Wednesday, January 2, 2013

"Brutal" Martini's at Naughty Nuri's

Liquid Lunch at Naughty Nuri's in Ubud Bali. Great place especially when you get the right table.

"One martini is just right. Two martinis are too many. Three martinis are never enough."
M. F. K. Fisher 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Something Bitter This Way Comes

Cheers Armen! Happy Birthday! I'm making one of these for you when you come over for your birthday cocktail.

1 1/2 oz Rye
1 oz Amaro, CioCiaro
1/2 oz Sweet vermouth, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino
1/4 oz Fernet Branca
2 ds Bitters, Bittermens Xocolatl Mole
  pn Salt (kosher)

Stir, strain, cocktail glass. Orange peel garnish.

Friday, April 13, 2012


This was great. Best Corn n Oil variation I've had. I'm planning on
trying and writing about a few variations soon. The Corn n Oil can be
a bit "thick". The Wray and Nephew cuts it quite a bit.

1 1/4 oz Gosling Black Seal (I used Cruzan Black Strap)
1/4 oz Wray Nephew White Overproof 63°
1/2 oz Forgotten Flavours Falernum (I used Velvet Falernum)
1 dash sugar syrup (quite a bit more, 1/2 oz?)
3/4 oz lime juice
Shake with ice and strain into an ice-filled old fashioned glass.
Garnish with two lime wedges.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Walla Walla Bing Bang (aka the Witch Doctor)

Happy Valentines Day and Happy Birthday to my sister!

2 ounces Amontillado Sherry

½ ounce Grand Marnier

½ ounce Spanish brandy (such as Cardinal Mendoza)

½ ounce simple syrup

½ ounce orange juice

3 dashes orange bitters

Stir all ingredients with ice for 2 minutes and strain. Garnish with an orange twist.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Prickly Pear Cooler

This is the first "Audition" for baby shower drinks that I can put in a punchbowl/pitcher.  The original recipe we saw used blood orange bitters. They stole the recipe from someone that used St Germain, so we tried both. Aperol was the closest thing I had to blood orange bitters and it was definitely the favorite of the official tasting commitee.

8 oz Vinho Verde (a slightly fizzy white wine)
3/4 oz Prickly Pear Syrup
1/2 oz Aperol or St Germain

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Plum Whiskey Smash

To celebrate Mad Men on Netflix Instant!
1/2 plum
2 oz bourbon
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz lime juice
Muddle, shake with ice, strain over crushed ice and add three dashes bitters.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Good Doctor

I don't drink highballs very often but I saw this recipe and gave it a shot. It's a little sweet. Next time I'll up the rye and use less amaro. It has good flavor. I used Rababaro Zucca for the amaro and it's rhubarb flavors work well with the Dr. Pepper.

1.5 oz Amaro
1.5 oz Rye whiskey
6 oz Dr Pepper
Orange slice, for garnish

Fill a glass with ice. Combine Amaro and rye, and top with Dr Pepper; squeeze orange slice into mixture, and drop the slice into the glass as garnish.