Cocktail Recipes

Posts about drinks I like

Some my own, some classics that I made.

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The Bee’s Knees: A Smoky, Spicy Spin on a Prohibition Classic

The Bee’s Knees is a classic cocktail that emerged during Prohibition. This simple gin, lemon, and honey drink was devised to mask the harsh taste of the subpar spirits available at the time. The name, a popular slang term during the 1920s, means the “best” or “most excellent” – a fitting moniker for a cocktail that’s stood the test of time. Today,…

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The Sidecar: A Classic Cocktail Revisited

The Sidecar is one of those classic cocktails that never goes out of style, much like the fashion of its purported era. A concoction of cognac, Dry Curaçao, and fresh lemon juice, this cocktail exudes sophistication, class, and an old-world charm. And just like the sidecar motorcycle it’s named after, it provides a smooth yet thrilling ride. The Sidecar: A Brief History…

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The Aviation: A Flight Through Cocktail History

Whether you’re a seasoned cocktail connoisseur or a curious enthusiast, chances are you’ve heard of the Aviation – a classic pre-Prohibition era cocktail. This enchanting libation is renowned for its striking hue and balanced flavors, providing a delightful glimpse into the past while dazzling modern palates. Originating from the early 20th century, the Aviation first appeared in print in Hugo Ensslin’s 1916…

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The Protected Bike Lane: A Cocktail Celebration of Cyclist Safety

The Protected Bike Lane – it’s not just the name of Ann Arbor’s exciting new downtown traffic development, it’s also the name of a recent custom cocktail creation. A celebratory homage to this game-changing local project, The Protected Bike Lane cocktail mirrors its real-world counterpart in boldness and embodies the spirit of progress and excitement in its unique blend of flavors. This…

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The Last Word: A Timeless Classic That Still Speaks Volumes

In the pantheon of classic cocktails, few have a history as rich and flavors as complex as The Last Word. First crafted during the prohibition era at the Detroit Athletic Club, this enchanting elixir has experienced a remarkable renaissance in the past few decades. As you savor its bright, herbal taste, it’s hard to imagine that this cocktail was nearly forgotten, only…

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The Autumn Ember: A Campground in a Glass

There’s nothing quite like spending an autumn night around a crackling campfire, the air crisp and filled with the scent of burning wood and the taste of shared treats. This inspired me to create a cocktail that encapsulates this quintessential fall experience — the Autumn Ember. This complex concoction, designed for special occasions, takes you on a sensory journey back to the…

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Sad in the Summertime: A Cocktail for Farewells

As the sun blazed down on a hot summer afternoon, a gathering of friends and colleagues gathered in a backyard to bid farewell to a beloved individual embarking on a new journey. The mood was a mix of sadness to see them leave and excitement for the adventures that lay ahead. To mark this bittersweet occasion, I crafted the perfect cocktail, the…

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Delta’s Sky Breeze: An Airborne Cocktail Grounded in Nostalgia

For a period of time, and perhaps even still to a dedicated few, a cocktail known as the Sky Breeze reigned supreme in the rarefied atmosphere of Delta Airlines flights. This was not your average in-flight drink; the Sky Breeze was an esoteric libation with its own dedicated following, a cocktail cult, if you will. While the Sky Breeze is based on…

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Inclement Weather – A Signature Cocktail for any Season

I created the Inclement Weather when I was commissioned to make a signature drink for a relative. They were pretty open to whatever ingredients I wanted to use so I tried to focus the flavor of the drink on their personality. Picture yourself in a private lounge– but it’s also a library– built in an old building, you walk through the stacks…

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