Recipes

As you’ll no doubt discover, I’m not really the recipes guy. There are so many resources out there on the web for cocktail recipes that I’ve never really bothered sharing a ton of mine. What I tend to prefer to focus on is cocktail technique, and general bartending knowledge.

But here are some of my favorite and most popular recipes. These have all been heavily tested in a professional environment and at home, and are guaranteed to be delicious. We use these recipes every day behind both the bars I manage!

Italian Plum Sour

I recently posted on my Instagram about my excitement around finally learning how to use the fruit of my lone Italian Prune Plum (or Empress Plum) tree that grows right outside the back door to my kitchen. I spent all day Sunday learning how to make plum jam (among other things) and then was taught | Read More

Negroni Sorbetto

I have this awful habit, as a blogger, of never getting things posted in time and they just drag on year after year. The fact that I’ve never posted my Tom and Jerry recipe is one of those casualties. I get busy during the holidays, and every year I don’t remember to post it until | Read More

Sweet Corn Milk Iced Coffee

OK listen. Yeah I know it sounds s u p e r weird, but bear with me on this one, and trust me: I haven’t led you too far off the path thus far, and I don’t plan on starting now. Here’s the story. It’s hard for me to complain about where my job has | Read More

PX Sherry Mudslide

One of my favorite drinks I’ve ever come up with has never been tasted by anyone but me. Okay, that’s not entirely true but there are like five people in the world who’ve ever tried it. And I’ve been going through my site lately (as a currently unemployed bar manager, I have all this time | Read More

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yes, you read that right: Chocolate Chip Cookies. And no, this is not a goofy shot recipe. (As an aside, are any of you old bartenders like me who remember when every shot was some sort of attempt to replicate the flavor of a dessert item? The Girl Scout Cookie Shot, the German Chocolate Cake | Read More

Blue Hawaii

Hey Jeffrey I used to frequent Pépé Le Moko a few years back when I lived in Portland, my go-to drink was always the blue Hawaii. I always stop by for several when I’m in town. I have been trying to recreate it for my girlfriend’s upcoming tiki-themed 21st birthday party, and I have tried | Read More

French 75

This is the time of year we’re all supposed to be reading about low-proof cocktails, right? Well, move over Spritzes, because this one is possibly my favorite. I’ve talked about the French 75 in great detail over the past many years. But to be honest I’m writing about it now for a few reasons: I | Read More

How to Make Your Own Lime Cordial (Rose’s Lime Juice)

I’ve always had a pretty serious dilemma with the Gimlet. On one hand, I’ve never really been in love with fresh lime juice Gimlets. There, I’ve said it. But for me, they’ve always lacked this bracing, bitter, tart edge that a Gimlet made with Rose’s Lime has. Those qualities have always stuck in my head | Read More

Finally, A Delicious Michelada!

The Michelada is a weird drink. It’s a beer cocktail, but a strange one at that. It has no history, so we can’t point to the “first” instance of the drink and try to replicate that. It has no recipe or standard set of ingredients, it’s just… beer with some stuff of your choice mixed | Read More

Blended/Slushy/Frozen Negroni

Only a month late for Negroni Week! I’ve been asked for this recipe and method for a couple of years now in person and on Reddit, and have finally gotten around to writing it down. Thanks for bearing with me. This wasn’t supposed to be a drink that I ever shared, it’s just been my | Read More

The Brown Derby and the Challenges of Working with Whiskey

Whiskey can be a challenging ingredient in cocktails. Gin is kind of the workhorse of the cocktail world; it works in pretty much everything and fails in almost nothing. But whiskey is a fickle thing. There aren’t a ton Irish whiskey cocktails, because Irish whiskey has a pretty unique profile. Cocktails made with smoky Islay | Read More

Orange Blossom/Flower Water and the Ramos Gin Fizz

How come nobody ever talks about orange blossom water? It’s like, “Hey, welcome to the internet. Here’s a thousand articles about a bunch of bitters that you’ll never use, and no information on orange blossom water.” Okay, sure. There’s really only one classic cocktail that calls for orange blossom water, the Ramos Gin Fizz. But | Read More

Southbound Suarez

Man, there are few things out there more polarizing to people than creamy drinks. And it’s funny, you know, because I think it’s a pretty universal thing that our mouths just water at the sight of a creamy cocktail. Look at a properly made Ramos Gin Fizz. Or a White Russian. Or Egg Nog. How | Read More

How to Make Your Own Horchata

You know what I love? Horchata. There is nothing in the world like a giant Styrofoam cup filled with pebble ice and sweet horchata while you nosh on greasy tacos from a street truck. Having been born and raised in California, it is one of life’s great pleasures. And since I’m obsessed with all things | Read More