Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Bourbon basil Rathbone

Made this up.

3 sliced of cucumber 
3+ leaves of fresh basil (spanked)
1 sugar cube
  muddle the above in a mixing glass.

1 1/2 to 2 oz of your choice of bourbon
   1/2 oz simple syrup
   dry shake for 20 secs.

add ice, shake, double strain into a chilled cocktail glass
garnish with a spanked basil leaf.

note: for this one I added half an egg white which I think softened it a a bit too much.


  • 3/4 ounce Cointreau
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces cognac

  • 'not sure about this.  I used PAARL brandy from South Africa and it seemed very good.
    other times I've used Napoleon and it was not as good.  when I figure out the perfect recipe i'll post it.

    Pisco sour

    1 1/2 oz Pisco
       3/4 oz lemon juice
       3/4 oz simple syrup

    shake with ice, pour into a cocktail glass, add dash of Angostura bitters.

    The Swami

       2 oz pisco
    1/2 oz lime juice
    1/2 green chartreuse
          Splash of simple syrup
       1 dash of Fee Brother grapefruit bitters

    Shake all the ingredients over ice
    Strain into a cocktail glass

    Wednesday, October 12, 2011

    Aperol spritz

    1 oz Aperol
    3-4 oz Prosecco
    1/2 oz gin (as a tightener)

    Made this for friends over the thanksgiving weekend.  They seemed to like it.  I'm doing my best to bring new people in to the world beyond wine and beer.

    Cocktail à la Louisiane


    Had this at Clive's and liked it.  I swear George used Bourbon and not rye.
    This didn't taste as good.
    3/4 ounce rye whiskey
    3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
    3/4 ounce Benedictine
    3 to 4 dashes Peychaud's bitters
    3 to 4 dashes absinthe or a substitute (Herbsaint, Pernod, Ricard, or other pastis)
    I used Wodford Reserve but it seemed to overpower the drink.  I also used an eyedropper for the absinthe but alas I think I got more than 3 drops.  Still a nice drink.  I think they also used Antica Formula which I have but didn't want to open as I don't have room in my fridge (don't want it to go bad) 


    OLD FASHIONED  from Dale Degroff's book The Craft of the Cocktail

    2 oz. Bourbon
    3 Dashes Angostura Bitters
    1 Tsp. Bar Sugar
    2 Orange Slices
    2 Maraschino cherries
    Water or Soda

    Mull carefully in the bottom of an old fashioned glass the sugar, Angostura, one orange, one cherry, and a splash of soda. Remove the orange rind and add Bourbon, ice, and soda or water. Garnish with a fresh orange slice and a cherry.

    Note: I don't have any cherries as I haven't found ones I like

    Monday, October 3, 2011

    Bourbon Basil Rathbone (attempt)

    I tried to make a bourbon basil drink tonight after the after the Bourbon Basil Rathbone I had at the Orbit Room in SF

    muddled cucumber & basil wi a cube of sugar
    3/4 lemon juice
    3/4 simple syrop
    2oz bullet bourbon
    dry shake
    then shake with ice & double strain.

    I was hoping for more basil and more cucumber.  The recipe at the Orbit room said cucumber puree.

    The Hanky Panky

    Made it before, will make it again.

    1 1/2 oz Gin 
    3/4 oz sweet vermouth
    1 dash of Fernet Branca

    stir with ice

    strain into a glass

    I didn't garnish with anything.