Chocolate Heaven Martini

Chocolate Heaven Martini recipe - Godiva Chocolate and White Chocolate Liqueurs, Bailey's, Creme de Cacao, Vodka, Cream

The Chocolate Heaven Martini is one of those wonderful chocolate martinis that actually captures a terrific chocolate flavor and doesn't clutter it up with coffee liqueur or frangelico or anything decisively not chocolate. It's just chocolate, vodka and cream. The recipe doesn't call for … [Read more...]

R.A.F. Cocktail

R.A.F. Cocktail recipe - Applejack, Apricot Brandy, Lemon Juice

The R.A.F. Cocktail is basically two ounces of brandy with an ounce of lemon juice - and that sounds delicious right there - but it has a special twist. It doesn't use plain brandy or even cognac: it uses applejack and apricot brandy to add wonderful hints of fruity flavor. This is the sort … [Read more...]

Centauri Sundown

Centauri Sundown drink recipe - Vodka, Grenadine and Sour Mix

The Centauri Sundown is a very easy-going drink. It puts the famously flavorless vodka with the grenadine of your childhood and the sweet and sour mix that's not far off from a lemon-limeade. Neither your tastebuds nor your ability to stand up are being challenged much by this cocktail. Think … [Read more...]

Velvet Hammer

Velvet Hammer drink recipe: Tia Maria, Cointreau, Cream

The next time you're looking to knock yourself out but wishing it could be painless, use a Velvet Hammer. This drink packs more alcohol than you think, given its smooth, sweet, creamy taste. The Velvet Hammer looks a lot like a White Russian, and they do both use a coffee liqueur and creamer. … [Read more...]

Midnight Oil

Midnight Oil drink recipe - Amaretto, Jaggermeister

The Midnight Oil shot got its name from its appearance: it looks a little like oil. It's basically three parts amaretto to one part J√§germeister, and the flavor is rich, nutty and slightly fruity. This shooter is better savored than chugged. Enjoy a Midnight Oil whenever you're in the mood … [Read more...]

Nagel Nectar

Nagel Nectar drink recipe - Butterscotch Schnapps, Milk

Mixing milk with delicious things is a long-standing tradition for a reason: it adds a fantastic texture and some richness to the flavor. There's something about the way milk goes down, chilling your insides bit by bit as it makes its way through your body. The Nagel Nectar mixes an equal … [Read more...]

Foggy Day

Foggy Day drink recipe - Pernod, Gin, Cold Water

The Foggy Day cocktail makes use of a mixer I personally don't think about too often: water. Usually, water is just used to dilute strong liquors and, well, I like 'em the way they come out of the bottle. But in this case, the water does a bit more than that. Cold water turns room temperature … [Read more...]

Raspberry Blush

Raspberry Blush drink recipe: rum, raspberry syrup, vermouth, lime

The Raspberry Blush has a liquor combination that might strike you as odd: dark rum and dry vermouth. Most people aren't familiar with good vermouth, so it has an undeserved reputation for being gross. When it's good, it's basically an herbed, spiced wine that lends itself to cocktails that will … [Read more...]

Naughty Gnome

Naughty Gnome drink recipe - Captain Morgan's Private Stock, Vernors Ginger Ale, Bitters

Vernors Ginger Ale was a staple when I was growing up. It's a rich, spicy ginger ale - not your usual pale stuff. It's a real treat, and its mascot has always, for some reason, been a gnome. The Naughty Gnome cocktail takes Vernors Ginger Ale to new heights by adding dark rum and a little bit … [Read more...]


Aquarius drink recipe - Scotch, Cherry Brandy, Cranberry Juice

People born under the astrology sign Aquarius are supposedly charmingly eccentric and able to get along with all sorts of folks. A cocktail named after them should reflect those qualities, as indeed the Aquarius does. The delicious, distinctive flavor of cranberry meets the equally scotch … [Read more...]