Helpful Constraints


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

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Valentine’s Day, Straight from the Bunny’s Mouth


Unisphere

3/4 oz Ligth Rum [Boston Harbor Distilling Lawley’s Light]
3/4 oz Dark Rum [Plantation Original Dark]
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 Grenadine [Powell & Mahoney]
1/4 oz Benedictine
1/4 oz Pernod [I used Absinthe]

Combine all ingredients, shake with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime heart.

Adapted from Playboy’s Host & Bar Book by Thomas Mario


I knew I wanted to do a drink for Valentine’s Day, but I wasn’t sure what angle to take.  Last year I did the whole chocolate (read: creme de cacao) thing, so that was out.  Then a friend lent me his copy of Playboy’s Host & Bar Book.  As I flipped through the pages, I realized this was the perfect thing for a holiday tangentially related to love, with a healthy dose of sex thrown in. Continue reading

Money Well Spent


Bowcaster

1 oz Dark Rum 1 oz Light Rum <Lawley’s New England Spirit (Boston Harbor Distillery)>
3/4 oz Pineapple juice
1/2 oz Falernum
1/2 oz Orgeat
1/4 oz Lime juice

Shake ingredients with ice, strain into a tiki mug filled with crushed ice. Add a few heavy dashes of Angostura bitters on top, and garnish with a mint sprig and add a straw.


As you probably know by now, I love finding funky vintage glassware.  It’s hard for me to walk by a Salvation Army, Goodwill, or other stores of that ilk without popping in to see what steals I can find under two bucks.  My arsenal of coupes and rock glasses has grown in the last few years, but recently I realized there is a gaping hole in my collection…tiki mugs.   Continue reading

Not Your Grandmother’s Bush


Bushwacker

1/2 oz. coffee liqueur
1/2 oz. amaretto
1/2 oz. light rum *
1/2 oz. Irish cream liqueur
2 oz. half and half

Shake with ice.  Pour into ice filled old fashioned glass.


Like every good house that was built in the 1960’s, we have a bona fide wood paneled room.  Complete with fireplace, dart board and your grandmother’s liquor cabinet.  You know those liqueurs that you find in the back of a dusty cabinet.  Well, we have them too, and I kind of love them.

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