Manny Hinojosa, mixologist and bar manager at the Walnut Creek Yacht Club submitted this drink recently. He’s been mixing up some amazing cocktails and this one is no exception. Gin, Campari, fresh strawberry puree, a little lemon juice, simple syrup and of course balsamic vinegar give this cocktail a nice tang and touch of sweet.
This cocktail was invented by Harry MacElhone in 1919 at Ciro’s Club, London. He original used crème de menthe but switched it with gin at Harry’s New York Bar, Paris, in 1929.
“I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold and very well-made.”
—James Bond, “Casino Royale”
The “one drink” that Bond is talking about is the Vesper—named after villain/love interest Vesper Lynd. Made with gin, vodka and Lillet, this martini variation, it is indeed very strong.
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Bond was very particular about the brands used in his drink, … Read more
This St. Patrick’s Day we thought it was time for a green cocktail that’s a little different.
The little bit of celery juice and mint add a fresh spring flavor and scent. Use your best gin in this one, as the flavor really comes through and the other ingredients are a good compliment to that spirit.
One of the most difficult parts about creating these new drinks is naming them. We had a good laugh … Read more
March 12 marks the birthday of the woman credited as the inspiration for the World War II icon Rosie the Riveter.
A true American icon, whose can-do spirit captured the hearts and minds of Americans for decades,
Rose Will Monroe was a Jill-of-all trades out of necessity, and a fun loving, ambitious woman by nature. She joined thousands of Kentuckians who left their rural homes during World War II in search of good-paying defense jobs.… Read more
It’s Mixology Monday again, and this month’s hosts are Thinking of Drinking and North Shore Distillery’s Sonja Kassebaum. She has deemed this month’s theme to be absinthe, why because she simply adores the stuff. I am sure the cocktails coming forth from this one will surely not disappoint.
I decided to go call up a classic, the Monkey Gland. This classic cocktail was either created at by Harry MacElhone at his Harry’s New York Bar … Read more