The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess
The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess is dedicated to the creation of quality classic cocktails. Watch as he mixes up cocktail recipes from the past using the best ingredients.
Whiskey Sour Cocktail
26 Aug 09 56
Continuing with our coverage of Whiskey, in this episode we show you how to make a "Whiskey Sour". While these days the Sour is lumped into the Cocktail category, technically it is a drink style all its own, and includes such drinks as the Daiquiri, Margarita, Lemon Drop, and even Cosmopolitan.
Old Fashioned Cocktail
28 Aug 09 102
The Old Fashioned represents what is perhaps the oldest form of cocktail known. Unfortunately it has fallen out of favor these days, and I rarely see people ordering it. I suppose this could be partially due to the fact that most bartenders don't know how to properly make it anymore. The atrocities I often see inflicted on this drink include leaving out the bitters, and topping it off with water or soda. Please, stop the madness and let's start making this drink properly again!
Rosewater Rickey Cocktail - Jamie Boudreau
27 Jun 07 22
In this special episode, the first in a series of three, Robert sits down with Jamie Boudreau host of Raising the Bar on Small Screen Network. Jamie discusses and demonstrates the principles of Molecular Mixology with his creation The Rosewater Rickey. Be careful! You might feel some heat!
25 Aug 09 63
Few drinks have been able to make the tortuous journey through American Prohibition and into the modern era unscathed by alterations, shortcuts, gimmicks, and obscurity. The Manhattan, retains a modicum of popularity, and is even made pretty much the same way it was back in the late 1800's when it first came onto the scene. Most notably, it is one of the few cocktails which you can still expect to be made with bitters.
18 Aug 09 31
The sidecar is a classic cocktail which most bartenders know, but seems to be rarely ordered. Part of this is because it is poorly made, and more often than not made with sour mix instead of fresh ingredients. Properly made this drink should be made with cognac (or brandy), Cointreau, and fresh lemon juice. There are however a variety of ways these ingredients can be combined, the secret is how to do so in a way that presents a perfect balance.
Manhattan Cocktail - Stirred vs. Shaken
14 Dec 10 30
Throughout the Cocktail Spirit web video series, Robert has explained why certain cocktails should be stirred while others benefit from a good shake. In this episode, he demonstrates why with the classic Manhattan cocktail.
Wet Martini Cocktail
16 Jul 07 48
It is time perhaps that we tackle that quintessential cocktail, the Martini. This drink originated in the late 1800's, and quickly became one of the standards, alongside the Manhattan. The pre-prohibition Martini however was different from what you might expect today in many ways, and frankly it was a lot better for it.
22 Feb 10 48
There are countless stories that claim to herald the origin of the Margarita, and to the best of my knowledge none of them have been definitively identified as the real one. Go ahead and debate this topic amongst yourselves if you wish, but in this episode we will instead focus on how to make a proper Margarita using silver tequila, Cointreau, and fresh squeezed lime juice.
Mai Tai Cocktail
27 Aug 09 55
The Mai Tai is one of the most well known cocktails from the "Tiki" era... Or is it? Chances are good that if you've ever had a Mai Tai, you haven't had it the way Victor "Trader Vic" Bergeron intended it.
Mint Julep Cocktail
28 Apr 10 39
As the Kentucky Derby approaches there is one cocktail that is essential to have in your repertoire, The Mint Julep. Whether at the track or on the veranda watching the sun set, this refreshing, simple and elegant cocktail should be sipped and savored.
Jamie Boudreau - The Vessel 75
11 Jul 07 23
An original creation by Jamie Boudreau, host of Raising the Bar on Small Screen Network, the Vessel 75 utilizes a maple syrup foam to add sweetness and mouth feel. It is a beautiful cocktail with a nod to the classic Old Fashioned.
Last Word Cocktail
20 Aug 09 34
In this episode, join Robert Hess as he shares with you his secret on how to build up a properly stocked liquor cabinet. He then helps you get started in your journey by showing you how to make the "Last Word" cocktail.
25 Jun 07 43
Gin can often be a daunting product to many people, but that's only because they haven't really had a chance to have a gin based cocktail which properly uses this product. You shouldn't have to swallow a mouthful of juniper with every gin cocktail you order. The Jasmine should provide you an opportunity to realize the value of gin.
19 Jan 11 8
Classic Tequila cocktails can be hard to come by. There is the Margarita, the most famous cocktail on planet Earth, and the Tequila Sunrise, and well, how many more can you name? Thus, Robert was pleasantly surprised when he came upon the Prado Cocktail in Jones Complete Bar Guide. With a hint of maraschino liqueur and the use of egg white, this cocktail is sure to become one of your favorites and hopefully, a classic.
4 Sep 07 17
The Mojito seems to be "the" drink these days, but this drink dates from before the 1930's, where it was a popular drink in cuba to refresh and relax with. In the late 1940's the drink burst onto the international scene when it was "discovered" by Enest Hemmingway at "La Bodeguita del Medio". Properly made, a mojito should always be made with fresh mint and fresh lime juice, but due to its ubiquitous popularity, you will often find bars using various unfortunate shortcuts to make them quicker, but sacrifice the quality in doing so.
27 Oct 08 13
When preparing to add some Tiki... er... Exotic Cocktails to my site, I asked Jeff "Beachbum" Berry what drink he recommended besides the Mai Tai. This classic "Trader Vic" creation was first on his list. As Trader Vic himself said: "Fog Cutter, hell. After two of these, you won't even see the stuff."
19 Jul 11 26
The daiquiri is a historic and iconic cocktail. It's simplicity disguises what can be a complex and delicious cocktail when made correctly.
28 Jul 08 42
This long forgotten classic has recently been seeing a hearty return, due partially to one of its core ingredients, Maraschino liqueur also being more available. The Aviation is often the first obscure drink that makes its way onto the cocktail menu of a bar that is trying to acquaint it's customers with pre-prohibition cocktails.
Rye Old Fashioned Cocktail
27 Nov 10 26
The Old Fashioned Cocktail was most likely originally made with rye whiskey. Test your favorite bartenders knowledge and technique with this simple but often badly made cocktail.
Vieux Carre Cocktail
7 Jul 08 18
It was Chuck Taggart over at gumbopages.com who first introduced me to this delicious drink. It was first created in 1938 by Walter Bergeron, the head bartender at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. This was before the installation of the "Carousel Lounge", and while this drink was long missing from their repertoire, it can once again be ordered, and enjoyed, in this famous French Quarter bar.
31 Dec 07 17
When I travel through France, I always try to have at least one Kir Royale. It is a fairly common drink, named after Canon Felix Kir, a former mayor of Dijon, who popularized the use of the local white burgundy wine with a splash of cassis, which became known simply as "Kir". With champagne, it is known as a Kir Royale.
5 Jun 07 27
The Bloody Mary represents a drink where everybody is welcome to test out their creativity just a little to see what sorts of unique twists they can add to this long-time classic. Start with the basic recipe and then see where that leads you.
Pisco Sour Cocktail
24 Aug 09 38
A favorite from Peru is becoming an international favorite as well. This luscious drink is easy to make and provides a great introduction to Pisco, a type of brandy made in South America.
Moscow Mule Cocktail
21 Jan 08 32
Dating from the 1940's, the Moscow Mule was probably one of the first drinks to be created in America which specifically used vodka as an ingredient.
Liqeuer, Aperitif & Digestif
- Almond Liqueur
- Apricot Liqueur
- Blackcurrant Liqueur
- Chocolate Liqueur
- Cherry Liqueur
- Ginger Liqueur
- Herbal Liqueur
- Mint Liqueur
- Pomegranate Liqueur
- Orange Liqueur
- Violet Liqueur