Cuba Libre

Rum and coke?  Why would I write about such a simple drink as a Cuba Libre, two reasons: 1)  This drink is delicious and too often I see it made incorrectly or just bad 2)  With my recent acquisition of Havana Club rum (although I would normally not utilize a 7 year old rum for…

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Pisco Sour

The Pisco Sour, no discussion about Peru would be complete without mentioning this frothy, sour, and sweet cocktail. The origins have been debated many times (example) of whether it originated in Peru or Chile, however it seems that Peru has claimed both Pisco and the aforementioned Pisco Sour as its own. Using Pisco, a Peruvian…

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Old Pepper

WARNING: This red hot, spicy cocktail is not for the faint of heart.  If you love spicy anything, I would definitely give this one a try! I discovered this cocktail at Julep, in Houston, and was hooked at first taste.  It was sweet, spicy, and boozy all in one!  With such excitement, I thought it…

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Prince Harry Cocktail

Named for the lovable redhead younger brother of Prince William, the Prince Harry has loads of ginger, dark rum and a dash of bitters.  This cocktail is a close cousin of the dark & stormy with an extra boozy, ginger twist.  It’s extra ingredient, King’s Ginger was specifically formulated in the early 1900’s for King Edward…

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Japanese

Although its origins are vague, this is possibly one of the oldest recorded cocktails, first printed in 1862 in Jerry Thomas’ cocktail guide, possibly the first bartender guide ever.  The cognac and orgeat syrup with the additional complexity of Angostura makes a great drink.  My recommendation is to use a VS cognac on this (don’t…

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