The Gateway Video

The Gateway Cocktail from Sylvia Kantor on Vimeo. A stop motion video created by my friend Sylvia Kantor for a video class. We made the “Shades of Things to Come” – which Sylvia calls the “Gateway (to whiskey) Cocktail”.  Unfortunately, that’s not particularly obvious.  Maybe we could do it again but this time, maybe we’ll more »


Mosquito Repellent

Yeah, it’s an unfortunate name but I assure you; it doesn’t affect the flavor… Opens with lemon zest and milt sweetness then widens on the palate – finishes with a mild ginger hit.  Better as it warms. Mosquito Repellent: 2oz.        Beef Eater Gin (I first made it with Hayman’s Old Tom Gin which was good more »


The Turin Test

A quite successful bittered cocktail that starts with chocolate/orange and finishes with a lingering mild astringent bitter. The Turin Test: 2oz.     Cognac 1oz.      Ramazzotti .25oz.   Gran Classico Bitter 8 drops Bitter Cube Blackstrap bitters Stir, up with an orange twist.  


Islay Park

A while ago I was looking online for cocktail recipes that include Ramazzotti.  I found a nice cocktail called the Central Park.  The Cocktailia blog says it comes from Portobello in PDX which is on my list of places to visit (I live in Seattle after all and while Portland may have a Seattle complex, secretly, more »


Dana’s Rendevous

A couple of months ago, I bought a bottle of Liquore Strega (cuz it had a cool label).  Bonus!  It’s very tasty. The description claims: Proprietary Italian mild colorless herbal liqueur. Very delicate. Hmmm.  The bottle I have is bright yellow and has a strong herbal palette with notes of wintergreen and or sassafrass.  I would not more »


Lemon and Honey

Just a quick post of a fairly successful cocktail experiment I’m calling Lemon and Honey.  It needs a little refining but I bet it’s going to be my goto cocktail next cold season! Lemon and Honey: 2oz.   Hayman’s Old Tom Gin 1oz.   Lemon Juice 1oz    Barenjager Honey Liqueur .5oz.  Cointreau 10 drops Bob’s Liquorice Bitters Shake and more »