February 28, 2018 – Glitz and glamour reign supreme at the Academy Awards and so should your Oscar party. From the spicy “Ancho in the Limelight” to the simple but sophisticated “Black Tie Martini”, cocktails have a way of adding a red carpet touch to any celebration. Remember, great cocktails start with careful measuring.
Ancho in the Limelight
1 part Ancho Reyes Verde Chile Liqueur
1 part Hendrick’s Gin
1 part lime juice
1/2 part rich simple syrup, 2:1 sugar:water
Slice of cucumber
Method: Add all ingredients to shaker, add ice and shake hard to chill and dilute. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a cocktail coupe. Garnish with a cucumber wheel.
Drambuie On The Lot
1.25 part Drambuie
1.25 part Vanilla Coffee
0.50 part Campari
0.50 part lemon juice
2 parts ginger beer
Method: In a tall glass place 6 mint leaves at the bottom and lightly muddle. Fill the glass with crushed ice and pour all ingredients in but ginger beer and bitters. Add ginger beer and top with more crushed ice. Give the cocktail 5 heavy dashes of bitters and garnish with a mint bunch.
Flor de Caña’s Fame
2 parts Flor de CañaGran Reserva 7 Rum
0.25 part simple syrup
3 dashes Peychaud bitters
Method: Season glass with absinthe; add Flor de Caña Gran Reserva 7, simple syrup, and 3 dashes of Peychaud bitters. Stir. Garnish with lemon zest.
Hudson Whiskey Cinematic Stunner
2 parts Hudson Maple Cask Rye
1⁄4 part fresh lemon juice
1⁄4 part maple syrup
2 parts apple cider
Method: To an Old Fashioned/rocks glass, add ice, then lemon juice, then maple syrup, then whiskey, then apple cider, and stir briefly to mix. Add dash of cayenne pepper on top, and serve with straw.
In The Director’s Chair
1 ½ parts Montelobos Mezcal
¾ part Cynar Liqueur
¼ part St. Germain Liqueur
2 dashes grapefruit bitters
Method: Stir in a mixing glass with ice. Strain and serve up in a Nick & Nora glass. Garnish with grapefruit zest.
April 5, 2020 – A couple of nights ago, a TV commentator scolded the liquor industry for not stepping up to help ameliorate the hand sanitizer shortage. Truth is, spirits, beer and wine companies are rushing to retool their plants to produce required 60 to 80 percent alcohol, and working with local manufacturers to get the product free of charge to first responders, hospitals, police and firefighters, warehouse workers, delivery drivers and others in need of protection. In many cases, distillers are producing and bottling finished hand sanitizer Besides answering...