Grasshopper Cocktail

Grasshopper Cocktail recipe: creme de menthe, creme de cacao, light cream

The Grasshopper cocktail is an old classic that's very simple. It tastes like a chocolate mint milkshake, and has fallen out of favor for that reason. And yet, look at all those candy 'tinis people just can't get enough of. At least this drink has the good breeding to hail from the French Quarter of … [Read more...]

Irish Flag

Irish Flag Shooter Cocktail Recipe: green creme de menthe. Licor 43, Irish cream

The Irish Flag is a layered shooter cocktail featuring Irish Cream, green creme de menthe and Licor 43. This combination mimics the colors of the Irish flag - green, orange and white. This shot is a fun choice for St. Patrick's Day. It celebrates Ireland, uses a classic Irish ingredient, and … [Read more...]

Cascade Cocktail

Cascade Cocktail recipe: sweet vermouth, creme de cassis, optional gin

The Cascade Cocktail is an extremely sweet cocktail that tastes like blackcurrant (or raisins) with hints of grape and spice. I find it too cloyingly sweet, so I added my own variation (Recipe #2) which waters those two ingredients down with gin. Still sweet, but less so, and with some herbal and … [Read more...]

Pilgrim Cocktail

Pilgrim Cocktail Recipe: rum, orange juice, orance curacao, pimento liqueur, lime, Angostura bitters

The Pilgrim Cocktail is a sweet and spicy rum-based cocktail. The most uncommon ingredient in it is the pimento liqueur, which is a traditional Jamaican liqueur which tastes something like cinnamon and nutmeg with a hint of clove. I would describe the flavor of this drink as "spiced orange." … [Read more...]

Honey Vanilla Margarita

Honey Vanilla Margarita drink recipe: Casa Noble tequila, Licor 43, Patron Citronge, Lime Juice

The Honey Vanilla Margarita adds a hint of - you guessed it - honey and vanilla to your traditional margarita flavors. I came up with this one after receiving a sample bottle of Casa Noble Crystal white tequila with which to create a recipe for National Margarita Day, February 22. This was actually … [Read more...]

Purple Turtle

Purple Turtle drink recipe: coconut rum, triple sec, cranberry juice, blue curacao

The Purple Turtle cocktail blends the flavors of cranberry and orange with coconut. And when I say blend, that's what I mean. The coconut does not take over in this recipe. It adds a mellow note that rounds out the tartness of the fruit juices, giving them a needed touch of sweetness. This … [Read more...]

East India Cocktail

East India Cocktail Recipe: cognac, dark rum, triple sec, pineapple juice, Angostura bitters

There a couple of cocktails called the East India, and this one is cognac based. Now, cognac is pricey and you may feel it's a waste to use it in a cocktail. In this case, however, the cognac is by dar what you're going to taste the most. So if you decide to settle for a brandy, make sure it's one … [Read more...]

Hanky Panky Cocktail

Hanky Panky Cocktail Recipe: gin, sweet vermouth, Fernet-Branca

The Hanky Panky Cocktail is a classic that dates back to at least the 1920s, so there have been some variations on it. The classic version is 1.5 ounces of gin, 1.5 ounces of sweet vermouth, and 2 dashes of Fernet Branca, a bitter, aromatic spirit, all stirred with ice in a mixing glass rather than … [Read more...]