- 2 oz. Laird's straight apple brandy 100 proof (You can use Laird's Applejack too, or Calvados)
- .5 oz orgeat
- .5 oz freshly squeezed lemon
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice. Shake until cold and properly diluted. Strain into a cocktail coupe or martini glass.
This is more of a fall-esque cocktail but it was cooler early in the week and I wanted something with both Laird's and orgeat. This fit the bill. It's simple and tasty.
- 2 oz. Rittenhouse rye (or whatever your house rye is)
- .25 oz gum syrup (or cane syrup, demerara syrup, or simple syrup)
- 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
- 6 drops Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters
- 20 drops Bittermens Hellfire Habanero Shrub
Combine everything in a mixing glass. Add ice. Stir until cold and properly diluted. Strain over a giant ice cube and garnish with an orange peel.
An old fashioned is my drink of choice. This is slightly spicy with just a hint of chocolate from the mole bitters. Bittermens makes some of the best bitters, so they are worth hunting down. I tend to prefer bourbon in my old fashioned and rye in my Manhattan, but this was a hell of a sipper.
- 1 1/2 ounces blanco tequila (Tequila Cabeza is awesome)
- 1/2 ounce gin (I used Letherbee Vernal gin, which has some nice Tiki flavor but can be hard to find outside of Chicago)
- 1/2 ounce cherry Heering
- 1/2 ounce ginger liqueur (Domaine de Canton is the best)
- 3/4 ounce fresh lim juice
- 1 ounce chilled club soda
- 1 lemon wheel and 1 brandied cherry skewered on a pick, for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the club soda and the garnish and shake well. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Stir in the club soda and garnish with the skewered lemon wheel and cherry.
I call this an updated Jalisco Sling because I swapped in lime instead of lemon and went with Letherbee Vernal gin because it kicks serious ass in tiki cocktails. This is kind of like a Singapore Sling but slightly less sweet and lacking the floral quality that a Singapore Sling typically has since there is no Benedictine in here. Tequila Cabeza is a great blanco tequila that recently came on the market. It clocks in at 86 proof, has a hint of smoke and is worth the extra money spent.
- 2.5 oz rum (I used Cruzan single barrel)
- .5 oz Cointreau
- .5 oz Luxardo Maraschino cherry liqueur
- .5 oz fresh lime
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all ingredients and shake well. Strain into an chilled cocktail coupe.
The Casablanca cocktail is pretty much a daiquiri but with Cointreau and Luxardo Maraschino cherry liqueur. But then again, not really. One of these kinda kicked my ass.