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…

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 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…

South of the Border

Another Sunday and autumn feels like it’s really here. Chilly wind, spitting rain, and dark grey clouds. A perfect night to stay in with a warming cocktail — ah, inspiration! This cocktail features two alcohols from warm, sunny Mexico. Though I grew up in the 80s, kahlúa is not one of my go-to liqueurs, probably…

Bufala Negro

I went looking for bourbon drinks a few weeks ago and this one caught my eye. The original recipe I found called for aged balsamic vinegar but we were out —so I shelved it. This week I went looking again and found the recipe below that included a balsamic syrup we could make at home…

Fire Starter

Once again we delved into the Mixologist app for a modern mix that we could concoct with our on-hand ingredients. The Fire Starter has no readily available history, but a quick Google shows it as a popular cocktail albeit with multiple spellings. The evening’s version was slightly modified by cutting everything down to half and…

Grapefruit Cardamom Fizz

Since we’re tiptoeing into fall, I thought I’d look for a recipe that married some of my favourite summer flavours (grapefruit and tequila) with a few of my favourite fall ingredients (cardamom and rosemary). There were lots of recipes to be found, but after coming across this beautiful inspiration, I decided to make some tequila…

Gold Digger

Road trip! That’s right. The BoozePhiles had packed up the car and were on our way to the country to enjoy a day of sunshine, green fields, local lore, and fireworks. Dinner was part of the plan, and so was an easy cocktail for sipping on the verandah. I turned to my trusty reference book…