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Everybody Plays the Fool


Jester’s Dead

2 oz Old Tom Gin [Hayman’s]
3/4 oz Punt e Mes
1/2 oz Suze
1/4 oz Zucca
Few dashes Black Cloud Bitters Garden Party Bitters

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


You guys, if you don’t have the Death and Co. book, you need to remedy that right now.   There is so much inspiration in these pages it’s almost too good to be true.  I could probably make it a few months of drinking nothing but these recipes and be a happy camper.  There are so many delicious looking recipes sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever make it through them all. On top of that, every recipe is a little ball of inspiration, so the possibilities are truly endless. Continue reading “Everybody Plays the Fool”

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Negroni Week


White Smoke

1 oz Old Tom Gin [Hayman’s]
1 oz Suze
1 oz Lapsang Souchong Infused Dry Vermouth*

Stir with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

* Steep two tea bags in a 375ml bottle for about an hour, tasting every ten minutes after 30 mins. Remove tea bags when desired flavor is reached.


Hey everyone, it’s one of the most wonderful times of the year in the cocktail world – Negroni Week.  Bars across the country serve the classic gin/Campari/sweet vermouth drink, or their own variations, all the while donating proceeds from those drinks to their favorite charities.  Can’t beat being a barfly and a philanthrope all at once.  Not surprisingly, many homebartenders get into the act themselves. Continue reading “Negroni Week”

Car Talk


Breaker Bar

1 oz Old Tom Gin <Hayman’s>
3/4 oz Amaro Montenegro
1/4 oz Campari
1 oz Port <Dow’s Finest Reserve>

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


On Tuesday night I came out to my car to find the front passenger side tire completely flat.  Closer inspection revealed a nail sticking out of the tread.  No biggie, I’ve changed plenty of tires in my day.  All I needed to do was grab the wheel lock key that lives under the passenger seat.  I looked in its usual spot only to find the thin pile of the floor mats.  Crap.  Lack of wheel lock keys makes changing the tire nigh impossible.  Even a call to AAA couldn’t get the tire off.  What should have been a simple twenty minute job now stretched into 2 hours and included me riding shotgun in the tow truck on the 40 minute ride home.  At least there was some unintentional comedy as the driver was rocking out to some Debbie Deb.   Continue reading “Car Talk”

The Ol’ Switcheroo


Half-Windsor Knot

1 oz Cognac
1 oz Rye Whiskey <Old Overholt>
1/2 oz Dry Vermouth <Dolin>
1/2 oz Zucca
1 barspoon Benedictine

Stir with ice, strain over ice into a rocks glass (preferably one large cube)


Sometimes new drinks are just an ingredient swap away.  Often this will come out of necessity – I’ll read about a drink that sounds tasty, but will be missing one component.  Instead of abandoning it and looking for something else, a quick scan of the bar usually results in finding a suitable replacement.  Other times I’ll be in the mood for a particular bottle, come across a recipe with a bunch of other good stuff in it, and figure that bottle would fit in nicely.

Continue reading “The Ol’ Switcheroo”

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