Planter’s Punch

It’s Z’s turn again to make the cocktail and, as ever, he set out to use up leftover things. This week he wanted to use up some more of the allspice dram he created for the Lion’s Tail. The Planter’s Punch is referred to as “West Indian Planter’s Punch, No.1” in The Gentleman’s Companion (The Gentleman’s…

Sex Pistol

Tasked with finding a cocktail at the last minute, Z went looking through the cabinet to see what we had in abundance and found the Goldschlager. Some time on the net revealed this new cocktail which appeared to be the most palatable choice given what was available. The Sex Pistol (named for the 70s punk rock band)…

Honey Bee

The honey-sweeten Honey Bee cocktail is a rum variant of the Prohibition-era Bee’s Knees (which uses gin) we’ve tried previously. It is built on a standard rum sour model but yet remains unique due to the smooth honey flavour. One of my research sites said this rum-based cocktail is”much more forgiving of aggressive honey flavours” and I have to agree. Our liquor…

Raspberry Daiquiri

We were three for dinner at a busy time of year, and there was no time for sourcing anything fancy. But necessity is the mother of search engines and all that, so I quickly found a promising recipe. Daiquiris are classic cocktails built from rum, fruit juice, and sweetener. I’ve had my share of oversweetened,…

Between the Sheets

This one is the true ancestor of all the Silk Panties, Slippery Nipples, Screaming Orgasms and any other of the newfangled concoctions with lascivious monikers that so titillate the cocktail hour set. The Between the Sheets is generally accepted to have been created in the 1920s  — yet another Prohibition creation —  by Harry MacElhone of Harry’s New…

Vesperado

It’s a combination of a Vesper and… We had some new orange bitters we wanted to try and I went looking for something that might suit our tastes and current bar stock. This drink popped up almost right away, but as I looked further I found that Vesperado is a pretty common name among mixologists…

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…