Champagne Cocktail

Well it had been a while since we had been able to gather so we went all out with Prime Rib roast, fresh focaccia and a really delish walnut and avocado salad. And so we decided to start with an oldy, but goody cocktail. You can find a lot of Champagne cocktails if you go…

Paloma

Well it turns out that after more than two years of making and tasting cocktails we haven’t actually tried a traditional Paloma yet. And since Halloween is traditionally tequila night, it made sense to rectify this oversight. This is in fact the 10th year we have all gathered together on Halloween night and indulged in…

The Americano

One of us had an evening engagement so this week we were looking for something “light.” With only about 9% alcohol, the classic Americano fit the bill. Turns out it was first served in the 1860s at Gaspare Campari’s bar in Milan and originally named “Milano-Torino” because of the origins of its two ingredients. Then…

Cuba Libre

We were three for dinner, and it was one of those evenings when no one had any energy. What’s a good go-to cocktail for that situation? Well, the Cuba Libre, for one. The Cuba Libre is a storied cocktail. It originates in Cuba, of course; Jamie Oliver calls it a “legacy” cocktail, and its creation…

Classic Caesar

Happy Canada Day! Well, in fact Canada Day will be behind us when you read this post, but it was Canada Day that prompted us to try a classic cocktail we’ve been intentionally avoiding: the Caesar. History and marketing tell us that the Caesar was invented in Calgary in 1969. Good Canadians that we are,…

Panaché

It was a hot day and we were bond for a picnic and some buffalo watching in Elk Island National Park. I wanted to find a simple cocktail that would hit the spot after some hiking, but not leave us stranded in the wilderness at the end of the day due to high alcohol content….

Planter’s Punch

It’s Z’s turn again to make the cocktail and, as ever, he set out to use up leftover things. This week he wanted to use up some more of the allspice dram he created for the Lion’s Tail. The Planter’s Punch is referred to as “West Indian Planter’s Punch, No.1” in The Gentleman’s Companion (The Gentleman’s…

Raspberry Daiquiri

We were three for dinner at a busy time of year, and there was no time for sourcing anything fancy. But necessity is the mother of search engines and all that, so I quickly found a promising recipe. Daiquiris are classic cocktails built from rum, fruit juice, and sweetener. I’ve had my share of oversweetened,…

Between the Sheets

This one is the true ancestor of all the Silk Panties, Slippery Nipples, Screaming Orgasms and any other of the newfangled concoctions with lascivious monikers that so titillate the cocktail hour set. The Between the Sheets is generally accepted to have been created in the 1920s  — yet another Prohibition creation —  by Harry MacElhone of Harry’s New…

Harvey Wallbanger

The name of this drink takes me right back to my childhood. For some reason, my father would say “Harvey Wallbanger!” in a silly voice and I would laugh like only a four-year-old can. In my memory this is related to Sesame Street, and a quick web search brings back Harvey Kneeslapper (the teller of…