Allies This cocktail is an interesting variation of a Martini.  I fell in love with it immediately when I had it with Garret Richard at Slowly Shirley in Manhattan. It has the allure and bite of a martini, while still being offset by the sweet herbal liqueur of Kümmel, a clear Scandinavian spirit flavored with […]


Negroni The Negroni is one of the most classic, perfect and yet simple cocktails to make. And, it is potent.  It is simply all equal parts Gin, Campari and sweet vermouth.  The only way to mess this up is if you don’t measure.  And while there might be dozens of variations on this cocktail, the […]

Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned This is probably the world’s oldest cocktail, and it is appropriately named.  Some accounts claim this was originally served with brandy, not whiskey. Typically, today, it is made with bourbon. And, of course for those tiki lovers, an fine aged rum works too.  No matter what your preference, the key point is to […]

Crushed Ice

Crushed Ice One of the key components to tiki or tropical cocktails is undoubtedly crushed ice. Crushed ice from a built in fridge/freezer is not going to work.  It produces either very large chunks, or very small particles. And of course, it uses that cloudy tap water which most definitely has a chlorinated taste to […]