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On the way to ten…

B & I are actually mid cocktail right now (a Blackthorn to be specific).  We’ve begun discussing our ten greatest cocktails of all times.  There are a lot of tipplings, that when confronted with, you wouldn’t object to drinking.  What we are  talking about are those drinks so epic and… Read More »On the way to ten…

French 75

The French 75 has bcome something of a New Year’s Day tradition for B & me.  Sadly, it is something of a leftover drink for us.  As it requires sparkling wine, I just don’t seem to ever open up a bottle just to make this cocktail,  which is a shame… Read More »French 75

On naming a cocktail

B likes grapefruit juice, so I am always on the lookout for a good grapefruit juice based cocktail (see our last post on The Blinker).  So when I got a Twitter feed to a Facebook link for a cocktail called the Sapphire Savoy, I decided I would give it a… Read More »On naming a cocktail

The Blinker

This is one B and I have been making since we found it in our copy of the original edition of Ted Haigh’s Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails.  On a Christmas aside, we just got a copy of the new edition from B’s parents.  It has several new interesting cocktails… Read More »The Blinker

The Sazerac

This cocktail has a lot of things I like.  It’s old. It has Rye, absinthe and screwball ingredients (Peychaud’s bitters).  Oh, and it’s a good cocktail.  According to David Wondrich in Esquire Drinks, the cocktail takes it’s name from the from the Sazerac de forge et Fils congnac with which… Read More »The Sazerac

Drinking advice for the undead

First let me say it again.  I love absinthe.  The real stuff. This cocktail comes from a whole family that dates back to the late 19th century.  Credit for this particular version, according to Ted “Dr. Cocktail” Haigh’s Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, is given to the #2 Savoy barman,… Read More »Drinking advice for the undead

The Aviation Cocktail

I’ve been thinking about his one for a while. It started out as something to do with a recently acquired bottle of creme de violette, which in turn was the result of my endless quest for arcane booze. In many ways this cocktail is the embodiment of this quest, having… Read More »The Aviation Cocktail

The Pink Lady

This is another one we found in Ted Haigh’s Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails. In it, he points out that you can go into any bar and, if you dare, order one, and you will never get the right thing (he argues that this is the original version of the… Read More »The Pink Lady

The Blackthorn Cocktail

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I was in the mood for something I hadn’t heard of before.  Not new, just new to me.  B was also thinking some thing with Dubonnet Rouge.  According to the good Doctor’s Vintage Cocktails and Forgotten Spirits (now in a new edition that lays flat on the counter), versions of… Read More »The Blackthorn Cocktail

The Stinger

If last week’s post was an afternoon’s light hearted frivolity, then this would be pretty much be the opposite. The is one of B’s standards for polishing off an evening or the otherwise somnolent task of digesting a heavy meal. As with a good number of cocktails (drinkers make lousy… Read More »The Stinger