The Black Night

The Black Night is strange and mysterious, but quite tasty. It reminded me of cherry coke, but a much more sophisticated and grown up version. I found it to be pleasant departure from my usual riffs on old fashioneds. from: Tarot of Cocktails (www.tarotofcocktails.com) makes: 1 cocktail 1  1/2 ounces bourbon 3/4 ounce maraschino syrup 1 […]

The Jessica Rabbit

I loved this refreshing and elegant cocktail, and I think it would make a lovely addition to a brunch spread in lieu of a mimosa or bellini. Oregano just happens to be rich in fiber, vitamin K, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants, and carrots are rich in vitamin A, and don’t forget the vitamin C from […]

Elder Fashioned

This drink was created by Phil Ward around the time St-Germain was introduced (circa 2007). This elderflower liqueur took the bartending world by storm and added a new flavor into mixologists palettes everywhere. I personally love it. The Old-Fashioned is my “desert island” drink, and I love to taste as well as make new variations of it. This gin version […]

Corn ‘n’ Oil

I have searched online and through my library of cocktail books, but the origins of this cocktail are pretty elusive. I do know it hails from Barbados and beautifully showcases velvet falernum. The black strap rum gives this cocktail it’s crude oil hue, thus it’s name.  Perhaps not a name that makes you want to run to the liquor cabinet, […]

Sangria Flora

This is one of the best sangrias I’ve tried yet. I am a sucker for pretty much any drink that includes elderflower liqueur, and the sweet, floral flavors of St-Germain pair perfectly with this fruity sangria. I made the recipe using the full 1 1/2 cups of St-Germain, but I think I will back that […]

Mint Julep

One of the oldest styles of cocktail, the julep is primarily known as the drink of choice on a hot afternoon at Churchill Downs. The Kentucky Derby is right around the corner, and this year I finally got to make one in time to post on the Ruby Spoon. The julep is traditionally served in that pretty pewter […]

Diamondback

This high octane classic first appeared in Ted Saucier’s Bottom’s Up. Apparently it was named after the Diamondback Lounge in Maryland’s Lord Baltimore Hotel. I’ve made the PDT version whose amounts possibly differ from Saucier’s.  (A bit more whiskey, a bit less chartreuse and apple brandy.) This is a serious tipple,  so if you’re not up […]

Kentucky Special

I’m sorry to tell you my friends, I just had no time this week to make a mint julep for the upcoming Kentucky Derby. I even got my first pretty julep cup and all, but time just seemed to slip through my fingers- not a bad thing when the busy week has been fun and […]