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…

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…

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…

The Revolver

I wanted to try something a little less hidden, and the cabinet seems to be overstocked with whiskeys, so a bit of research unveiled the Revolver. It was originally created with Bulleit (bullet/revolver…get it?) Bourbon in San Fran back in the early 2000s as a reversal on the old tradition of adding a shot of…

Sloe Comfortable Screw

I’ve been craving orange juice lately, and where better to imbibe a little extra OJ than in a yummy cocktail. The Sloe Comfortable Screw is an obvious play on the traditional screwdriver. I grew up drinking vodka and lime, not orange juice, but vodka and citrus generally pair well, and I’m willing to give any…

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…

Cane Toad

It was Z’s turn  once again so he looked for a drink in the ever-popular Mixologist app and came up with this one. While this cocktail has no history to be found, it does seem quite popular. There are alternate versions online that uses lemon lime soda (7-Up) in the place of the soda water….