Blackberry Margarita

Blackberry Margarita recipe

The Blackberry Margarita features blackberry liqueur along with silver tequila, lime juice and Cointreau. The flavor starts out tart but finishes more mellow and sweet. This recipe doesn’t call for a salt rim – you can add that if you like, but I don’t personally love it with the blackberry liqueur. You could also try […]

Pineapple Margarita

Pineapple Margarita recipe

The Pineapple Margarita adds fresh pineapple juice to the usual Margarita recipe. I always expect pineapple to take over the flavor of a drink, but in this case the lime and orange give all that sweetness a nice, refreshing edge. And the agave flavor from the tequila adds some wonderful complexity. This recipe serves 8, […]

Cadillac Margarita

Cadillac Margarita recipe

What makes the Cadillac Margarita special is the Reposado tequila. Reposado is “reposed” or calm/relaxed in Spanish – it’s at the first stage of aging for a tequila. It takes on the flavor of the wooden barrel in which it ages, and that gives it intriguing oak notes along with the agave flavor. Add to […]

Presidential Margarita

Presidential Margarita recipe

The Presidential Margarita adds brandy to the usual tequila, Cointreau and lime juice mix. The result is a slightly sweeter and more full-bodied margarita. This drink is particularly nice after dinner or in the evening because it’s a fairly stiff drink, good for when you’re ready to kick back and relax. Recipe  1 1/2 ounces […]

Riley cocktail

Riley Cocktail recipe - Cointreau, Creme de Cassis, rum, citrus

The Riley cocktail features light rum with the flavors of orange, lemon, lime and a touch of berry. The dominant flavor is citrus, but the berry takes the tart edge off. This is a drink that’s lightly fruity, lightly sweet and lightly refreshing – not too much of anything. Nice and mild, but not lacking […]

Blue Skies

Blue Skies cocktail

The Blue Skies cocktail is a British recipe, so when it calls for lemonade, it’s referring to a carbonated beverage. Lemonade in the US is flat, so to my fellow Americans, I recommend adding some club soda to your flat lemonade to get the same effect. Of course you can just use flat lemonade, but […]

Pink Margarita

Pinkish drink in salt-rimmed margarita glass

The Pink Margarita is very much like a classic margarita except for the addition of a dash of grenadine. The dominant flavors are lime followed by orange, followed by a hint of cherry. As an alternative to a margarita, this drink is a little more mellow without being sweet. It’s not a complete departure from […]

French Sailor

Cloudy clear cocktail in old-fashioned glass

The French Sailor cocktail is rather unique in one way: it uses warm cointreau. Unless you chill the vodka, the whole drink will be on the warm side. The dominant flavor here is orange, and because it’s warmed it comes through more strongly than the citrus flavor of the vodka. Warmed orange is a soothing […]

5 Pm

Dark brown liquid with a few bubbles in a decorative tea cup with orange garnish

The 5 Pm cocktail is one of those unusual ones that uses hot tea as an ingredient. It features dark rum and the orange flavor of Cointreau. This one’s obviously designed with work quitting time in mind, but I think it makes a nice drink for sometime after dinner. I also recommend adding milk to […]