Dec 162011

It’s Friday, I’m in Manhattan, and it’s time for cocktails. Of the New York’s five boroughs, only Staten Island doesn’t have a cocktail named after it. Of the other four we’ve all heard of the Manhattan, but what about The Brooklyn?

David Embury, author of The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, is less than impressed with The Brooklyn. He writes, “…even in Brooklyn there are at least five to ten times as many Manhattans consumed as there are Brooklyns. Try them both and you’ll understand why.”

Still, let’s give it a shot. Here’s the recipe.

60ml Straight rye whiskey

20ml Noilly Prat dry vermouth

2 Dashes Amer Picon

2 Dashes Luxardo maraschino liqueur

Add all ingredients into a mixing glass. Stir with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a cocktail cherry.


Sep 232011

When I launched I promised conversation, commiseration, and perhaps a cocktail or two. Well, the weekend is here. Can cocktails be far behind?

Many of my girlfriends love Cosmopolitans, but none of them love them more than Bettina. She swears by this recipe; it’s from Gourmet Magazine. It makes one drink.

1/4 cup of vodka (Absolut is my favorite. Bettina loves Grey Goose.)

1/2 tbs. of Triple Sec

1/2 tbs. of Rose’s lime juice

1/2 tbs. cranberry juice cocktail

Fill a cocktail shaker hallway with ice. Combine all ingredients and shake well. Strain into a martini glass (next to the booze, nothing is more important to a great cocktail than the glass). Garnish with a lime twist and dried cranberries.  Cheers!