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 […]

The Tree House

It’s that time of year! You might be pulling out your sweaters, sipping pumpkin spice lattes and digging the rakes out of the shed or you might still be sporting sandals and cranking your air conditioning depending on where you live. I personally love this particular transition in seasons, and October is my favorite month […]

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 […]