Cocktail Recipes: Classic


Old Fashioned Martini Cocktail Recipe As you’ll know if you read our post ‘What’s the Ideal Dry Martini?’,¬† learning of Hemingway’s preference for a 15 gin: 1 vermouth proportion sent us into some research on martini recipes over time. We, of course, found that gin to vermouth ratios varied greatly, anywhere from 1:1 to Hemingway’s 15:1–and even further, to vermouth rinses or no vermouth at...

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Ti’ Punch Cocktail Recipe

Ti’ Punch Cocktail Recipe


Posted By on Oct 3, 2017

Ti’ Punch Cocktail Recipe During Tiki Week, one of the recipes we considered featuring was Ti’ Punch. In the end, though, it was beat out in the proto-tiki category by Planter’s Punch. We kind of forgot about Ti’ Punch until our friend Dan essentially demanded we write about it after we all heard the hosts and guests of The Speakeasy Podcast sipping them. If you’re interested in cocktails this podcast, by...

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Barbados Rum Punch Cocktail Recipe It took some coaxing and a lot of education, but we’ve gradually become fans of rum, and more quickly fans of tiki. It’s true that tiki drinks can be a bit complicated; they take some preparation–of ingredients certainly, but even psychologically, to a certain degree. A tiki drink is an event. When we have time, we enjoy those elaborate, fanfare-filled drinks. But we don’t...

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Bombo Cocktail Recipe

Bombo Cocktail Recipe


Posted By on Aug 21, 2017

Bombo Cocktail Recipe In our post on grog, we mentioned that–in contradiction to the popular imagination–grog was not a pirate drink; it was in fact the official drink of the proper navy. Pirates had their own drink, bombo. We thought, while it was only right to give the navy pride of place, we should also give the pirates their due. Both grog and bombo, as was the case with all old drinks, are recipes of convenience; navy...

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Liquor 101: What’s the Ideal Dry Martini? In Philip Greene’s fun and engaging¬†To Have and Have Another, we read that Hemingway preferred his martinis at a 15 parts gin: 1 part vermouth. We have to admit that it made us curious how a 15:1 martini tasted. It also got us pondering the history of the dry martini in general. As we mentioned in our ‘How to Start Experimenting‘ post, we mentioned that the martini...

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The White Lady Cocktail Recipe As was the case with last week’s Cuba Libre, the White Lady makes an appearance in an Ernest Hemingway story, but not a favorable one. In Islands in the Stream, our hero Hudson is about to head off to the neighborhood bar for a drink, but his domestic helper suggests that maybe he should just have one at home instead. It seems that Bobby the bartender is in a foul mood because his bar has been...

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