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.

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...]

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...]

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...]

Affinity Cocktail

Affinity Cocktail recipe: scotch, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters

The Affinity Cocktail is an old-school style cocktail, with no fruity liqueurs or fancy herbs. It features two fearsome ounces of scotch, plus dry and sweet vermouth, so it's technically a double. With scotch-based cocktails, I always mention that you don't need to break out the expensive … [Read more...]