Rhubarb & Elderflower Cordial

I inherited a bottle of handcrafted, small-batch, Ontario cordial from my mother and had no idea what to do with it… until I read the recipe on the back of the bottle. Here’s how we made it. Ingredients 1 1/2 ounces dry gin (we used Sipsmith) 3/4 ounce Split Tree Rhubarb & Elderflower Cordial 1/2…

Frozé-eh

I’m generally not a fan of rosé, but God help me, I do love a pun, so when Canada Day rolled around, I busted out my best from both columns and made some frozé-eh. Get it?! Sigh… Ingredients (makes 4) 1 bottle rosé (dry and fruity, not sweet) 2 cups strawberries 3 tbsp sugar  2…

Ginger Fizz

I was looking for some thing that said SPRING! I wanted a bit of bite so I figured it was time for some ginger beer and put Google to work. It came up with two fairly similar recipes: a Ginger Fizz and a Cilantro Lime Fizz. They both used gin, ginger beer, limes and cilantro…

The Paper Plane

This little cocktail’s been on my radar for a while now, so when I stumbled across it on Bar Clementine’s “Cocktails to Try Before You Die” menu, I decided I should work on that. But first some totally unverified info brought to you by the Internets: Invented by a New York bartender named Sam Ross,…

The Smash

According to my beautiful advent calendar, it’s December 1 and family dinner night. And though those two things are reason enough to pour a cocktail, we’re also all too aware that the month is about to fly, and so are we, in non-coordinating directions. So! Raise a glass, we shall. Tonight’s offering, The Smash, found…

Cinnamon Rosemary Old Fashioned

So, there’s no good way to say it: It’s been snowing here at least once a week for the last month, and it’s only the first week of October. Cue the bourbon cocktails! I searched online a few different times, but everything seemed to lead to the same variation of a bourbon-pear-sage libation, until I…

Bocce Ball

We were still looking for some lower alcohol cocktails and this pairing of citrus and almond fit the bill. It certainly sounded refreshing. Named after the Italian ball sport, Bocce Balls showed up in the early 80s almost certainly invented by Di Saronno to help popularize their amaretto. It appeared in numerous advertisements placed by…

Brown Gin

Brown Gin adds a hefty dose of bitters to the classic Pink Gin. In the 1800s, British Navy sailors treated sea sickness with Angostura bitters. Since they are pretty strong solo, they’d mix it with their gin rations to make it go down easier, creating the original Pink Gin. This version more than doubles down on the…

Cachaça Spritzer

The weeks have completely flown by for me this summer, so when I blinked and discovered it was Sunday again, I decided to make time to shake, rattle, and pour. The pantry was a little bare, and I didn’t want to again default to tequila, so I settled on making a spritzer of some kind…

South Slope

We were looking for something with a summer feel and I wanted to use some more of the Cocchi Americano. So I hit the internet and came up with a whole lot of oldies, but not that many newer, more refreshing-sounding mixes. Then I came across the South Slope, a modern cocktail found in the…