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Wedding Favor

Arts & Sciences

1 1/4 oz Rye Whiskey <Rittenhouse>
1 oz Apple Cider
1/2 oz Benedictine
1/4 oz Cointreau
1/8 oz (1 barspoon) Maple Syrup
Few dashes Angostura Bitters

Shake ingredients with ice, strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.  Garnish with an apple fan.

Two years ago this past Tuesday, two of my good friends got married.  We’ve been friends for almost 10 years, and shared many a drink at each other’s houses or out on the town.  It wasn’t a huge surprise when they asked me to create a drink for their rehearsal dinner, despite the fact I hadn’t even started this blog yet.  But it was a big responsibility, one that I was excited to take on.

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Mixology Monday CXII – Playing Cocktail DJ

Maxi’s Ward

1 oz Rye Whiskey <Rittenhouse>
3/4 oz St. Germain
1/2 oz Mezcal <Del Maguey Vida>
1/2 oz Grenadine
1/2 oz Orange Juice
1/4 oz Punt E Mes

Shale with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass

Hey everyone, it’s Mixology Monday time!  Doing the honors this month is the MxMo mxmologoGrand Puba himself, Frederic Yarm.  The theme he chose is Mashups, and you can read the full announcement post here.  At the heart of it, according to Frederic, mashups are what happens when”you fuse two cocktails often (but not always) with overlapping ingredients.”

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They Call Me the Breeze

Offshore Wind

2 oz Vodka <Tito’s>
3/4 oz Cranberry Liqueur <Grand Ten Distilling Craneberry>
1/4 oz Pineapple Juice

Shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

A few years ago I was at a beach Ultimate Frisbee tournament in Wildwood, NJ.  After two days of games in the sand, the whole team went out to dinner.  Most of us ordered beers, until one of my teammates shook things up and went with a Sea Breeze.  His argument being that he was sick of beer after two+ days of drinking Modelo Especials on the beach and boardwalk.  Apparently he made a good point, because almost everybody changed their orders to cocktails (mostly margaritas and G&Ts).  Another teammate then ordered a Bay Breeze, and a heated debate ensued.

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Away Game

Brandt’s Billables

1 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey <Rittenhouse>
3/4 oz Chocolate Liqueur <Godiva>
3/4 oz Grand Marnier
Few dashes Angostura bitters

Stir with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

An interesting thing has happened since I started this blog.  When I go to people’s homes for a get together, whether it’s just a few people or a large family gathering, I often become the defacto bartender (first world problems, amirite?).  I mean, I get it, and I certainly don’t mind it.  However, usually I end up working with unfamiliar inventories of varying sizes, and will resort to making things up on the fly. Continue reading “Away Game”

Chalk Talk

Set the Edge

1 1/4 oz Reposado Tequila <Espolon>
3/4 oz Pimm’s No. 1
1/2 oz Drambuie
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
Few dashes celery bitters <Fee Bros.>

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake and strain into a chilled cocktail.  Garnish with lemon spiral.

One of the things I enjoy most about looking through my journal of recipes is determining what season I came up with a drink based on the name.  Sure, seasonal ingredients are an obvious clue, but sometimes there are two or three drinks on the page that all share a common naming theme.  Recently I came across three drinks that I clearly came up with a few autumns ago, because they all had football related names.  Since we’re heading into Week 4 of the NFL season, I figured now is the perfect time to write about one.

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Striving for Perfection

Perfect Plex

1 oz Bourbon <Woodford Reserve>
1 oz White Whiskey <Bully Boy>
1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth <Dolin>
1/2 oz Dry Vermouth <Dolin>
Few dashes Angostura Bitters
Few Dashes Orange Bitters <Regan’s>

Stir ingredients with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with a cherry (or two).

If I could only order one drink for the rest of my life, it may very well be a Perfect Manhattan.  There is something wonderful that happens when you put sweet and dry vermouth together in the same glass.  A subtle tweak that really changes the personality of this classic. Continue reading “Striving for Perfection”

Mixology Monday CXI – Geekin’ Out

Alkali Lake

2 oz Blended Scotch <Sheep Dip>
1/4 oz Fernet Branca
1/4 oz Maple Syrup
Angostura Bitters
Peychaud’s Bitters
3 Blueberries

Muddle the blueberries and bitters in a mixing glass.  Add the remaining ingredients and stir with ice.  Strain into an empty rocks glass.  Garnish with a blueberry and lemon claw.

mxmologo     This month’s mixology monday is for all the obsessives out there.  Beca at The Shrubbery recognizes that people like to obsess over many things, not just cocktails.  Her challenge is taking that same passion and translating it into a drink, showing that nerdiness doesn’t stop at the bar.  She goes on to define a nerdy pursuit as …”anything from or related to science, science fiction, fantasy, video games, role playing games/characters, or comics”.

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Skankin’ and Drankin’


1 1/2 oz Gin <Boodles>
1 oz Amaro Montenegro
1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
1 barspoon (~1/8 oz) Apricot Liqueur <Rothman and Winter>
Lemon-Ginger Bitters <Hella Bitters>

Stir with ice, strain into chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with half a dried apricot.

When I’m out at bars and restaurants, I try to order things I can’t actually make at home. Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and place for an expertly made Perfect Manhattan or Last Word.  But discovering new flavors is one of my favorite parts of bellying up to a bar. After a few successful encounters out in the wild, I’ll hone in on a particular bottle and bring it home.  That’s where the real fun begins.  If things go well, I may have a new staple on my hands (looking at you Benedictine and Becherovka).  Other times, the getting-to-know-you period can be a bit more challenging, as I discovered when I finally purchased a bottle of apricot liqueur. Continue reading “Skankin’ and Drankin’”

This Ain’t No Disco

The Big Suit

2 oz Apple Brandy <Calvados Morin Selection*>
3/4 oz Punt e Mes
1/2 oz Maraschino Liqueur <Luxardo>
Chocolate Bitters

Stir with ice, strain into an empty rocks glass.

In my opinion, the topic of best live concert film ever is basically a two horse race.  For shear star power, The Band’s The Last Waltz is mindblowing. Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Dr. John, Bob Dylan…and that’s barely half of all the cameos.  The show depicts The Band’s last concert, and they use their musician pals not just to re-imagine their own hits, but also play backup on a number of covers with the original artists as well. And from a purely musical and performance standpoint, we have The Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense.  Stitched together from performances across three nights, this is peak Talking Heads.  The show slowly builds from their early art-pop-punk songs to the  groove-oriented prog-funk arrangements (thanks to some help from Bernie Worrell) of the Remain in the Light era.  At this point you’re probably wondering what this has to do with cocktails.  Don’t worry, I’ll get there.

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