Hanky Panky


May 31, 2013 (Day 22) – Hanky Panky This cocktail originally appeared in the Savoy Cocktail Book by Harry Craddock in 1930.  1.5 oz gin 1.5 oz sweet vermouth 2 dashes Fernet Branca Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist orange peel over the top the drink and then drop the peel in. Fernet […]

Chevy Chase


May 25, 2013 (Day 16) – Chevy Chase So, imagine our surprise when scouring classic cocktail books from the 1930s we came across a very familiar name. A name, in fact, that influenced our sense of humor in countless possible ways. Appearing on page 26 of the 1934 book What Shall We Drink? by Magnus Bredenbek, […]

Perfect Manhattan


May 23, 2013 (Day 14) – Perfect Martini My first experience with the Perfect Manhattan, truthfully, comes from The Simpsons. More specifically the third season episode “Bar the Murderer” where Bart becomes a bartender for the mafia. They ask him for a Perfect Manhattan. Perfect Manhattan  2 oz rye 1 oz dry vermouth 1 oz sweet […]

Blackthorn Cocktail


May 18, 2013 (Day 9) – Blackthorn Cocktail Pre-Prohibition cocktails and post-Prohibition cocktails tend to share a lot of similarities. Whereas the development of cocktail recipes seems to outpace a good number of other culinary crafts, those few decades with nothing but speakeasies seems to have somewhat stunted the creation of a new generation of […]

Highland Fling


May 10, 2013 (Day 2) – Highland Fling Thanks to the hooklike words and catchy rhythms of Spamalot, Monty Python is the only thing we can think of whenever we hear the term “Highland Fling.” Because, you know Monty Python AND Broadway Musicals are the way you get the laaaaaadieees. Nevertheless, the Highland Fling is both a dance […]

Conjure Cognac Part Two (Cocktails): Mognac


What do you do when mixing with cognac? Do you focus on its wine-like qualities and let it take center stage? Do you take it as a base ingredient similar to whiskey? We’re actually kind of fond of using cognac and brandy in a whiskey-like function. We show that in tonight’s cocktail, which is a Manhattan-based […]

Joker


January 15, 2012 (Day 292) — Joker Consider tonight’s cocktail the spiritual twin of last night’s. 2 oz Wild Turkey 81 1 oz Gailliano Dash of sweet vermouth Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well, until a frost forms on the outside of the shaker. Strain into a rocks glass […]

MONDAY MORNING REVIEW — Southern Comfort Fiery Pepper


December 5, 2011 — Southern Comfort Fiery Pepper Earlier this fall, Southern Comfort decided to try and expand it’s market share with another flavor iteration. They already have Southern Comfort and Lime, which looked to snag the market of people too damn lazy to squeeze a lime into their glass. Now they’re capitalizing on the […]

Drunken Bee


November 11, 2011 (Day 227) — Drunken Bee Writer’s block continues. Booze keeps flowing. Thank you to everyone who has ever served (and continues to serve) in the military. You’re much braver than I. And this is all I can think of when I hear “Drunken Bee” Drunken Bee 2 oz Evan Williams Honey Reserve […]

General Burnside’s Sideburns


September 28, 2011 (Day 183) — General Burnside’s Sideburns I’m a sucker for geeky things like this: Wanna Live Forever? Become A Noun from NPR on Vimeo. Mentioned within that little ditty is a man by the name of General Ambrose Burnside. While once a sucessful military mind, he’s most well known these days for […]