Saturday, February 12, 2011

Vihno Sem Rival - a white wine cocktail

Since it's been such an unconscionably long time since I've posted, I'm just going to keep typing as if it were yesterday that I last did..... as the frango na pùcara simmers away on the stove I was able to mix something probably more appropriate for a spring/summer cocktail than mid-February, but why not plan ahead? Also, Vihno Verde is a central player in both drink and dinner so I'm covered either way. 

Here's the drink:

1 part Rémy Martin Champagne Cognac
2+ parts Vihno Verde Branco
1/2 part St Germain Elderflower 
2 dashes Fee Bros Old Fashioned Cask-Aged Bitters

Combine all in a shaker with generous amount of ice. Shake. Drain into chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with orange peel (feel free to experiment here, but I would caution against lemon or lime as the Vihno Verde is plenty tart).

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Masters

In honor of our dear friends buon viaggio... I offer The Masters (this is one of the best tasting cocktails I've made in a LONG time):

2oz Junipero Gin
3/4oz Dolin Vermouth Blanc
generous splash of Amaro Montenegro
generous splash of Sake

In large shaker w/ ice mix the gin, vermouth and amaro.... shake well and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Top off with Junmai Sake..... No garnish necessary - it's too good this way.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Cavitonic

Here's a variation on the classic Gin & Tonic:

2 1/2 oz. Hendrick's Gin
splash of St. Germain elderflower liqueur
add ingredients to old fashioned glass with ice... top off with cucumber Dry Soda and garnish with lime wedge.


What became known as the Steve Cavit (Thnk you, Mr. Master's!), many will recognize as the original Sazerac: Add 2+ oz Rye Whiskey, 3/4 oz Pineau Rouge and generous dashes of Peychauds bitters to Absinthe coated old fashioned glass. (Ice optional, not recommended). 

The Rose Kennedy

The Rose Kennedy: 2ozs Grey Goose, 1/2 oz Cranberry Juice, 1/2 oz lime juice and dollop of pomegranate molasses. Fill high ball glass with ingredients, ice and top off with soda water. Garnish with lime twist.

Thursday, August 26, 2010


Hi All!
I submit for your entertainment a blog dedicated to the spirits. Spirits? The ones haunting my attic? Those I thank when I miraculously choose the right line at the grocery? Nope.... Spirits in a bottle, my friends.
We will talk about cocktails: How to make 'em; What to buy at the Liquor Store; What I look for when I'm traveling and on the hunt for spirits and spirit accessories, and etc., etc..
For the most part I will post recipes, both classic and original, with an eye for specific brands of liquor, different and interesting combinations and even good food pairings!
So, without further ado, I present: The Cocktail Blog!