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. (See all Port recipes.) There are several varieties of … [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...]

Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey Review

Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey

I recently received a bottle of Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey to sample and review. I'd never tasted this brand before. The website says it represents the company's "attempt to create the most interesting Blended Irish whiskey."   The smell of this whiskey reminded me of an apple … [Read more...]

Frisco Sour

Frisco Sour drink recipe: rye or bourbon, Benedictine, lemon, lime

The Frisco Sour is an old classic. The usual recipe for a sour is your main ingredient + lemon + simple syrup or sugar. But this drink uses Benedictine for sweetening. Benedictine is technically a brandy, but it has a flavor that's hard to convey in words. It's sweet - too sweet for many … [Read more...]

What does Campari taste like?

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

Campari is a translucent dark red liqueur that's most commonly drunk by itself as an aperitif (before a meal) or in cocktails like the Negroni. It's made from herbs and fruit, and is often referred to as bitter. Campari is a proprietary recipe owned by one company, Campari Group, so there are no … [Read more...]

Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee drink recipe: Irish whiskey, hot coffee, Irish cream, whipped cream

The Irish Coffee is a classic cocktail featuring coffee and Irish whiskey. There are three variations on it, one with just Irish whiskey and coffee. If you prefer it sweeter, go with the optional Irish cream or sugar. (The Irish cream gets my vote.) This is a quintessential after dinner … [Read more...]

Branca Menta ‘Hopper

Branca Menta Hopper drink recipe: Branca Menta, Creme de Cacao, Tia Maria, Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur

The Branca Menta Hopper started out as a re-imagining of the classic Grasshopper recipe with the sample bottle of Branca Menta which the Fernet company had sent me. But by the time I finished developing the recipe, I wasn't sure how much it even resembled the original. You can make a … [Read more...]

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...]