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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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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Imperial Cocktail

Although I have seen a few cocktails bearing the name “Imperial Cocktail”, this is a variation I find that is a good mix of sour and refreshing.  Although this is essentially a gimlet with the addition of Aperol, I would recommend against using all Rose’s lime juice as it adds a bit too much sugar….

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Pompano (#2)

On a recent trip to restock the cordial collection, I finally broke down and bought Grand Marnier.  It’s something that’s been on my ‘wish list’ for way too long, so I wanted to break it in right.  I took an original recipe that I stumbled upon with an ingredient list consisting of orange juice, sweet…

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