Saturday, August 24, 2013

March on Washington

Lots of people are in town this week to mark the 50th anniversary march on Washington and we thought we'd mark the occasion with a little drink. What else do you do with out of town guests!

1 oz Makers Mark bourbon
1 oz Tanqueray gin
1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 oz Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
Dash of Angostura bitters
Reeds ginger ale

Mix the first 5 ingredients together with ice in a shaker. Please note the equal measure of bourbon, gin and lime juice - equality is important after all! Pour over ice in a Collins glass and top off with ginger ale and a slice of lime.

It was hard to wait for this one - I was barely able to take a photo of it . Maybe I should have told them to prove how much they needed refreshments and have them band together and march on the capital or something.


Monday, August 19, 2013

Hot Lips

2 oz Tres Agaves Tequila Blanca
1 oz Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
1 tsp agave nectar (or to taste)
3 basil leaves
3 slices jalapeno pepper (with or without seeds)
1/2 lime
Dash of lime bitters (optional)
Muddle the tequila with the jalapeno slices, the basil leaves and the half lime cut up into smaller pieces. Add ice and all the other ingredients and shake vigorously. Strain with a fine mesh strainer into cocktail glass.
Prepare to have your lips tingle!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Manhattan Bing

Himself loves a Manhattan and was one of the reasons we made cherry bitters to try it in one of these. It did not disappoint.

2oz James E. Pepper 1776 rye whiskey
1/2 - 1oz sweet vermouth
Bada Bing cherry to garnish (much preferred to the maraschino)
12-18 drops/2-3 dashes cherry bitters

Friday, August 9, 2013

Sicilian Side Car

Or a Sicilian Side Track - I have a post ready on how we used our Cherry Bitters but this week I've been thinking of a dear friend who is moving away from the area and in her honor I made one of her favorite cocktails - the Side Car. But why Sicilian? I used Solerno blood orange liqueur instead of Cointreau and celebrated my friend's Italian roots. (I totally made that last part up - I'm all out of Cointreau!)

2oz brandy or cognac
1oz Solerno Liqueur
1oz freshly squeezed lemon juice

Shake all together with ice and strain into a chilled glass.

Here's to new adventures and the mountain air of Colorado!

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

More Bitters

We also made some Cherry Bitters following this recipe and looking forward to sampling it in a Manhattan - and then making up many variants.

Looking forward to making more bitters too.

Thursday, August 1, 2013


There was a sushi restaurant we used to go to years ago that had a Saketini that we loved that had a great cucumber flavor. Alas the restaurant is no longer there but I threw together in its memory with what was left of sake and Lillet Blanc in our fridge. This is the kind of cleaning out a fridge I like!

2 parts chilled  sake
1 part chilled Lillet Blanc
1 part gin (optional)
Slice of cucumber for garnish

Stir together and sip. Sip!

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