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.
1 1/2 oz Ginger Whiskey [Misunderstood Whiskey]
3/4 oz House Blackberry Cinnamon shrub
1/2 oz Licor 43
1/4 oz Lemon Juice
Shake with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with crystalized ginger and blackberries.
My parents really seem to have this whole retirement thing down pretty well. They are pros at keeping themselves busy. Adult education classes at local colleges, random performances in and around town, along with traditional hobbies like biking, knitting, and reading all fill their day. Real talk though, the activity that gets me most excited about retirement is their wine, beer, and booze tasting circuit. Continue reading
Rum At Me, Bro
2 oz Amber Rum [Albany Distilling Co]
1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth [Dolin]
1/4-1/2 oz lime juice (to desired tartness)
Few dashes Dry Sarsaparilla Bitters [Bad Dog Bar Craft]
Shake with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with lime twist.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my bar. Over the years, I’ve amassed a nice variety of bottles that allow me plenty of options when it comes time to mix a drink. Sometimes though, those endless options can be paralyzing (see: The Paradox of Choice). I’ll stare blankly at the bar trying to formulate various combinations in my head. This can be exhausting (first world problems, I know – but still). Continue reading
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
2 oz CALI Whiskey [CALI Distillery]
.5 oz Amaro Nonino
.5 oz House Blackberry Cinnamon Shrub
Stir with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with blackberries.
A few weeks ago the people behind Sukkah Hill Spirits sent me some of their latest venture, a foray into the whiskey world. They dubbed their CALI Whiskey as a “California twist on the classic American sipping whiskey.” Being card carrying member of the brown spirits fan club, I couldn’t wait to crack it open. Continue reading
1 1/2 oz Rock and Rye [New York Distilling Company]
1/2 oz House Strawberry Basil Black Peppercorn Shrub
1/2 oz Zucca
1/2 oz Punt e Mes
Stir with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass.
A few months ago we had some friends over for game night (and cocktails of course). As the night was winding down, one of my friends wanted one more drink, but something on the low ABV side of things. Normally I’m a stiff, boozy nightcap kind of guy, so I was excited to get out of my comfort zone and focus on the other side of the spectrum.
Cruise Ship Magician
2 oz Pisco [Macchu Pisco]
.5 oz House Strawberry Basil Black Peppercorn Shrub
.5 oz Becherovka
Gently muddle some mint in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients, stir with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with mint sprig
One of the more enjoyable parts of home cocktailing is making my own mixers. Syrups, shrubs, bitters and the like are all fun little projects. Sometimes, I get a little ahead of myself, and make too many at once. Well, not really too many – but I’ve been known to have a few random jars scattered throughout the fridge. Continue reading