DIY Cocktails

The Great Pumpkin

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This week’s drink is perfect for Autumn and a nice change of pace from many of the ultra-sweet cocktails that make the rounds on Halloween.  You can sip the Great Pumpkin while you wait for the Great Pumpkin to appear (or while you watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” on TV).

The level of DIY-ness in this cocktail is up to you! I juiced apples from a local farm but used organic pumpkin puree … Read more

Hey, Fig Spender

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This sweet, autumn variation on a Manhattan is the perfect drink to sip by the fireplace. It takes a little DIY effort, but it’s worth it.

Make some fig bourbon for this tipple, and if you’re really feeling like a mixologist, make the bitters yourself, too. Dubonnet is an aperitif much like sweet vermouth, and it can be found in most liquor stores.

This is a sophisticated treat for an upscale Halloween party or holiday … Read more

DIY Fig Bourbon

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Figs are in season where I live (and in most of the US), so now is a great time to use this delightful fruit in cocktails. You can even enjoy this fig infusion long after the season is over!

The flavor of this fig bourbon is perfect for Fall and holiday drinks. Try it in a Manhattan or with a little soda and a squeeze of lemon. I use Black Mission figs, but you can … Read more

Pumpkin Liqueur Roundup

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Every Halloween, We get a bunch of emails from people looking for pumpkin liqueur for their pumpkin martinis.  You can make your own DIY Pumpkin Liqueur, but there are few good pumpkin liqueurs on the market that will do in a pinch. That’ll give you more time to work on your Darth Maul costume.

    Bols Pumpkin Smash
    Yes! It is back in the US. Pumpkin Smash is a unique combination of pumpkin, spices and cinnamon.

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Rum Old Fashioned

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Inspired by a delicious rum that brings to mind a scotch, today’s drink is a Rum Old Fashioned. We’ve reviewed Brugal 1888 and found it to be a sipping rum complex enough to please whiskey aficionados. So why not try it in the ultimate whiskey drink?

Adding a little sugar and bitters to Brugal 1888 draws out the sweet notes while maintaining the rum’s deep smoky and spicy flavors. I highly recommend you get your … Read more

A Happy Jewish New Year

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We know that the Jewish New Year officially started last week and the high holidays are ending with the Yom Kippur, which is starting this evening. But, we figure that late is still better than never.

I don’t find it easy to make drink recommendations for most Jewish holidays. Most of the holidays are somber and don’t seem quite as festive as the Christian holidays (and for my love of other cultures, I will admit … Read more

Nuts About You

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If fall weather is putting you in a romantic mood, here’s the perfect champagne cocktail for the occasion.

This week’s drink uses orgeat, a floral almond syrup that adds a richness and silkiness to an already great combination: sparkling wine and rum. I suggest you take the extra time to make your own orgeat, using our recipe. However, you can also use a well-made orgeat by Small Hand Foods, Okole Maluna or your favorite ingredient … Read more

Tomato Martini

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Tomatoes are in season! When you make bruschetta or pico de gallo, set aside a couple of tomatoes to make this crazy-delicious Martini.… Read more

DIY Cocktail Onions

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Cocktail onions may seem like an outdated garnish. A lot of bars don’t even bother to stock them. However, when done right, they add a nice savory finish to a good stiff drink.

Of course, you can’t make a Gibson without them.

Check out this tasty and simple recipe.… Read more

Chocolate-Coconut Rum

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Dark chocolate and coconut are an amazing combination. You can bring those flavors to your cocktails with this simple infusion. The bitter cacao nibs in this recipe bring the tantalizing chocolate aroma without adding more sweetness. The coconut rum brings in a hint of sweetness and tempers the intensity of the cacao.

You can use this as the base for a Manhattan-style drink made with sweet vermouth and orange bitters, or along with some vodka … Read more

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