Crimson Cocktail

Crimson Cocktail Recipe: gin, lemon, grenadine, ruby port

The Crimson Cocktail is unusually sweet for a gin-based cocktail. It features gin and either lemon or lime juice, but adds to those a combined ounce of grenadine and port. This is one of those drink recipes you can tweak to your own taste, or your guests' taste. A little more grenadine makes … [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...]

Pisco Sour

Pisco Sour drink recipe: Pisco Porton, sugar, lemon, egg white, Angostura bitters

In honor of World Pisco Sour Day, SUSHISAMBA (a New York restaurant) has shared with me their recipe for the all-time Peruvian favorite cocktail, the Pisco Sour. This is basically the classic recipe, but they double shake it and double strain it to ensure a really silky texture with the egg … [Read more...]

Matcha Pisco

Matcha Pisco drink recipe: Pisco Porton, matcha green tea, orange curacao, pineapple, tarragon, lemon, egg white

The Matcha Pisco cocktail was submitted to me on behalf of Craig Tabandera, Beverage Director at SUSHISAMBA, a Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian fusion restaurant in New York City. While the restaurant will be serving this and other Pisco-based cocktails on February 7, World Pisco Sour Day, those of … [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...]

Bella Bellini

Bella Bellini mocktail recipe: peach puree, sparkling dry white grape juice, mineral water, lemon

The Bella Bellini is a non-alcoholic mocktail take on the traditional Bellini, which blends prosecco with peach puree. Now, the obvious way to make this one non-alcoholic is to replace the Prosecco with non-alcoholic sparkling cider. But that cider adds a distinct apple flavor to it, and I wanted to … [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...]

Green Fairy

Green Fairy Drink Recipe - Absinthe, Water, Lemon, Egg White, Angostura Bitters

The Green Fairy cocktail is a very old classic, probably one of the oldest cocktails in the world. It's so named because its main ingredient, absinthe, is green. But the drink itself is actually not green, as you can see in the photo. The original recipe probably predates shakers, so it … [Read more...]

The Opium Cocktail

Opium Cocktail drink recipe from Calle Dao - Bourbon, Tamarind Syrup, Ruby Red, Lemon, Poppy Seed Tincture

The Opium is a bourbon-based cocktail created by Joy Daniel at Calle Dao, a Cuban-Chinese fusion restaurant that recently opened in New York City. It blends the bourbon with fresh-squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice, tamarind syrup, lemon juice and poppy seed for a surprisingly refreshing … [Read more...]

Sitarski cocktail

Sitarski Cocktail recipe - Rum, Lime, Lemon, Grapefruit

The Sitarski cocktail blends three different citrus juices with dark rum and a touch of superfine sugar. The result is tangy yet smooth, with the grapefruit flavor predominating. The citrus juices are mellowed just enough to make them highly drinkable. Enjoy a Sitarski when you want a … [Read more...]