Vesper

The Vesper –  Made famous by James Bond in 1953’s Casino Royale, this martini is served straight up; shaken, not stirred.  It’s a dry martini that uses the French aperitif wine, Lillet, as opposed to vermouth.  Lillet is made from citrus liqueurs and quinine, so just as the G&T is a perfect combination, I think…

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Toronto

For those who are looking for an introduction to Fernet Branca, the strongly herbal Italian amaro, the Toronto is a great way to start.  The way that the Angostura and Fernet play together is delightful.  They rye provides a great backbone and the simple syrup make the balance perfect.  This would be perfect for a…

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Bee’s Knees

This one is a Prohibition Era cocktail that was originally intended to mask the flavor of poor quality “bathtub” gins.  However with a good gin this one is even better, a nice and refreshing, slightly boozy cocktail. 2 oz Gin 1 oz Lemon Juice 1/2 oz Honey Syrup (use syrup, cold honey doesn’t dissolve well)…

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Hot Brown Derby

2 oz fresh squeezed grapefruit 1 dash of grapefruit extract 1 oz Bulleit rye 1 Tbs of agave 1/2 medium jalapeño For an intense grapefruit flavor, try adding some grapefruit extract in addition to fresh squeezing grapefruit.  This drink is somewhere between a ‘Brown Derby’ and ‘Hot Blooded’… The spiciness of rye and jalapeño take…

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