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…

Mary Have Mercy (Negroni Week)

Negroni Week is still a little bit away (June 4 -10 this year), but I had a special request to showcase my favorite variation of a Negroni.  Before I get into that, I would like to provide some information on what Negroni Week is, because it truly is a beautiful effort to raise money for…

Not Out of the Woods, Yet

Inspiration for cocktails can be challenging at times. Perfecting that cocktail can be even more challenging. I was inspired to make this through a few different sources. Firstly, Hiroyasu Kayama of Ben Fiddich is a internationally renown bartender, mixologist, and herbalist. Incorporating techniques that haven’t been seen in the modern era of cocktail making and…

The Order of Chartreuse

Chartreuse is one of those drams in life that will always leave me in good memories and with a smile. The first time I had a sip of Chartreuse was in 2015 with a local artist named Cessna Decosimo. He told me that Chartreuse was the “elixir of life” and that this drink is what…

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…

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…

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…