Lilywhacker (500th post)

I’m so pleased and proud of this milestone. The Ruby Spoon started as an idea while we were living in California. I wanted a platform to share my love of food with anyone curious to follow along and cook, bake, and drink with me! It is still something I love to do and even though […]

Corpse Reviver No 1

Though not as popular as the Corpse Reviver No 2 (see below), this smooth, brandy forward cocktail to wake the dead is worthy of attention. It was first listed in Harry Craddock’s Savoy Cocktail Handbook in the 1930’s. This cocktail according to Harry, is “to be taken before 11 a.m., or whenever steam and energy […]

Jack Rose

It’s almost Thanksgiving! I love the day before Thanksgiving. David and I are usually packing bags and getting ready to drive to Ohio and spend time with family. The anticipation of seeing everyone, eating and drinking together, playing games while it’s cold outside and Christmas being just around the corner-it all fills me with a warm, […]


There are many versions of this drink floating around in cocktail land. It was invented in the 30’s by Don the Beachcomber, who closely guarded the recipe. Rumor is he created the drink for a hung-over customer who was dreading a business meeting. After serving him the fruity but sneakily potent cocktail, the customer came […]

Brandy Crusta

This lovely sipping drink is the precursor to the Sidecar (cognac, Cointreau, lemon juice, and sugared rim.)  I served it in a champagne glass, so I doubled the amounts below in order to fill the glass. Ordinarily I would serve it in a small cocktail glass, but I have none as yet. A three ounce […]