Not Chrysanthemum

1.5oz Beefeater’s Gin 1 oz Benedictine 1 oz Carpano 1 scant barspoon Absinthe A tiny bit sweet but intense herbal profile.  Delicious. Maybe 2 oz Gin


Suddenly got an urge (essentially out of nowhere) to make a cocktail with Branca Menta and Ginger something.   It could use some minor tweaking but is really quite good: 2 oz Rye 1 oz Ginger liqueur (New Deal Distillery, Portland OR) .5 oz Campari .5 oz Branca Menta Stirred/Up Maybe more Campari and a more »

Horsey Sauce

1.5oz Bourbon 1oz Lemon Juice 1oz Domaine de Canton .75oz Benedictine Big dash Angostura bitters Shake/strain Up Horse’s Neck Style lemon peel Make it pretty in a Coup


2oz  Ballard Liquor Company’s Citron Aquavit 1oz  Green Chartreuse .5oz Cocchi Americano Big dash of Cubeb bitters Stirred Lemon twist

43 special

Been a while: 1.5 oz Applegate .5 oz Angostura 1919 1 oz Licor 43 .5 oz Clear Creek Pear liquor 1 oz Lime Juice 2 dashes Bitterman’s Mole bitters


A real Mai Tai has Orgeat and other stuff.  This is a variation on a fake Mai Tai that Dana really liked: 1.5 oz. Applegate 12 year .5oz. Wray and Nephew .75oz Benedictine 1ishoz Pineapple Juice   Shake…  Garnish somehow.  If you want.  Or you could just drink the damn thing.

Norwegian Manhatten

I recently returned from a vacation to Paris, Denmark, Antwerp and Iceland (I know I mixed Cities and Countries just then).  While in Copenhagen, we visited Juul’s Vinhandel (a post about Juul’s and the rest of the vacation soon).  When asked about Aquavit(s) they aimed me at several including a lovely Norwegian number from Gilde called Maquavit (marked as “Nord-Norges Aquavit” whatever more »