Hot Buttered Rum

As the holidays draw to a close we can now reflect on our good times and fond memories.  I for one am glad the season is ending.  It was great, but it was also exhausting.  The one thing I will take away was the feeling of serving a new cocktail…

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Fire!

Tiki Oasis is done for another year and it was a blast! Before I can write about it, I need to recover, so in the meantime, take a look at this recap (and kind words about BDW) from the lovely Tartines to Tikis (which you should already be reading if…

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A Punch, a Thing of Beauty Be!

Come ye back from the sea my friend,  lest the scurvy becomes your end. Drink punch with lime, and a ration of rum.  A brimming bowl, like a bucket of chum, It will blithe your spirit and cure your ill, once you have bellied up and drunk your fill! -Boyd Rinksworld  The punch in…

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The Cat-Hatten

Dubonnet, a spicy fortified wine with the bitter tang of quinine, is a great choice to replace vermouth if you want to shake up a traditional cocktail. This drink substitutes the traditional vermouth in the Manhatten with Dubonnet Rouge, and is called the Dubonnet Manhattan or, as I prefer, The…

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Absinthe Cookies

Nothing makes this boy happier than fresh homemade cookies, but true love came this week in the form of absinthe cookies from my talented cohort Ish.   These cookies are awesome!  A subtle anise cookie reminiscent of a fluffy little scone with a potent Absinthe glaze.   These cookies were also very…

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The Cherry Reviver

So I wanted to make a Corpse Reviver #2, but had run out of Lilet Blanc.   Inspired by other variations, I swapped the Lilet for Maraska Maraschino Cherry Liqueur and added a squeeze of blood orange for a nice pink color.  One guest recommended I call this “The Panty Dropper” – although…

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Cocktail Dogfight

I love a good Greyhound or a Salty Dog, but I find that even this simple drink is pretty repulsive at most bars.  The juice dispensers or little tin cans of grapefruit juice so common at most establishments give an awful, processed or tinny flavor.   Many bars (even those serving “premium”…

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