Tag Archives: cocktail recipes

Recipe: “Zapata’s Grove”

11 Jul

 Zapata's Grove

Here is my weekly post for Put A Egg On It. Here, I made a long-sipping cocktail with chipotle and tequila that I smoked(!). There’s a lot of DIY ingredients in this drink, such as a chipotle-honey syrup and a homemade batch of grapefruit bitters. I shot some video of the cocktail mixing and how to use the Polyscience smoking gun, which may be the coolest gadget I’ve used in a while.

Click this link for the recipe: http://www.putaeggonit.com/word/cocktail-recipe-zapatas-grove/


Recipe: “The Fitz”

27 Jun

thefitzHappy Friday, all! Here’s my weekly installment at Put A Egg On It‘s blog. This week, I made a lavender and citrus cocktail, perfect for sipping on the pool side or the fire escape.


Put Some Sherry on Top

27 Mar

Sherry is super cool. Like bourbon (or awesome hot sauce), it’s aged in barrels in basements. Often winemakers use a blend of white grapes aged over a long timespan, so most don’t have a vintage. My favorite wine bar has some fantastic varieties now, and there are certainly a lot of them. Some can taste like raisins and molasses, like the Toro Albalá Gran Reserva PX. Others are nuttier and amber-colored, like the Oloroso Don Niño Emilio Lustav. The first sherry I ever tried (from Trader Joe’s) had a nutty and briny taste that was almost ocean-like. So far, I haven’t met a sherry I didn’t like, and it actually makes for a really cool cocktail mixer.

EDIT: For additional reference, this sweet sherry guide from Tasting Table is really useful.

For this drink recipe, the fortified sherry lends some sweetness to bourbon. It’s my take on the Brown Derby, a bourbon-grapefruit concoction named for the famous Los Angeles restaurant. It looks like a naughty iced tea when served, with plenty of grapefruit and ginger bite. It’s a drink for the tumultuous seasons: warming bourbon for cold evenings and sweet sherry and citrus for spring’s hopefully-soon-before-my-feet-take-on-freezer-burn arrival. One of these days.

Maid of Sugar, Maid of Spice

1 oz. 90-proof bourbon (I use Maker’s Mark)
1-2 dashes Regan’s orange bitters
2 tsps. grapefruit bitters (recipe follows)
1 oz. ginger simple syrup (recipe follows)
1/2 oz. Ruby Red grapefruit juice
1/2 oz. cream sherry
1 grapefruit slice for garnish
1 ginger slice for garnish

In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine bourbon, bitters, syrup, grapefruit juice and sherry. Shake vigorously and strain into a coupe glass or lowball. Garnish with grapefruit slice and ginger.

DIY Grapefruit Bitters (adopted from Serious Eats)

1 1/2 cups 100-proof vodka
Peeled zest from 1 grapefruit
Peeled zest from 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon dried lavender blossoms
4 dried juniper berries
3 dry sage leaves
1/2 teaspoon whole coriander seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons cut gentian root
1/4 cup golden rum
2 ounces simple syrup

Combine citrus zests with vodka in a glass jar. Shake to agitate and let steep overnight.

Add lavender, juniper, sage leaves, coriander, gentian root, and rum to jar. Seal and shake to combine. Keep in a cool, dark place (like a closet, pantry, or the dungeon of Castle Bitter).

Keep in dark place 10-15 days (I kept mine steeping for 17 days).

Using coffee filters or cheesecloth, strain mixture into another jar or bottle until all impurities are removed. Add simple syrup and shake to combine. Let sit overnight before using.

Ginger Simple Syrup
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
5 thin slices ginger root

In a medium saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil. Reduce heat, add ginger slices, and steep for 15-20 minutes. Let cool before using.

V-Day Drinks for the Single, the Dumped, and the Bitter

14 Feb

Ooh la la? Oh la yuck. Valentine’s Day is a day for loving food, whether creamy chocolate hearts or succulent oysters on the shell. It’s for getting cozy with rich-tasting pasta. That is, if you’re celebrating it with somebody.

For singles, February 14th is a black hole of a day, where everybody seems to have a date and champagne flutes while you dress in black and roll your eyes at greeting cards and secretly want to pop every shiny mylar balloon. Or maybe not. Either way, here are two personally developed cocktail recipes for the singleand-bitter-about-it on Valentine’s Day. Both utilize a homemade version of Campari, a classic Italian apertif that’s far too expensive to afford on a single’s budget. My DIY version (a more grapefruit-heavy adaptation of the Lee Bros. Purple Jesus Punch) adds a bitter backbone to both recipes.

Each drink has a recommended romantic comedy pairing, available on Netflix. Invite another single-and-bitter-about-it friend over and enjoy these with delivery Chinese food, knowing that you’re beating the crowds, imposed traditions, and the plans to be romantic.

Netflix Negroni

New York Times writer Jonathan Miles said negronis are like having an ex-lover slap you in the face. With a poetic (and apt) description and complex flavors, this gin-based cocktail is perfect for milling over a recent breakup while plotting how to win the next heart. Take out the gin and add 2 ounces of club soda to make an Americano.

1 oz. gin
1 oz. Martini & Rossi sweet vermouth
1 oz. DIY Campari (recipe follows)
1 slice of navel orange for garnish

Combine first three ingredients in a lowball glass with ice. Stir to combine.

Recommended Netflix Rom-Com pairing: The Rebound

You Win Rum, You Lose Some

With the addition of pineapple juice and Malibu coconut rum, this sweet/sour/bitter concoction has the fruity flavor of a piña colada without the heavy dairy feeling or the sugar rush. Less face-slappingly bitter than the negroni, this is a sweet fling on spring break.


1 oz. Malibu coconut rum
1 oz. DIY Campari
1 oz. pineapple juice
1/2 oz. grapefruit juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup
3 dashes Regan’s Orange bitters
slices of navel orange and grapefruit, for garnish
splash of club soda

In a cocktail shaker, combine Malibu, DIY Campari, pineapple and grapefruit juices, simple syrup, and bitters. Shake with the aggression you feel towards members of the opposite (or same) sex. Strain into a lowball with ice, garnish with citrus slices, and top off with splash of soda.

DIY Campari
1 750 mL bottle vodka (I used SVEDKA)
3/4 lb black cherries
12 oz. blackberries, rinsed
2 grapefruits
1 very large navel orange

Stem and pit cherries, then slice each in half. Place into a large carafe or pitcher, along with blackberries. Leaving on the pith and peel, cut grapefruits and orange into slices. Place into carafe. Pour over vodka and steep for a full 48 hours in refrigerator. Strain out vodka into a new, clean carafe, and keep refrigerated.

Recommended Netflix Rom-Com pairing: 13 Going on 30

All photos by Tommy Werner