Classic Caesar

Happy Canada Day! Well, in fact Canada Day will be behind us when you read this post, but it was Canada Day that prompted us to try a classic cocktail we’ve been intentionally avoiding: the Caesar. History and marketing tell us that the Caesar was invented in Calgary in 1969. Good Canadians that we are,…

Orange Crush

It was time to break out the Dry Curacao. I had bought it a year ago knowing it was a common ingredient in classic cocktails and assumed we’d need it. But nope. Not even once has any stumbled-upon recipe called for it. So I went looking. What I found was this recipe for an Orange…

Gin & Jam

I’d been coming across a lot of gin-and-jam recipes this past year and thought it was time to try one. My timing, however, wasn’t ideal since my raspberry freezer-jam stash was long, l-o-n-g, gone. My best option? Good, ol’ E.D. Smith. Ed, as he’s affectionately known to me, makes an apricot passionfruit jam that’s tart…

The Impeachment

It was time for a Sunday dinner on a Saturday because people are going sailing. Z needed a drink so he foolishly wondered to himself if there was a Reddit for cocktails. Turns out there are two: R/cocktail and R/cocktails. This tasty concoction came from the front page of R/cocktails. It appears to be a…

Panaché

It was a hot day and we were bond for a picnic and some buffalo watching in Elk Island National Park. I wanted to find a simple cocktail that would hit the spot after some hiking, but not leave us stranded in the wilderness at the end of the day due to high alcohol content….

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…