fall into italy

From Imbibe…

¾ oz. averna
¾ oz. cognac
¾ oz. jamaican rum
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
¾ oz. simple syrup
2 dashes chocolate or mole bitters

Combine the ingredients into a shaker and shake to combine. Strain into a Old Fashioned glass. Add crushed ice on top.

Bourbon Fall

Invented by a dear friend.

2 oz bourbon
1 oz lemon juice
1/3 oz maple syrup
4-5 drops cardamom bitters

Combine in a shaker with ice. Serve in an old fashioned glass.

(alternates: lime juice, or agave)

ginger rogers

1 oz bourbon
1 oz ginger liqueur
1 oz lemon juice
4 dashes orange bitters
4 dashes cardamom bitters
2 sugar cubes

muddle the sugar cubes and bitters. combine in a shaker with ice. shake until cold.

black manhattan

by Todd Smith of Bourbon & Branch via Imbibe

2 oz. rye whiskey
1 oz. averna
1 dash angostura bitters
1 dash orange bitters

gin(ger) rose

2 oz gin
1/2 oz ginger ale
1-2 rosemary sprigs
1/2 oz lemon

shake hard with ice to infuse with the rosemary

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Alaska

from the bartender’s bible.

2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce chartreuse
1 dash orange bitters

Shake over ice.

hotel georgia

1 fresh egg white
1 3/4 ounce gin
1/2 ounce orgeat
3/4 ounce juice from 1 to 2 lemons
6 drops orange blossom water
nutmeg

combine and shake without ice for 30 seconds. add ice and shake until cold. sprinkle with grated nutmeg.

fig and whistle

2 oz rye whiskey
1/2 oz fig jam (heaping teaspoon)
1/2 oz honey
1 oz lemon juice
dash of cinnamon

heat the jam and honey until they are liquid. stir in whiskey, lemon, and cinnamon. shake over ice, and strain through mesh into glass.

southern effort

In a large tumbler:
pour a generous amount of sweet tea over ice
add bourbon to taste

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bees knees

a delicious, refreshing way to enjoy the nectar of the buzzers. a friend’s favorite; may become yours too.

2 oz gin
1 oz honey (warmed so it dissolves)
1 oz lemon juice

heat the honey, and add to a shaker. add the gin and and lemon and stir to dissolve. add ice and shake.

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wrong direction

A friend suggested that since I often get slightly mixed up while driving that I should create a cocktail called the Wrong Direction.
This drink is sweet at the start with a pleasantly dry bitter aftertaste. Just like going the wrong direction.

1 oz bourbon
1 oz brandy
8 dashes chocolate bitters
5 dashes celery bitters

combine in an old fashioned glass. fill with ice and stir.

The Spice Melange

A friend asked for a drink reminiscent of Dune….

2 oz bourbon
½ oz rosemary syrup
8 drops cardamom bitters
4 drops chocolate bitters

combine in a shaker over ice, strain into an old fashioned glass filled with ice.

bold manhattan

I had this one in a surprising retro bar. The bartender used Jim Beam Devil’s Cut, but any quality bourbon suffices. It’s a very uncomplicated yet delicious drink.

2 oz bourbon
¾ oz agave syrup
3 dashes chocolate bitters (or more to taste)

combine in a cocktail shaker over ice.

the jake walk

¾ oz st. germain
¾ oz white rum
¾ oz reposado tequila
¾ oz lime juice
2 dashes peychaud’s bitters

combine in shaker over ice, strain into cocktail glass.

point of no return

I discovered this one at the Mistral Kitchen, in downtown Seattle. The honey adds a delicious complexity.

3 oz gin
¼ oz charteuse
1 ¼ oz lime
½ oz simple syrup
½ oz honey syrup

combine in shaker over ice, strain into cocktail glass.

To make the honey syrup: combine ½ honey and ½ water. Bring to boil while stirring, and cool.

bourbon word

The Last Word is one of my favorites. I wondered how bourbon would change the drink. This is the delicious result.

1 oz bourbon
1 oz luxardo maraschino
1 oz chartreuse
1 oz lemon juice

combine in shaker over ice, strain into cocktail glass.

whiskey sidecar

The Sidecar is one of the best cocktails ever conceived. This version replaces the brandy with whiskey.

2 oz whiskey
1 oz triple sec
1 oz lemon juice

combine in shaker over ice, strain into cocktail glass.

{bourbon is preferred, but scotch is a nice variant.}

ruby red slipper

2 oz gin
½ oz campari
1 oz lime juice
dash of grapefruit bitters
dash of peychaud’s bitters

combine in shaker over ice, strain into cocktail glass.

vavilov affair

1 oz calvados (apple brandy)
1 oz bourbon
1 tsp sugar
2 dashes angostura bitters
slice of tart apple, juiced

combine in shaker over ice, strain into cocktail glass. garnish with another slice of granny smith apple

bijou

2 oz gin
½ oz sweet vermouth
½ oz chartreuse
two dashes orange bitters

combine in shaker over ice, strain into cocktail glass.

gin junkie

2 oz gin
½ oz aquavit
½ oz st. germain
½ oz agave syrup
dash of orange bitters

combine in shaker over ice, strain into cocktail glass.

new york sour

A variant of the whiskey sour. And a nice way to use up that leftover wine!

2 oz rye whiskey
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup

combine in shaker over ice, strain into an old fashioned glass filled with ice.

pour 1/2 oz shiraz over back of spoon to float on top.

midnight water

2 oz bourbon
¾ oz campari
½ oz simple syrup
dash of peychaud’s bitters

combine in shaker over ice, strain into cocktail glass.