The classic lemon drop is a wonderfully sophisticated yet supremely approachable cocktail. This seasonal riff on the classic is all that and more. Though lacking the sour notes of the lemon drop, the blood orange is the star of this cocktail. Fully embracing the sweet acidity of the blood orange, this vibrant cocktail is as visually stunning as it is delicious.
The classic lemon drop can be found on almost every bar menu. It is the favorite drink of anyone who likes the idea of getting a drink in a cocktail glass, but doesn’t want the alcohol forward character of Manhattans or martinis. The sour acidity of the lemon works to balance the sweet character of the drink. All with a dash of sophisticated presentation. While the lemon drop does have the risk of becoming cloyingly sweet, if made correctly this is a cocktail that can please a wide range of tastes. And is infinitely drinkable in a myriad of settings. When made well, the lemon drop can remind of a wonderful homemade lemonade, refreshingly sour and absolutely delicious.
We covered the classic brandy crusta several weeks ago. The brandy crusta is a wonderful cocktail that many argue led to the creation of the more famous Sidecar. But as brandy is an oaked spirit, you may have wondered how it’s brown brethren like aged rum and bourbon might perform in the crusta. The verdict? The bourbon crusta is amazing! The sweet notes of caramel blend with the oak and fire of the rye to make a lovely twist on the crusta concept. Bourbon Crusta 1½ ounces Cognac 1 teaspoon Orange Liqueur 2 dashes Angostura Bitters 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon simple syrup rim with sugar garnish with 1″ curl of lemon peel Begin by filling a cocktail or coupe glass with ice. Then set the glass aside to chill. Now fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the bourbon, orange liqueur, bitters, lemon, and simple syrup. While Learn More
Hailing from the Caribbean island of Jamaica, the port antonio is perfectly balanced tiki cocktail that makes excellent use of the spicy liqueur falernum. Falernum has been featured in a number of the other tiki cocktails on broke and thirsty and is one of my favorite tiki ingredients. Furthermore, falernum is perfect for making tiki cocktails feel winter appropriate with warm notes of clove and allspice. This port antonio balances the falernum with the acidity of lime and sweet coffee liqueur. This rum forward tiki cocktail is not to be confused with another rum based cocktail also called the port antonio which features a generous portion of grenadine. Far less fruity and with expertly balanced sweetness, this port antonio is sure to be enjoyed no matter what the season.
The alexander is one of those classic cocktails that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Overshadowed by its successor the Brandy Alexander, this rare combination of gin and cream is smooth beyond your wildest dreams. It was also the personal favorite of John Lennon. So let’s be real, if this cocktail was good enough for the legendary Beatles co-founder, you really do need to try it! Alexander 1 ounce Gin 1 ounce Creme de Cacao 1 ounce cream ¼ egg white Begin by filling a cocktail glass with ice and setting aside to chill. Optimally you will have two shakers to make the alexander. The first shaker you will fill with ice. Pour in the gin, creme de Cacao (preferably white), cream, and egg white. Shake with ice till chilled. Next strain this concoction into the second ice-free shaker. Now dry shake the cocktail for a good thirty seconds – Learn More
Not every cocktail can be made for cheap, but some expensive cocktails are the worth the cost. The last word is just such a cocktail. Made green and delicious by the inclusion of a liqueur known as chartreuse, the last word is a cocktail that can’t help but make you relax. This cocktail may have a modern feel to its formulation and flavor profile, but I assure you this is truly an old fashioned drinking featuring a very old liqueur. The complexity of the cocktail lies in the liqueur, which is a secret herbal recipe kept by an order of monks for centuries. It almost sounds like it is a legend, but it is in fact entirely based in fact. And the otherworldly brilliance of chartreuse is perhaps best demonstrated in this exquisite cocktail.
The names for some cocktails can be a bit of a mouthful and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club certainly falls into this category. Despite its lengthy name, this tiki cocktail is surprisingly simple to make. It also offers a wonderfully tropical flavor while featuring notes of nutmeg and anise which pair well with the colder winter months. Whether it is above or below freezing, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club is a great choice to warm your spirits. Royal Bermuda Yacht Club 1 1/2 ounces Dark Rum 1/4 ounce Orange Liqueur 3/4 ounce lime juice 1/2 ounce falernum garnish with a lime wheel Does this recipe look familiar? It is essentially a tiki version of the classic daiquiri, created by the tiki master Trader Vic himself. Pour all of the ingredients into a shaker with several ice cubes and shake till chilled. Or about 20 seconds until frost starts to accumulate on the outside of the shaker. Strain into Learn More
Some people just can’t get enough coffee in their lives. No matter how much espresso, drip, or french pressed they have access to, they keep wanting more. Some may call them addicts, but they would usually be wrong. I prefer the term enthusiasts. And I love a good cup of coffee at any time of day. But when it comes to happy hour, why not have a bit more fun? Why not drink a cocktail that has all the rich depth of flavor, tastes like coffee, and is made from coffee? The midnight martini is one such cocktail and if this jet black concoction doesn’t remind you of you favorite cup of joe, nothing will.
Colonel Beach’s plantation punch is a classic tiki cocktail that works quite well whether made by the glass or for the party. While the name is enough to make anyone feel a little uncomfortable given plantation’s abuse of slavery in far too recent history, this tiki cocktail is truly worth your attention. This plantation punch includes a surprisingly complex flavor profile thanks to the falernum, bitters and pernod. It also packs one hell of a wallop in terms of alcohol content. There are nearly three servings of alcohol in every glass, mostly taking the form of several delicious rums. This is sure to be the new favorite punch at any party you host, just be sure to warn your guests of its strength or they won’t get to remember it.
When I stumbled upon a tasting for the new Chili Chocolate Kahlua, I wasn’t expecting to like it. While Kahlua has its place in cocktails like the white russian – any cocktail that is a favorite of The Dude can’t be all bad – but otherwise I find it to be a bit sweet for my tastes. Well this chili chocolate is a whole different character. The heat in this liqueur is serious fire. No hint of chili, this is a full on blast right in your face. Impossible to ignore; hard not to fall in love with. This chili is complimented by subtle notes of chocolate and coffee which round of this liqueur into a fast favorite. Although it may not be the most versatile liqueur, Chili Chocolate Kahlua will not disappoint when added to cold weather favorites like homemade hot cocoa. Spicy Kahlua Hot Cocoa 1½ ounces of Learn More