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,…

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…

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…

Corpse Reviver No. 2

“The Corpse Reviver No. 2 is booze education in a coupe glass.” I started looking for some old, quintessential cocktails and this one was on every list I found. Back in the late 1800s, Corpse Reviver drinks were promoted as hangover cures  for the inebriates of the day. There were a bunch of drinks that claimed their potency…

The Piña Colada

After a week of warm, muggy days I was longing for something sweet and icy, and ice cream wasn’t hitting the spot. A flip through my trusty book of inspiration led me to the perfect — and perfectly ironic — thing: a classic blended cocktail, the piña colada. The piña colada was created at a…

Strawberry Mojito

What’s not to love about a mojito. Well, if you’re me: the rum, club soda and honey, for starters. But knowing that I’ve had and loved mojitos, I was determined to give making one a try. Here’s what we concocted. Ingredients (makes 4) 40 mint leaves, torn 1 tbsp sugar 2 1/2 cups sliced strawberries…

Classic Margarita Pitcher

It’s Canada Day! Or it was when we made this pitcher of deliciousness. July 1 was Canada’s sesquicentennial, and how better to celebrate 150 years of belonging to an eh-saying culture than by raising a glass? I’ve been meaning to make a classic margarita for months, but even under the heading “classic” I found numerous…

Kir Royale

For our summer solstice celebration I was feeling sentimental and so decided to lean on history. Earlier this year we tried the Kir cocktail, which is crème de cassis with white wine. The Kir Royale ups the ante by using Champagne in place of wine. In the communopoly, however, we tend to prefer cava to…