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.
Martinis are the epitome of the classic cocktail. Popularized by James Bond and the business culture of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, there is no surprise that the classic martini has spawned literally thousands of variations. However when it comes to variation, some are more traditional than others. One such classic martini variation is the perfect martini. Perfect is a cocktail term which doesn’t refer to how amazing the drink is – though perfect cocktails usually are amazingly balanced – but rather indicates equal parts of both sweet and dry vermouth.
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.
When it comes to versatile cocktails, it is hard to beat a fizz. Fizzes come from an old family of sour cocktails and classically feature an acidic fruit and club soda. Usually the acidic fruit comes in the form of a citrus such as a lemon or lime, however when it comes to acidic fruits, the strawberry is more potent than you might suspect. Masked by the sweet profile is a brilliant acidity that is quite excellent for making cocktails. In this gem, the acidic edges of strawberry are rounded off by the subtle floral notes of rose water. Strawberry Rose Fizz 2 ounces Vodka or Gin ½ ounce strawberry simple syrup ½ teaspoon rose water 2 ounces club soda to taste garnish with a hulled strawberry or strawberry rose Place several ice cubes in an old fashioned or collins glass. Pour in your spirit of choice – vodka is more subtle Learn More
The martini is undoubtedly the most famous cocktail in the world. Whether it is being consumed in copious numbers during business lunches in the ’60s and ’70s or the drink of choice for your favorite super-spy, the martini has long been glamorized and its popularity continues today. While there are hundreds of variations on the martini, the classic martini has remained timeless. A solid base on which any number of flavor profiles can be explored. Before we get into some of the more unique variations, it is about time that we covered this cocktail classic. The Classic Martini 2½ ounces Gin or Vodka ½ ounce Dry Vermouth 2 dashes orange or angostura bitters (optional) garnish with 1-3 olives or a lemon twist Fill your mixing glass (or shaker) with ice. Add the gin (for the more traditional and flavorful martini) or the vodka (if you don’t like gin). Pour in Learn More
The fizz has long been a summer favorite, a popular member of the “sour” family of cocktails. Traditionally these cocktails are comprised of a spirit, acidic juice (such as lime or lemon), sugar, and club soda. The popular Tom Collins cocktail which we have discussed before is also from the sour family. Today we are going to put a sweeter spin on this sour classic, making it more enjoyable for those that love balanced fruity cocktails. Mango Peach Fizz 1 1⁄2 ounces Vodka 1⁄2 ounce Peach Liqueur (such as Peach Schnapps) 1⁄8 of a fresh mango (~1⁄4 cup frozen mango) 1⁄8 of a fresh peach 1⁄2 ounce orange juice 4 ounces club soda garnish with a thin peach wedge In a blender, pour in the orange juice and add the mango and peach. I didn’t have any fresh mangoes handy, so I relied on cubed frozen mangoes I got from Trader Joe’s. I find Learn More
Happy National Ice Cream Day! National Ice Cream Day has been the third Sunday in July (National Ice Cream Month) since it was proposed in Joint Resolution 298, which was sponsored by Senator Walter Dee Huddleston of Kentucky on May 17, 1984. It was signed into existence by President Reagan, in perhaps the least controversial decision he ever made. Conservative or liberal, everyone loves ice cream! To celebrate this day and honor the state of Kentucky which Senator Huddleston represented, here is a simple recipe to turn your favorite ice cream into a shooter, with a little help from our good friend bourbon. Bourbon & Ice Cream Shooters 1 ounce Bourbon 2 ounces of your ice cream of choice garnish with chocolate chips or sprinkles Tools: a whisk & a generous portion of elbow grease Place both the bourbon and ice cream in a bowl. Now it is time to whisk them together. Learn More
It has been a long week and now that the weekend is here with all the heat of summer, you deserve a cool refreshing treat. While many cocktails may fit the bill for cool and refreshing, few reach the decadence of of a frozen mudslide. It is basically an alcohol based milkshake! And the best part is they aren’t hard to make at home, here’s how you do it. The Frozen Mudslide 1 oz Vodka 1 oz Kahlua 1 oz Irish Cream 1 oz milk or cream or even ice cream (optional) 1 cup Ice garnish with chocolate syrup or even whipped cream Like most frozen cocktails, the frozen mudslide requires the use of a blender. Pour all ingredients into the blender and blend on high for about 30 seconds. Some recipes for the frozen mudslide call for milk/cream, others don’t. I personally like stronger drinks, so I usually leave it out, but if you want Learn More
Today is Easter Sunday, a day that has become synonymous with a vast abundance of themed candies. Candies like Peeps and jelly beans may not seem to have a lot in common at first glance, other than their inherent sweetness, but they all share one important feature: they are great for infusing your favorite spirits with unique and delicious flavors! For this edition of Sunday Funday, we are going to keep things simple, and focus on infused vodkas and white rums, because the clean fairly neutral quality of these base spirits allows you to build complex and interesting flavors that bring out each of these candies. Peeps Vodka It’s just a simple as any other infusion covered on this site. Place the Peeps in a mason jar, cover with vodka, and let rest in a dark space for several days (until the flavor saturates the vodka). Shake the jar daily to Learn More