Americano

The Americano Cocktail recipe blends Campari with sweet vermouth and soda water.

The Americano began life as the "Milano-Torino" at Caffe Camparino in the 1860's, but it was so popular with American ex-pats that it got renamed. As with so many old cocktails, this drink recipe is sometimes stated without specific amounts of the ingredients. You can certainly feel free to … [Read more...]

Algonquin

The Algonquin Cocktail recipe features rye, dry vermouth and pineapple juice.

The Algonquin is a very old classic that dates back to at least the 1930s. It features rye bourbon with dry vermouth and pineapple juice, which makes for a sweet, easy-going, slightly tropical cocktail. If you find this one is a little too mellow, as I do, you can wake it up with a dash of … [Read more...]

Alabama Slammer

The Alabama Slammer blends Southern Comfort, amaretto, sloe gin and orange juice.

The Alabama Slammer has been around since the 70s, and there are a few minor variations on it. The most common version blends Southern Comfort with amaretto, sloe gin and orange juice. It's a delicious fruity cocktail. In this recipe, the amaretto's cherry notes are emphasized. This is one of … [Read more...]

Toasted Almond Cocktail

Toasted Almond drink recipe with Kahlua, amaretto and cream.

The Toasted Almond Cocktail is a drink you can make quickly and easily, and it's such a sweet little treat. You can make it the way bartenders do, which is to shake it and strain it into a glass. But at home, most people opt to just pour the ingredients in a glass with ice (or without, if you're … [Read more...]

Rum ‘n’ Coke Gummies

Rum 'n' Coke Gummies

You know Vodka Gummy Bears, right? And you know those little cola bottle gummies they sell that taste kind of like cola? And you know rum? You can see where I'm going with this. I recently soaked some gummy cola bottles in rum, using the newer, simpler technique I found for the vodka gummy … [Read more...]

The Boulevardier

The Boulevardier drink recipe with whiskey, Campari and sweet vermouth.

If you've rejected the Negroni in the past because you don't like gin, you might want to try The Boulevardier. It uses whiskey instead of gin, and the flavor difference is surprising, even with the other ingredients being the same. I like a good Negroni, made with a gin that's strong enough … [Read more...]

Zolezzi Cocktail

The Zolezzi Cocktail recipe with Midori, blue curacao, vanilla vodka, rum, pineapple juice and Sprite.

The Zolezzi Cocktail has a bit of a story. It was invented by an unknown bartender at Cane's Cantina in San Diego for a couple by the last name of Zolezzi. The couple tweaked the drink for four months until it reached what they considered perfection. This drink features six ounces of liquor … [Read more...]

Rum Sangaree

Rum Sangaree drink recipe, featuring dark rum, Cointreau, ruby port and optional nutmeg.

Recipes for the Rum Sangaree are many and varied. It's a drink from the Antilles that's nearly as old as the United States, and bartenders have been adapting and tweaking it ever since. Some call for light rum, others for dark. Some use lime juice, others an orange liqueur. Most call for Madeira or … [Read more...]

Crimson Cocktail

Crimson Cocktail Recipe: gin, lemon, grenadine, ruby port

The Crimson Cocktail is unusually sweet for a gin-based cocktail. It features gin and either lemon or lime juice, but adds to those a combined ounce of grenadine and port. This is one of those drink recipes you can tweak to your own taste, or your guests' taste. A little more grenadine makes … [Read more...]

What does Hpnotiq taste like?

What does Hpnotiq taste like? A detailed description with cocktail suggestions

Hpnotiq is a low-alcohol (34 proof) liqueur with a distinctive blue color and tropical fruit flavor. It's made from premium vodka and cognac and fruit juices. It's a branded liqueur, which means there's only one version of it and no generics. (See all Hpnotiq recipes.) Taste of Hpnotiq The … [Read more...]