1930 edition of the Savoy Cocktail Book. 2 oz dry gin (we used The Botanist by Bruicladdich) 1 oz French (dry) vermouth 3 dashes absinthe Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and then shake well. Strain into […]

Green Room


Equal parts delightful and frustrating because it offers no preparation tips – just ingredients.

The Derby


August 11, 2013 (Day 94) – The Derby There are a good number of variations of The Derby circulating around the world these days. Hell, there was a good number of variations circulating back in 1947 when a whopping three appeared in the 1947 version of Bartender’s Guide by Trader Vic came out. This recipe […]

Jamaican Rum Cocktail


This recipe is taken from the 1895 book Modern American Drinks by George J. Kappeler.

Improved Gin Cocktail


June 8, 2013 (Day 29) – Improved Gin Cocktail We’re going back to the old, old, incredibly old school beats of where the term “cocktail” actually originated. You see, a cocktail, in the classic definition, isn’t anything close to the umbrella term we use today, dedicated to every single mixed drink that included alcohol. No, […]

Whiskey Smash


June 7, 2013 (Day 28) – Whiskey Smash The Professor Jerry Thomas described smashes as “a julep on a small plan.” Once you see the ingredients you’ll notice the similarities between this and just about any number of julep. (Adjustments in recipe are made, following the conversion that appear in Imbibe! by David Wondrich) 1/2 […]