St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur

One of the flavors that I most associate with springtime is the scent of elderflower.  Growing up in the high desert of New Mexico there was a time after a strong sudden rain when the morning glory that laced our little hilltop would open and wash the normally dry air with their scents.  It is…

Cafe con Leche Flip

The original version of this drink comes via a news story in the New York Times about the health department cracking down on raw eggs used in cocktails.  This specific recipe was inspired by the one served at Pegu Club in New York. Good dark rums are heavy on the ground so picking one is pretty…

Cup of Awesome Cocktail

A while back you may recall that I posted my MYO: Porter syrup.  Aside from the original drink posted in the Happy Hour article there wasn’t a lot I could think to do with it, until recently.  A post on Cocktail Wonk about Knee High Stocking Company in Seattle turned me on to this particular cocktail and I cannot…

The Gibson

I sometimes wonder why every single variation in a cocktail requires an alternate naming scheme.  In this case you have a fairly simple drink, gin and vermouth.  One would think that these would be the determining factors, but no.  In this case it is the garnish which determines the name.  If you place a cocktail…

Egg Nogg Creme Anglaise

I made this recipe as part of my experimentation with the Eastside Distilling Holiday Liqueurs.  This one in particular comes from the Egg Nog Liqueur which is usually available through February depending on where you shop. 1 box white cake mix 3 eggs 1 cup Eastside Distilling’s Egg Nog liqueur 1/3 cup sugar Prepare the cake…

Peppermint Bark Pudding Shots

All Bark no bite! 1 cup milk 1 cup Eastside Distilling peppermint bark liqueur 1 4 serving package chocolate pudding mix (instant) 1 8oz container of cool whip 1 candy cane (Peppermint if you dare) In a large bowl whisk pudding mix, milk and liqueur until blended. Fold in cool whip. Pour into shot glasses…

Holiday Spice Coconut Whipped Cream

When my girlfriend went vegan several months ago it became a challenge to make some of our everyday things.   Other more unusual things have often taken their places.  For instance I have found several recipes for strawberry shortcake that are entirely vegan right down to the whipped cream.  This is the version I have…

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…

Update: Rhulman’s Paloma

The previous article about this drink can be found here. After a bit of hunting I finally found a couple of local places where I could find Izze Sparkling Juice on a regular basis. I can see why they are useful in this context.  They are unsweetened and are about 70% juice and 30% soda water….

Grenadine in Practice: Tequila Sunset

One of the most common uses of grenadine is to add some showy coloration to a beverage.  The strong red color of the syrup and its thicker texture allows it to perform well in most juices, many liquors and in their combination. The Tequila Sunset is a pretty simple drink 2 oz Silver Tequila 4…

Mint Chocolate Syrup in Use: Oregon Grasshopper Shot

The mint chocolate syrup that I produced a couple of days ago has had a chance to cool.  The time has also allowed the flavors a chance to marry, blend and mellow a bit. Mint and chocolate have a long tradition together and none of the cocktails I can think of so perfectly exemplifies their happy…

Chocolate Mint Syrup

Having exhausted some of the more basic forms of simple syrup I have elected to branch out a bit and try some things that might be a bit different. I have on my deck a spearmint plant, Tarragon plant, and a very bushy chocolate mint plant.  Mint grows very quickly and can take over a yard…