R.A.F. Cocktail

R.A.F. Cocktail recipe with applejack, apricot brandy and lemon juice.

The R.A.F. Cocktail is applejack and apricot brandy, with an ounce of lemon juice to cut the sweetness. The combination of apple, apricot and lemon is refreshing - mostly sweet, but a little bit tart. This is the sort of cocktail that's ideal for sipping. It's fairly strong and absolutely … [Read more...]

Centauri Sundown

Centauri Sundown drink recipe with 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 with Tia Maria, Cointreau and 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 with amaretto and 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. This shooter is better savored than chugged. The flavor in this one is nutty and sweet with notes of mint and black licorice in the background, … [Read more...]

Nagel Nectar

Nagel Nectar drink recipe with butterscotch schnapps and 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 with Pernod, gin and 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 with rum, raspberry syrup, vermouth and 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 with Captain Morgan's Private Stock, Vernors ginger ale and 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 with scotch, cherry brandy and 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...]

Venus Rum

The Venus Rum cocktail with rum, apricot brandy, triple sec, lime and soda.

The Venus Rum cocktail has a light refreshing flavor, a nice fizzy quality, and double standard alcohol strength. It's actually a rare combination, since most drinks featuring soda water use a lot of it, and consequently don't have much of a kick. This particular drink reverses that … [Read more...]