Affinity Cocktail

Affinity Cocktail recipe: scotch, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters

The Affinity Cocktail is an old-school style cocktail, with no fruity liqueurs or fancy herbs. It features two fearsome ounces of scotch, plus dry and sweet vermouth, so it's technically a double. With scotch-based cocktails, I always mention that you don't need to break out the expensive … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Bermuda Highball

Bermuda Highball drink recipe - Brandy, Gin, Dry Vermouth, Club Soda

The Bermuda Highball blends brandy with gin and vermouth, and adds a couple of marrying ingredients to make the whole thing work. It tastes like a carbonated martini that's had some fruit and wood notes added to it. This is a great drink to try if you have never really enjoyed martinis but … [Read more...]

Elderflower Martini

Elderflower Martini recipe - St. Germain's, Bombay Sapphire Gin, Dry Vermouth, Lime

The Elderflower Martini takes your standard martini recipe and adds touches of St. Germain's elderflower liqueur and lime. The citrus and herb notes of the traditional martini are rounded out by the full-bodied light sweetness of the elderflower. This is a drink to enjoy while relaxing, even … [Read more...]

Silver Cocktail

Silver Cocktail - gin, vermouth, maraschino liqueur, bitters

The Silver Cocktail is actually more of a pinkish or reddish color, but who cares? It mixes gin, dry vermouth and maraschino liqueur with a touch of simple syrup and orange bitters. This drink tastes like cherry and citrus with hints of spice. It has a warming effect, which makes it a very … [Read more...]

Dirty Bloody Martini

Dirty Bloody Martini recipe - Pepper Vodka, Clamato Juice, Dry Vermouth, Olive Juice

The Dirty Bloody Martini is a spicy drink featuring pepper vodka as its main ingredient. The other dominant flavors come from the Clamato and the olive juice, so this is a savory drink. Overall, it may remind you of a cross between a Bloody Mary and a vodka martini. The savory and spicy … [Read more...]

Fifty-Fifty cocktail

Fifty-fifty Cocktail recipe - Gin, Dry Vermouth, Olive

The Fifty-Fifty is basically a not-so-dry martini. The recipe calls for equal parts gin and dry vermouth instead of the more traditional mostly gin with a little vermouth mix. You do have to like dry vermouth to enjoy this one. If you do, it's a really nice change from the traditional gin … [Read more...]

Adonis Cocktail

Adonis cocktail recipe - Sweet Vermouth, Dry Sherry, Orange Bitters

The Adonis Cocktail blends sweet vermouth with dry sherry, and then brings it all together with a dash of orange bitters. The overall flavor is wine-like, with that touch of spice from the orange bitters. This drink can be a nice change from wine. It can actually function like a red wine if … [Read more...]

Jet Black

Jet Black drink recipe - Gin, Sweet Vermouth, Black Sambuca

The Jet Black cocktail is, in fact, not jet black but more of a deep purplish blue. It certainly has a lovely mysterious look to it. Black Sambuca is a deep blue liqueur, but you use so little of it in this recipe that it gets watered down to a lighter blue, and then the sweet vermouth adds … [Read more...]