Cocktails

Shaken or stirred, these drink recipes cover all the bases. Martinis, margaritas, all the standards are here along with some you've never heard of.

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...]

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...]

Gin Aloha Cocktail

Gin Aloha Cocktail recipe: Cointreau, gin, pineapple juice, orange bitters

The Gin Aloha Cocktail has a strong orange component in the form of a full shot of Cointreau. Orange liqueurs are often treated as interchangeable, but they all have slightly different flavor profiles. Cointreau is both bitter and sweet, whereas triple sec and curacao is mostly … [Read more...]

Nutcracker Cocktail

Nutcracker cocktail recipe: Kahlua, amaretto, Grand Marnier, Bailey's

There are a lot of very different drinks out there called "Nutcracker cocktail", and I'm pretty sure it's one of those cases where people invent a cocktail and pick a name without checking to see if it's already in use (c'mon, people, we have a thing called search engines now). One thing all … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]