since April 2011


How to Not [email protected]%& Up a Daiquiri 1 Aug 2012
10:39 am

Jeff! Followed you blog for years now! Great to see you on the SSN now. Looking forward to the new videos!

Bainbridge Island Iced Tea 2 Apr 2013
3:22 pm

So what’s the deal with “Bainbridge Island”? Is that a local Seattle in-joke? Is Bainbridge not a nice area?

Corpse Reviver #1 8 Sep 2012
3:10 am

Robert, I can’t speak for the #1 (since I can’t get Applejack in Canada,...) but I’ve noticed the #2 goes down REALLY easy. And if someone is seriously hung over, the easier the drink goes down the better!

Corpse Reviver #1 29 Mar 2013
3:14 pm

I tried this finally this afternoon (not in the morning, maybe next time) and I’m quite fond of it! Nothing that blows my socks off, and yet that is maybe why it’s such a good “morning drink” as it is very mellow. Almost like a “big boy’s” apple juice. I used a vs Courvoisier and a (I have to admit) cheap Calvados with Martini sweet vermouth. I might go a little more expensive with the Calvados next time, but maybe a rough-and-ready Apple Brandy will better fit the bill for me as I can’t get Apple Jack.

Fairbank Cocktail 23 Aug 2012
12:51 pm

Ahhh, Creme de Noyeux. Yet ANOTHER ingredient I can’t get in Canada. Anyone know a decent sorce in the States incase I do some cross border shopping?

Fairbank Cocktail 24 Aug 2012
2:10 pm

I am in Ontario, but I’m fortunate to get around. Any leads by the borders would be great. Even anyplace in California, I think I’ll be out there sometime soon.

Fairbank Cocktail 1 Sep 2012
2:36 pm

Woah, thanks Steve! I appreciate the detective work. I might be that way soon, so I’ll be sure to stop by. Ha! You’d be surprised how many Canadian products we DON’T have access to in Ontario. The LCBO is run by idiots.

Mint Julep - NOT a Mojito Made with Bourbon 2 Sep 2012
5:53 am

It’s tough-love, kids! We all need a little in our lives, and J-Mo’s the one to deliver it.

How to Make a Shrub for Cocktails - Rha Rha Number Two 3 Jul 2012
12:19 pm

Woah! Jaime, that’s a very in-depth naming procedure you went through! Makese want to try it even more,...

Evergreen Swizzle Cocktail 4 Jun 2012
12:39 am

Ugh! So many ingredients I can’t get in Canada! Hahaha! But very inspiring, I haven’t tried making any swizzles before. I’ll use this as a jumping point! Thanks, Jaime.

Young Man Cocktail 5 Feb 2013
12:56 pm

Blair! Perfectly said, I made a Rye Whisky cocktail with a less aggressive Rye and the BT aromatic bitters almost ruined it! It was all I could taste.

Washington Cocktail 21 Mar 2012
3:14 pm

@TheBalch: Besides what Robert said, when I buy fresh fruit I’ll make something that needs twists (Manhattens, Metropoles, etc.) FIRST, and then save the fruit to make sours (or other drinks that need juice) the NEXT night. I’ve never noticed a lack of quality using a lemon that’s wrapped or sat in Tupperware for a day or two in the fridge. The problem for me is buying oranges. A know a lot of drinks that call for orange twists, but not a lot that call for orange juice.

Ford Cocktail 16 Jan 2012
3:32 pm

Hey! Hahaha! Guilty as charged. I had to laugh when I heard the mention to my old post. Thanks for covering this drink, Robert. My roommate loves it, although I STILL prefer the Vancouver!

Blair, I find using a pour spout that has a speed hole (when covering said hole with your thumb) makes for a pretty good dasher top. I use that when dashing absinthe.

Kentucky Medicine Cocktail 29 Nov 2011
10:00 am

Wow, I didn’t know that’s how you use those wine openers!  Thanks, Jamie.

WTF Cocktail 19 Nov 2011
2:04 am

Bonal? I’m not formiliar,... Is it like dubonnet, or Lillet? Sweet or dry vermouth? Or is it completely different from ANY of those four?

Aromatic Collins Cocktail 2 Nov 2011
9:00 am

Jaime!  The new bar looks amazing, congratulations!

Grapefruit Negroni Cocktail 14 Nov 2011
12:37 am

I have to agree with Kathy on this one. I wish I had drank one of these before I tried a classic Negroni. This seems like a much more approachable drink than it’s name-sake.

How to Make a Green Blazer 2 Nov 2011
9:06 am

I’ve been wanting to make my own liqueurs lately too, as the selection of quality ones here in Ontario is lacking.  Any tips for making my own, especially fruit based ones like Apricot?  Jaime, I’ve read your posts on Beer liqueurs so I thought I could start with an Apricot beer liqueur,...

Casino Cocktail 5 Oct 2011
5:37 am

Here, here Rhett! Are you in Ontario? If so, let’s harass the LCBO together! Maybe together we can knock some sense into them. They stocked Old Tom last year, but then de-listed it.

Caprice Cocktail 29 Sep 2011
9:55 am

I don’t want to be THAT guy,... But this seems like a Ford cocktail with different proportions. Must give this one a try.

Caprice Cocktail 5 Oct 2011
2:07 pm

Too true! Tried the Caprice the other night and I have to say, what a difference! Think I prefer the Caprice, quite superior to my pallet. BUT, I still prefer the Vancouver to both of them! Haha!

Bridal Cocktail 22 Sep 2011
10:21 am

Is my palette CRAZY, or does this drink taste good with a full 1/4 ounce of maraschino? I tried it that way and the maraschino is still pretty tame. Or, am I coo-coo?

Metropole Cocktail 19 Sep 2011
6:54 am

Excellent video, Robert! Found this drink in Wondrich’s book, and I dig it. Showed it to my friend and she loved it too. Hoping I can find bitter truth in Canada, but my Peychauds is good enough for now.

Old Pal Cocktail 9 Aug 2011
7:43 am

I bought a bottle of Campari two summers ago, and as my taste buds get a little more mature I’ve been drinking more and more of it and now the first bottle is ALMOST done.  Yay for me!  Hahaha!  Think I’ll polish it off with this recipe, thanks.

E**X**R and Ginger 28 Jun 2011
9:45 am

Robert!  You ACTUALLY drank!  Nice to see you enjoy your hard work!  Hahaha!

E**X**R and Ginger 17 Aug 2011
12:16 pm

Alan!  Don’t discourage Robert from drinking his drinks!  He’s been working hard preaching the art of cocktailing, and needs to relax!  Hahaha!

Leap Year Cocktail 21 Apr 2011
12:10 pm

Nice find Robert!  I tried this one last night, and it was delightful.

There’s a LOT of drinks to wade through in the Savoy book, so I appreciate the help.  Thanks!

Vesper Cocktail 5 Jun 2012
4:08 pm

Anyone try switching the vodka and Lillet ratios around? More Lillet and less vodka? Sipping it right now, and my tastebuds seem to prefer it that way. Thoughts?

Mint Julep Cocktail 9 Jul 2011
6:50 am

Don’t know if this will help,...I don’t live in a dry climate, but my girlfriend keeps the fresh herbs in a plastic bag but inflates it with air before she seals it.  That works well for us but again, I’m in a humid area.