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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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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