Chocolate-Covered Cherry

After finding a bottle of crème de cacao for the Brandy Alexander, Zee went looking for something else to use it in, along with what we had to hand one Sunday. With his usual google-fu, Zee found on the following cocktail on BarNoneDrinks.com. As far as we know, there is no specific history to this…

Kamikazee

It was New Year’s and we were preparing a nice Shabu Shabu for dinner and needed a cocktail. I don’t know why I settled on the Kamikaze but I think it was the limes—something tart and acidic to go with all that hotpot goodness. According to cocktail historian David Wondrich (and wikipedia), the Kamikaze first…

Winter Solstice Sangria

Often described as wine punch, sangria or some iteration thereof has been a staple of Spanish culture for centuries. There is no standard recipe for sangria; every sangria we’ve had over the years has been subtly or noticeably different. (A few years ago, Cee was making a super-simple sangria by mixing red wine with 7-Up,…

Cran-Rosemary Julep

Winter solstice. It’s a bit of a celebration around here. And where there are cheers and my dears, there are cocktails. This year, we opted to celebrate with a chill night of tapas paired with tall glasses of sangria and this festive bevvy: Cran-rosemary juleps. Here’s how we made them. Ingredients (makes 4) 1/2 cup…

The Three Miller

It was time to go back in time and once again explore some of the roots of the classic cocktail. It seems a drink called the Three Mile Limit appeared in Harry McElhone’s 1927 book Barflies and Cocktails with the same ingredients of this classic. The cheeky name (it was invented in Harry’s New York…

The Vesper

Tasked with using up some leftover ingredients Z hunted down some drinks containing said ingredients and stumbled upon this one. The Vesper was invented by a friend of Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels, and was made famous by appearing (recipe and all) in his novel Casino Royale. In Casino Royale Bond asks for a…

Strawberry Lime Paloma

Around here, Halloween and tequila go together like tricks and treats. So it’s no surprise that this year’s cocktail (and the shots that followed it) showcased one of our favourite tequilas: Corzo (silver). It’s so good, in fact, that I considered not “wasting” it on cocktails. But as deliciousness would have it, the Corzo (in…

Southern Mule

It’s late fall in much of the country, but here in our neck of the woods, winter has arrived. A warming cocktail was definitely in order. Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’re aware of the massive resurgence of interest in the Moscow Mule over the last couple of years. The Southern Mule is…

Sazerac

The Sazerac is one of the claimants for oldest cocktail ever, so  of course we decided we should give it a try. There are two recipes (see below) so we decided to mix four of the original recipe and one of the rye version to share and compare. And given how old the recipe is…

The Manhattan

Thanksgiving dinner is a time to for gratitude and tradition, so it seemed appropriate to explore a truly classic cocktail. Thus, the Manhattan, one of the oldest North American cocktails we’ve tried so far. The Manhattan is generally made with rye whisky, but apparently the cocktail craze has caused bourbon to become a popular alternative…