Boulevardier

A Boulevardier is closely related to a Negroni. A traditional Negroni is built with gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. A Boulevardier substitutes the gin with whiskey. And who doesn’t love whiskey? Boulverdier 1.5oz Bourbon or Rye Whiskey .75oz Campari .75oz Sweet Vermouth Garnish: Lemon Peel Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and…

Suntory Whisky Special Reserve Portopia ’81

I have a cousin in Japan.  He seems like a cool guy.  Him and I have similar interest when it comes to the alcohol industry, especially pertaining to whiskey.   I’ve only ever met him once when I was small kid and when he was in his late twenties, but thanks to the internet and…

A (Probably) True History of the Cocktail

To determine who made the first cocktail, or even what the first cocktail was, is a fool’s errand.  While many will agree that cocktails are an American invention starting with the Sazerac and Jerry Thomas’ book, How to Mix Drinks, or the Bon Vivant’s Companion in 1862, it’s been heavily written that cocktails could have…

xDarling

I’m often inspired to make drinks based on the people I have in my life.  The drinks based on different things, whether it’s a favorite thing they like, the way they make me feel, or even sometimes how they smell.  People impact you greatly, and then sometimes you never see them again.  A drink is…

Green Tease

Making homemade ingredients for your cocktail endeavors is fun and rewarding.  In the most recent of times I find myself trying to make all of my stuff from scratch.   I attended a gin seminar the other day and was fortunate enough for the class to teach how to make your own homemade gin!  They…

Last Leaves of Autumn

A good friend of mine owns her own tea company and makes phenomenal blends.  She also happens to be fond of my drinks.  The other day I had some friends over and we were all playing on my home bar making a lot of crazy drinks, some amazing, some bad, some funky, some classic.  At…

Bacon Bloody Mary Brown Sugar Cookies

The way I look at this is that if we can make an excuse to pound back a couple shots of vodka masked with tomato juice for breakfast, we should be allowed to eat cookies for breakfast, too!!  It just makes sense. I made these with the intention of eating all two dozen by myself…….

Deconstructed Irish Coffee

Alright, so maybe I should be calling this a Cowboy Coffee since I’m using bourbon.  Though, cowboys aren’t the only group of people who drink bourbon.  Maybe I should be more specific.  Tom Elliot Coffee.  Selleckian Coffee.  Ehh.  What’s the point?  This drink is timeless, simple, complex, and amazing. I chose to deconstruct this recipe…

Matcha’do About Nothing

There’s something satisfying about seeing an egg white foam perfectly layered atop of a drink.  Egg white cocktails (when well executed) are hands down my first choice when I see one on a menu. I’ve always had a long obsession with Green Chartreuse.  It’s my favorite liqueur without question.  The history alone is what enthralled…

Marilyn Monroe

I’m a big fan of blood oranges.  My first ever knowing encounter with one was at a restaurant during brunch when I ordered a mimosa and it came out red.  I was incredibly confused.  They explained to me what a blood orange was, and I was completely amused.  I bought a few on my way home…

Sky Buster

I originally created this cocktail for a magazine I used to write for in an attempt to break into the Food & Drink category and leave the boring subjects I was writing about.  However… they did not pick it up or consider the article, and I’m still stuck writing about show dogs. I was inspired…

Garden Rocket

Did you know another name for arugula is garden rocket?  Makes that leafy substance sound so much more badass. Spring is around the corner and garden rockets are blasting back out into season.  My mom always told me to eat my vegetables, but I think I’ll drink ’em instead.  Also, what better way to toast to…