Blood Orange Margarita

To mark the Lunar New Year in boozy style, we not surprisingly reached for three ingredients that pull at our celebratory heartstrings: silver tequila, salt, and lime juice. Then, to make it about the new year (rather than just us), we broke out the oranges, considered traditional symbols of abundance and good fortune. For this…

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…

Cucumber & Vodka Tonic

Flavoured vodka? Pass. In fact, just cruising the booze aisle eyeing the nauseatingly sweet combinations is enough to give me a hangover. So when I came across the cucumber vodka and stopped, no one was more surprised than I was. Alas, I’d seen three different celebrity chefs mixing up cucumber cocktails that week, so I…

Cuban Peach

It was Z’s turn to make a drink again so he went looking through the cabinet to see what was in abundance. He found a mostly full bottle of peach schnapps and the internet provided the following modern cocktail — although there were  no readily findable facts or histories. That night we had mixed up…

Lion’s Tail

Z found out about this drink watching a Q&A by one of his fav YouTubers who said this was their fav cocktail. This drink was first published in the book Café Royal Cocktail Book in 1937. Thought to have been invented by an American bartender overseas during Prohibition, the name is likely a nod to…

Kentucky Bourbon Coffee

I guess I should start by saying that no purest would ever consider this concoction a legit Kentucky Bourbon coffee (or Irish coffee, for that matter). It is, however, the real deal for keeping warm on a winter’s night. Which is exactly what this Sunday’s cocktail called for. Here’s what we poured… Ingredients 4 oz…

Brandy Alexander

After a recent shopping trip, we had whipping cream in the fridge, something of a rarity. Then Bee remarked casually that one day we should make a Brandy Alexander for this blog. Since we were only three for supper, one of us looked at the other and decided this was the day. Given that only…

Chocolate-Covered Cherry

After finding a bottle of crème de cacao for the Brandy Alexander, Z went looking for something else to use it in, along with what we had to hand one Sunday. With his usual google-fu, Z 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,…