Sweet (red) vermouth, dark rum, and honey simple syrup make up this cocktail that's sweet, herbal, and perfect to end your day with.

Red, Rum, & Honey Cocktail

For reasons unknown, I’m having my vermouth moment. Vermouth intrigues me, partially because it’s an alcoholic mixer. Partially because I can keep it in the fridge and not stress about it going bad before I can use it. And, on top of that, I’m into it as a way to make other alcohol BETTER. So yeah, I guess vermouth and I are “talking.” Which is why I figured out how to use the sweet kind in this new, simple cocktail. Just red, rum, & honey. Hang tight, you’ll get it in a second. Continue reading “Red, Rum, & Honey Cocktail”

History & recipe for the Sazerac: rye whiskey, Peychaud's bitters, absinthe, sugar cube, and lemon peel. Learn to make it properly and thank me later!

Serious Cocktails: The Sazerac

There are a lot of different types of cocktails out there. Bubbly cocktails. Fruity cocktails. Cocktails that require straws. Cocktails that are best shared. Even some that are better made by the pitcher! (These are rare.) But I would remiss if I didn’t, from time to time, call out the serious cocktails. Cocktails that are about the booze, front and center. They deserve to be hailed in a class of their own, and I intend to do so, starting now. This is the first post in a series I’ll be working on about SERIOUS COCKTAILS. And, with Fat Tuesday just behind us, what better place to start than with the Sazerac? Continue reading “Serious Cocktails: The Sazerac”

Comparing Dr. Pepper as a cocktail ingredient in the three classic drinks that feature Coca-Cola in their recipes. How does DP fare in Dr Pepper cocktails?

Dr Pepper Cocktails

I often refer to myself as an “almost-native” Texan or Austinite. I love this distinction because we moved here when I was less than a year old, and I still live here. In fact, I’ve only spent a little over a year away from Austin. (Grad school in London, so sue me.) And as a good Texan, I have a certain affinity for Dr. Pepper. I never sported the “I’m a Pepper!” gear, but I always welcome a cold glass of the stuff on a steamy summer day. Now as a proud amateur mixologist, I’ve noticed a few great cocktails that feature Coke. Yes, Coca-Cola, the American classic. But I thought it was time to put DP to the test and see if there were some Dr Pepper cocktails worth their salt.  Continue reading “Dr Pepper Cocktails”

Rosemary-honey vodka, elderflower liqueur, dry vermouth, and lemon mix for a perfectly balanced floral cocktail.

All Swell Cocktail

You know the saying “all’s well that ends well”? That’s how I feel about this cocktail. All Swell (that ends well) since it took me forever to land on a *new* recipe that used some of my leftover wedding vodka infusion. Yep, this cocktail came about because even though my loved ones are excellent at drinking, I had three handles of my rosemary honey vodka to spare after marrying my beloved. Never being one to let good vodka go to waste, I set about finding a SECOND wonderful drink to enjoy my infusion with. Continue reading “All Swell Cocktail”

Raspberry, rye, and molasses dominate this slow-burning, tangy sweet cocktail that's perfect for fireside evenings spent pouring over a book.

Raspberry + Rye Cocktail

You know that feeling when you just need to be transported to a dusty, leather-filled library for a night? When the real world is just a bit too much (maybe since January 20th…) and you know the only respite you need is a reliable, beloved tome and a glass of something brown and smooth? It’s a very distinct calling, and I’ve felt it more than a few times this winter. Something about the world outside my home that makes me long for the comfort of a classic, indulgent night in. It’s what led me to come up with this cocktail, a raspberry rye concoction that lends itself to a quiet, cozy evening. Continue reading “Raspberry + Rye Cocktail”

Blueberry Elderflower Sparkler Cocktail Recipe - Elderflower liqueur + cava + blueberry shrub = Blueberry Elderflower Sparkler. A floral, tart beauty of a champagne cocktail that's perfect for girls night!

Blueberry Elderflower Sparkler

It’s February! Which means I can drink again! I’ll be honest, I kind of missed coming up with new cocktails and writing about them. But now that my January Whole30 is over, I am delighted to be back in the Drinks game. And for my first cocktail of the new year, what better place to start than a Blueberry Elderflower Sparkler?! This champagne cocktail has it all: glitz, glamor, and a home-made mixer! Continue reading “Blueberry Elderflower Sparkler”

Cherry Mule Cocktail: home-made cherry-infused vodka, ginger beer, & lime

Cherry Mule Cocktail

Oh man, it’s been a crazy couple of days. After some sad family news, I took a last-minute trip to Ohio last week. Getting home on Saturday was a bit of a struggle, but eventually, I got home safe and sound. Since then I’ve been focused on taking care of my parents’ Chihuahua, relaxing, and starting to feel normal. Continue reading “Cherry Mule Cocktail”