Cascade Cocktail

Cascade Cocktail recipe: sweet vermouth, creme de cassis, 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...]

Hanky Panky Cocktail

Hanky Panky Cocktail Recipe: gin, sweet vermouth, Fernet-Branca

The Hanky Panky Cocktail is a classic that dates back to at least the 1920s, so there have been some variations on it. The classic version is 1.5 ounces of gin, 1.5 ounces of sweet vermouth, and 2 dashes of Fernet Branca, a bitter, aromatic spirit, all stirred with ice in a mixing glass rather than … [Read more...]

English Rose Cocktail

English Rose Cocktail recipe: apricot brandy, gin, vermouth, grenadine, lemon

The English Rose Cocktail is gorgeous as well as tasty. It contrasts the sweetness of apricot brandy and grenadine with gin, dry vermouth and lemon. The result is a tart-sweet flavor that's nicely complex but still easy to like. The look of this drink makes it great for Christmas or Valentine's … [Read more...]

Gin Sour

Gin Sour drink recipe: gin, lemon juice, superfine sugar

The Gin Sour is another cocktail from the whole sour family, which includes the Whiskey Sour and Amaretto Sour. There are just about infinite varieties of sour recipes, and the basic formula is: liquor + lots of lemon juice + some sugar to take the edge off the lemon. This is an old school … [Read more...]

Casino Royale

Casino Royale Cocktail recipe: gin, lemon, maraschino liqueur, orange bitters, egg yolk

The Casino Royale cocktail was probably named after the first James Bond novel, and it has the sort of ingredient list you expect from the drinks of the sixties. Along with gin, lemon juice and maraschino liqueur, it uses an egg yolk which adds a bit of thickness and froth to the drink. (As always, … [Read more...]

Gin Flourish {MixThatDrink Original}

Gin Flourish drink recipe: blackcurrant soda, gin, Patron Citronge

The Gin Flourish cocktail features notes of black currant, lemon and orange, blended together to form a flavor that's slightly sweet but distinctly citrus. Blackcurrant sodas are not readily available everywhere, so if you can't find one in your area, I've included a mix involving club soda and … [Read more...]

Devon Air

Devon Air drink recipe: Applejack, gin, dry cider, grenadine

The Devon Air cocktail blends the apple brandy and apple cider with gin and grenadine. The taste is something like a crisp apple that's just barely sweet. This is an unexpectedly refreshing drink that's perfect for fall, but also any other time of the year. You don't need an expensive apple … [Read more...]

Wild Sacramento

Wild Sacramento Drink Recipe: vodka, tequila, triple sec, gin, sour mix, bitters, lemon juice

The Wild Sacramento is one of those cocktails that's based on three liquors, some liqueurs and a touch of juice. It's on the strong side, and doesn't try to hide that fact. This drink is all about lemon and orange. If you use Hendrick's gin and a silver tequila, those notes will be even … [Read more...]

Caramel Appletini

Caramel Appletini drink recipe: gin, Jolly Ranchers Vodka or Rum, Salted Caramel Vodka or Rum

Reader William Froment sent me this wonderful recipe he created with two of our popular infusions: Jolly Ranchers Vodka (or rum) and Salted Caramel Vodka (or rum). William prefers rum, and yes, vodka and rum are pretty much interchangeable in these infusions. Just make sure the rum or vodka you … [Read more...]

Bone Crusher

Bone Crusher drink recipe - Gin, Vodka, Triple Sec, Rum, Grenadine, Lime, Sour Mix, Champagne

The Bone Crusher cocktail combines three white liquors with champagne, grenadine, triple sec and lime. Don't bother breaking out your best champagne - any good, drinkable one (and possibly some nearly undrinkable ones) will work in this cocktail, with all the other ingredients adding to the … [Read more...]

Flamingo Cocktail

Flamingo Cocktail drink recipe - Apricot Brandy, Gin, Lime, Grenadine

The Flamingo Cocktail is a reddish pink drink that cries out for an umbrella and any other kitschy cocktail accessories you have on hand. It tastes like citrus and berry with an underlying sweetness. This is one of those rare drinks that makes good use of apricot brandy's cloying sweetness. … [Read more...]

Superman Cocktail

Superman Cocktail recipe - Gin, Vermouth, Mandarin Juice, Apricot Brandy, Grenadine

The Superman Cocktail features gin and dry vermouth with mandarin juice, apricot brandy and grenadine. If it wasn't called Superman, you might think it's perfect for a girl's night out. And, well, it is, among other things. This is a drink that's sweet and tart, with notes of cherry and … [Read more...]