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

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Refreshing Roundup

There’s a bit of a heat wave coming to Boston this weekend, so I figured it’s the perfect time to talk about some of my favorite refreshing tipples.  These classics will keep you cool as the temperature climbs, and they all come together with two or three ingredients.  Even better, I put my own spin on each one so you’ll get twice the inspiration. Continue reading

Better Know a Classic: Americano


Americano

1 1/2 oz Campari
1 1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth <ideally an Italian one like Martini and Rossi, but any vermouth will do>

Combine Campari and Sweet Vermouth in a rocks or highball glass with ice, top with club soda and give a quick stir.  Garnish with orange wedge or peel


This post is the first (kind of*) in a series on classic drinks.  I’m using the term “classic” loosely here, as a way to refer to standard drinks that everyone should know.  They don’t necessarily have to be old to be considered classic, but they do have to be delicious.

* Of course I just thought of this series title, but some of my previous posts certainly meet the criteria 
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Two to the Fifth (Plus Four Pennies)

1 1/2 oz Amontillado Sherry
1/2 oz Benedictine
1/4 oz coffee liqueur <Galliano Ristretto>
1/4 oz bourbon <Woodford Reserve>

Stir with ice, strain into chilled cocktail glass


For this week’s drink, I decided to go the low alcohol route.   It was my birthday yesterday, and I celebrated by going back to my roots with a trip to a new brewery that opened up nearby, and then had a beer with dinner.  Of course a cocktail was still in the cards, but I figured something a bit more mellow would be a nice end to the day’s festivities.  While I’ve had some delicious low alcohol cocktails at bars, I rarely make them at home.  This seemed like a good time for a challenge. Continue reading