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 with Irish whiskey, hot coffee, Irish cream and 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 with creme de menthe, creme de cacao and 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 with green creme de menthe. Licor 43 and 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, of course, a fun choice for St. Patrick's Day. But it's lovely for any day - sweet and … [Read more...]

Cascade Cocktail

Cascade Cocktail recipe with sweet vermouth, creme de cassis and 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 with rum, orange juice, orance curacao, pimento liqueur, lime and 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." The … [Read more...]

Honey Vanilla Margarita

Honey Vanilla Margarita drink recipe with Casa Noble tequila, Licor 43, Patron Citronge and 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...]