A Gift from the Heart

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Brandy Hopper

1 1/2 oz Brandy [Monteru]
3/4 oz Creme de Menthe [Short Path]
1/2 oz Homemade Bailey’s
1/4 oz Creme de Cacao [Tempus Fugit]

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake, and stain into an ice filled rocks glass.


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and I have the perfect gift idea. Sure, flowers or chocolates are pretty traditional, but booze is way more fun. DIY gifts are always more personal and meaningful, so what if I told you there was a way to create a delicious, sweet, boozy gift for your SO that could be ready RIGHT NOW.

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Low ABV, Big Flavor

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Highs and Lows

1 oz Rock and Rye [NY Distilling Co]
1 oz Amaro Angeleno
1/2 oz Averna
1/2 oz Drambuie

Stir with ice, strain into a rocks glass.  Garnish with lemon (or orange) twist.


Low ABV drinks are totally a thing, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.  Not every drink needs to be a split base stiff sipper with overproof rum and bottled and bond whiskey (wait, that actually sounds kind of good…).  Sometimes you want to be able to have a few but still keep your wits about you or enjoy an early afternoon drink and get on with your day. Continue reading

Bottle Swap Collabo Part 6: Swedish Punsch

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1 oz Swedish Punsch [Kronan]
1 oz White Rum [Privateer]
1/2 oz Bully Boy Amaro
1/2 oz Oloroso Sherry

Stir with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange twist.


Wow, has it only been a month since the last Bottle Swap post? Time flies when you’re not posting much (I know, I know…I’ve been a little lax lately). Anyway, here we are, talking Swedish Punsch. As usual, head over to Garnish Girl’s corner of the internet to see what Katie did with her half of the bottle in the Doctor Bird.

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Bottle Swap Collabo Pt 5: St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur

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Decoder Ring

1 ½ oz Mezcal [Fidencio]
.75 oz Spiced Pear Liqueur [St. George Spirits]
.75 oz Licor 43

Stir with ice, strain into a cockail glass.  Garnish with pear slice.


Guess what? It’s time for our 5th (!) installment in the bottle swap series. As a brief refresher, the Bottle Swap ™ is that thing Garnish Girl and I do where we each buy a bottle of something, and then trade half of that bottle with the other person. So, for the price of one bottle, we each end up with two things on our wish lists. It’s a win win. Previous installments included ginger liqueur, Ancho Reyes, Suze (hers; mine), and banana liqueur. Now it’s time to get down with St. George Spiced Pear! Be sure to check out Katie’s Spiced Pear Punch before you read any further! Continue reading

Buon Appetito

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Carbonara Flip

2 oz bacon fat washed Pisco [Macchu Pisco]
.5 oz Parmesan cheese infused Dry Vermout [Dolin]
.5 oz Crushed red pepper and pasta water simple syrup
1 whole egg

Combine ingredients in a shaker, dry shake to emulsify the egg. Add ice and shake again. Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with parmesan crisps and bacon pieces.


For those who mostly frequent my blog, let me tell you about a little monthly instagram contest run by @homebarawards.  Every month, they pick a different theme, then amateurs and professionals across the interwebs submit recipes based on said theme.  Passed contests have been low-waste based, Bowie based, story based, and even Star Wars based (obvs).  Oh, and I may have come in third in that last one. Continue reading

Made to Order

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Mule-arita

1 1/2 oz Blanco Tequila [Espolon]
1 oz Ginger Liqueur [Barrow’s Intense]
1/4 oz Grapefruit Liqueur [Giffard]
1/4 oz Lime Juice

Shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with ginger slice and lime twist.


Sometimes it’s nice to have other people get the ball rolling for you. When friends come over, I’ll ask them to give me some of their preferred flavors before making their drink. This way I not only get a sense of what they like, but can think about other drinks with those flavors. Continue reading

Latin 101

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Railway Howitzer

2 oz Gin [Catoctin Creek]
.5 oz grapefruit Oleo Saccharum
.5 oz Italicus
~4 oz hoppy pale ale [Lord Hobo Glorious]

Combine first three ingredients, stir with ice. Strain into a tall glass, top with beer. Garnish with grapefruit twist.


Recently one of my instagram friends @drink_specialistsgr_ offered up a challenge to make a cocktail featuring grapefruit. Perfect, I love grapefruit. I even have some Giffard Pamplemousse liqueur which is so tasty its practically cheating. But I wanted to take things in a different direction, so I decided to make a grapefruit oleo saccharum.

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