Everyone looks good in blue

I have been drinking this cocktail almost exclusively for the last month, and it’s a great example of how the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts. Just that little balance between the amaro and the maraschino makes all the difference. The result is a slightly richer, almost chocolatey Manhattan, and I am in love. Via Bartender’s Choice app.

Blue Collar Cocktail, Michael Madrusan, Milk & Honey

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 Fill ‘er up

This was a surprisingly wonderful drink!  The ingredients are so simple that I wasn’t expecting the flavors to come together and be so much greater than the sum of their parts.  There’s a rich sweetness, a bit of sour, just a hint of freshness from the mint, and the mellow spiciness of the rye just pulling it all together.  I definitely recommend giving this cocktail a try, especially as we move into summer: the mint helps make this a great sipper for the warmer weather.

Double Fill-Up, Phil Ward, Death & Company


With so many great summer drinks including mint in the recipe, I decided to try to cultivate my own this year.

 

Fool on the hill

Today is my last day at home before several days of travel for work, but of course i had to make time for an evening taste test.  Cobble Hill is another selection from Regarding Cocktails: a lighter riff on my favored Manhattan.  Normally I don’t enjoy dry vermouth, but this time it’s nicely offset by the cucumber and an equal amount of a lightly citrus amaro.  The first sip takes a bit of reorienting since you don’t usually see rye with cucumber, but after a few sips you taste how the combination really works well together.  It’s a great contrast to the heavier, sweeter Manhattan that usually sees me through the winter.

Cobble Hill, Sasha Petrakse, Milk & Honey

Back to the beginning

Happy New Year’s, everyone!  I’m starting to work my way through Regarding Cocktails, the book started by the late, great Sasha Petraske and completed by his wife, Georgette. Sasha started Milk & Honey in New York, which was arguably the birthplace of the modern craft cocktail movement, and it’s his sensibility that really defined the care and attention that we apply to drink-making today.  There’s something simple yet wonderful to take what can be an extremely complex and involved process down to bare-bones and execute it perfectly. The American Trilogy cocktail is a riff on the Old Fashioned, but with a couple subtle changes that give it an extra bit of flair and interest. 

American Trilogy, Richard Boccato, Milk & Honey

Better than a bird

In honor of Thanksgiving, I picked a random drink from my new copy of The Canon Cocktail Book. What a great way to start a long holiday weekend.  This is a lovely light blend of flavors that doesn’t overwhelm. I did sub in Carpano Antica since Punt e Mes is not my favorite vermouth. 

Wishing all those celebrating a wonderful Thanksgiving, and most especially freedom from any family-related unpleasantness. For those not celebrating, cheers to you!

Cobbler’s Dream, The Canon Cocktail Book