Strawberry Patch

Strawberry Patch drink recipe: strawberry liqueur, cherry vodka, Galliano, sloe gin, mandarin juice, cream

The Strawberry Patch cocktail is a sinfully sweet, fruity treat. Seriously, if you're not looking for a super sweet dessert cocktail, just run away now. The only ingredient in this one that isn't sweet is the whipping cream. The Galliano has some spicy notes (anise and ginger, mainly), but … [Read more...]

What does Pisco taste like?

What does Pisco taste like? A detailed description, along with cocktail suggestions.

Pisco is a clear or light amber brandy with a proof in the mid-80s. That's pretty potent - around the same as gin, straight up. Taste of Pisco The brand I tried was Pisco Porton, one of the more readily available brands in the US. Pisco brandy is only made in Chile and Peru, and Pisco Porton … [Read more...]

Green Eyes

Green Eyes Drink Recipe: rum, Midori, coconut cream, pineapple juice, Rose's Lime

The Green Eyes Cocktail is inspired by tropical cocktails. To the usual combination of pineapple, coconut, rum and lime, it adds Midori for an interesting twist. The melon notes from the Midori are strong here, but the pineapple is almost equal to it, and the lime helps it all blend into one … [Read more...]

Arcadia Cocktail

Arcadia Cocktail recipe: gin, Galliano, creme de banane, grapefruit juice

The Arcadia Cocktail boasts an unusual flavor combination: banana, grapefruit and anise. All combined with gin and its juniper-citrus notes. The anise here is overshadowed by the combination of banana and grapefruit. The dominant notes are sweet and tangy, followed by anise and whatever … [Read more...]

Fox River Cocktail

Fox River Cocktail Recipe: bourbon, brown creme de cacao, Angostura bitters

The Fox River Cocktail is bourbon based - specifically, it's based on two ounces of bourbon and not a lot else. This should tell you two things about the drink. First, the flavor of the bourbon is going to have a lot to say about the flavor of the drink. It's worth stepping up to a "better" … [Read more...]

What does Midori taste like?

What does Midori taste like? A detailed description along with cocktail suggestions.

Tonight's experimenting with Midori worked out lovely. Though I will have to pick up another bottle, as I went through about half of mine. Taste of Midori Midori is a melon flavored liqueur; it originated in Japan (my bottle was made by Suntory, though). It is a very visually appealing … [Read more...]

Rusty Nail

Rusty Nail drink recipe: Scotch, Drambuie

The Rusty Nail cocktail is an old classic that dates back to the 1930s. It blends smoky scotch with sweet Drambuie for a flavor that's surprisingly sweet and easygoing. Even if you don't like scotch or Drambuie much, the combination of the two may actually work for you. The Drambuie's honey … [Read more...]

Avartini Cocktail

Avartini Cocktail recipe: Stoli Blueberi, blue curacao, Sprite

The Avartini Cocktail features Stolichnaya Blueberi Vodka, which is not the most common ingredient in cocktails. Here, it provides most of the liquor for the drink, and also most of the flavor. The blueberry vodka is clear, so the blue color of the cocktail comes from the half-ounce of blue … [Read more...]

March Rain Cocktail

March Rain Cocktail recipe: Tia Maria, Canton Ginger Liqueur, St. Germain, Casa Noble, lime juice

The March Rain Cocktail is something I created one rainy evening in March, hence the name. I started with sweet liqueurs, which is unusual for me since I generally don't love sweet cocktails, but it ended up not so sweet, with an even less sweet version that's just as tasty. I started with … [Read more...]

What does Port taste like?

What does Port taste like? A detailed description of the flavor, along with some cocktail suggestions.

Port is a fortified wine, traditionally made in Portugal; these days one can find 'port' that is bottled in America, but only port made in Portugal can have a seal that reads "vinho de porto garantia", ensuring it is authentic port. There are several varieties of port; I am dealing only with … [Read more...]