Calimocho: Best Bad Idea ever

Happy New Year!  If you’re reading this then you likely made it through another New Years celebration with nothing worse than a serious hangover.  Congrats.  Now the party is over, the drinks have been drunk and someone left you with two or three open bottles of wine that you can’t possibly drink before it sours…

Derailer Cocktail

Credit for this drink goes directly to Podnah’s Pit where it was created and where I and the Hop Boxer found it. First of the basic recipe. 1.5 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey 1 oz Creme de Cassis 0.5 oz Lime Juice 4 oz Ginger Beer As presented you want to put your lime, jameson and cassis…

Boot Strap Buck

  The dark interior of Kask does not lend itself to photography as can be seen in the poor quality of the photo I took that night.  I blame the light and not the 8 or 9 drinks I put away.  The first drink I had that night was a rum concoction called the Boot…

Ginger Rum Daisy

The thing that caught my eye at the Rogue Distillery and Public House was a drink called a daisy.  A daisy is a class of drink with no specific spirit base.  You can make one with brandy, whiskey, rum or anything really.  The basic ideal is soda water added to spirit, citrus and sweetener.  …

Drink Review: Love for Sale

The bar at Gustav’s is not a place for terribly creative drinks but their standing menu has some very tasty items on it.  One of those that struck a chord with our party was the Love for Sale. Firmly on the citrus end of the drink spectrum this one throws around a lot of fruit…

Chipotle Margaritas

I was stunned the other day when upon entering a chain restaurant for a burrito I was presented with the option for a cocktail with my meal.  Chipotle now carries two different options for margaritas, a Patron Margarita for $6.95 and a Sauza Margarita for $4.50.   HopBoxer and I each picked one and gave…

Drink Review: Cherry Lime Flip

If you’ve read any of the history on my blog you can pretty easily find my own version of the Cherry-Lime. It doesn’t take much to make something like this, there are a dozen different ways you can put cherry, soda and lime together.  Breaking down the differences would be a work of years. This…

The Glazed Jelly Donut: Drink Review

I ordered this drink at the Jolly Roger in John’s Landing.  On the menu it was called a Glazed Jelly Donut and while the name is apt it’s not really a description of the taste. The drink was constructed in the glass with ice and looks to comprise: 1.5 oz 360 Glazed Donut Vodka 1…

Rant: Lame-a-rita

American beers got a bad rap for a long time.  They still generally get spit on in the beer drinking world outside of a few of the up and coming smaller brands.  Being a big named beer brand does let you experiment in the market a bit since your standby product is holding down the…

Vesper Martini

As I’ve probably said about a dozen times now the “real” James Bond martini is not just a vodka martini (shaken not stirred).  The original and recognized drink of 007 is the Vesper, a drink he essentially created on the spot during the course of casino royale and named for the traitorous double agent Vesper…

Mai Tai

One of the hallmarks of Tiki culture in the 50’s and 60’s was the cocktail done polynesian style and of those none was so famous as the Mai Tai.  The name is a corruption of the tahitian word Maita’i which means really good and from the couple of these I’ve made so far the name is…

Turning Prayers into Sins

The Third of my drink reviews from my trip to Oven and Shaker is the Botticelli. 1oz Vodka 1oz Aperol Italian Bitters 1/4oz Fresh Lime Juice 1oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice 2oz Cava Now if you’re like me at least two of the ingredients on that list are a bit unknown.  Aperol is similar to Campari at…