Old School Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned

Old School Old Fashioned

  • Begin with a nice peel of orange, and one peel of lemon, at the bottom of your serving glass.
  • On top of that add one packet of ‘sugar in the raw.
  • Add ‘three’ shakes of Angostura bitters.
  • Add ‘two’ bar spoonfuls of water, to help dissolve the sugar and soften the whiskey.
  • Muddled these ingredients together. Releasing the citrus oils.
  • Add Ice to top of serving glass
  • Add ‘two’ ounces Bourbon Whiskey
  • Stir to incorporate flavors
  • Add ‘one’ nice orange peel twist on top for garnish.
  • Serve and enjoy!

The Old-fashioned is a classic whiskey drink that has been served since around 1880 at the Pendennis Club in Louisville, Kentucky and is (disputably) the first drink referred to as a cocktail. It is the perfect ideal of what a cocktail should contain: a spirit, a sweet, a bitter, and water.

There is also a dispute as to use rye or bourbon, sometimes brandy and never rum. Depends on where you come from and what you like. I like bourbon, you can use anything you like.



Sidecar Cocktail

• 2 ounce Premium Cognac or Brandy
• ¾ ounce Tripe Sec
• ¾ ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
• ¾ ounce Simple Syrup
• Shake and Strain Into a Chilled Cocktail Glass
• Garnish With A Fresh Lemon Twist
• Also Perhaps Some Brandy Soaked Cherries

The Sidecar Cocktail – It is said that this classic old school cocktail was named after the motorcycle sidecar that chauffeured an American Army captain, to and from his favorite Parisian bistro, during the first world war. The first mention of this drink in a recipe book was three years after the war in 1922. In a book called Harry’s ABC of Mixing Cocktails, by Harry MacElhone. This drink features brandy, orange liqueur and fresh lemon juice, shaken and served in a chilled and sugar rimmed martini glass. Cheers!

Bronx Cocktail

Bronx Cocktail

• 3 ounce Premium Gin
• ½ ounce Dry Vermouth
• ½ ounce Sweet Vermouth
• 1 ounce Fresh Orange Juice
• ¾ ounce Simple Syrup
• Shake and Pour into Chilled Cocktail Glass
• Garnish with a Wedge of Orange

The Bronx Cocktail is essentially a Perfect Martini with orange juice added. It was ranked number three in “The World’s 10 Most Famous Cocktails in 1934”. An old school classic, it was the third most popular cocktail in 1934, after the martini and the Manhattan. Today, it remains a popular choice in some markets, and is designated as an Official Cocktail by the International Bartender Association. Like the Manhattan, the Bronx is one of five cocktails named for one of New York City’s five boroughs, but is perhaps most closely related to the Queens, which substitutes pineapple for the Bronx’s orange. Two gentlemen of the era are separately credited as this drinks originators. Joe Sormani, from Philly and Johnnie Solon of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Whoever was the true author, this drink has fallen into obscurity, but isn’t out of the game completely. Gin, Dry Vermouth, Sweet Vermouth and Orange Juice, makes this a tasty drink.

Hermosa Cocktail

Hermosa Cocktail

  • 3 ounce Chapagne or Sparkling Wine
  • 2 ounce ‘Kern’s’ Guava Nectar
  • Served in a Flute Serving Glass
  • With a canteloupe ball garnish

This is the perfect summertime cocktail. A signature creation of The Drink Chef… It is a simple mix of sparkling wine and a nice splash of guava nectar. I like the brand ‘Kerns’, but others will do if you can find them. This drink is smooth and silky on the palette and leaves you wanting more. Cheers!

Bay Breeze

Bay Breeze

  • Bay Breeze
  • 1 1/2 ounce Vodka
  • 1 ounce Pineapple Juice
  • 1 ounce Cranberry Juice
  • Over ice in a rocks serving glass
  • lime wedge garnish

The Bay Breeze is a very simple but tasty cocktail! The Bay Breeze is a cocktail which has a Cape Codder as its base, but with added pineapple juice. This drink is also sometimes called a Downeaster or Hawaiian Sea Breeze, similar to the Sea Breeze, which uses grapefruit juice instead of pineapple juice. I classify this one as a ‘boat drink’ or a ‘Jimmy Buffet’ cocktail.


Negroni Cocktail

The Negroni
• Begin With a Mixing Glass Full of Ice.
• 1 ounce Premium Gin
• 1 ounce Campari
• 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
• Stir 30 to 50 Times
• Strain into a Chilled Cocktail Glass
• Garnish with an Orange Peel

The Negroni cocktail is made of one part gin, one part sweet vermouth and one part bitters, traditionally Campari. The most widely reported account of it’s origin, is that it was invented in Florence, Italy in 1919, at Caffè Casoni, which is now called Caffè Cavalli. Count Camillo Negroni invented it by asking the bartender, Fosco Scarselli, to strengthen his favorite cocktail, the Americano, by adding gin rather than the normal soda water. The bartender also added an orange garnish rather than the typical lemon garnish of the Americano to signify that it was a different drink. One of the earliest reports of the drink came from Orson Welles in correspondence with the Coshocton Tribune while working in Rome on Cagliostro in 1947, where he described a new drink called the Negroni.

Champagne Cocktail with Angostura Bitters

Champagne Cocktail Recipe

  • Begin with a champagne flute glass
  • On a cocktail napkin, place one cube of sugar and shake Angostura Bitters…
  • Soak this sugar cube completley.
  • Fill full of Champagne or Sparkling Wine
  • Add (Drop in) this  Soaked Sugar Cube (Don’t try this with a packet of sugar, it wont work correctly)
  • Garnish with a fresh peel of Lemon
Champagne Cocktail

This is one of the earliest examples of cocktail creationism. I can imagine Monk Perignon would have thrown in a couple berries himself at some point…. Anyway… sparkling wine makes a wonderful elixir to add to any kind of flavor or juice that you like. In this case… an Angostura bitters soaked cube of sugar and a lemon twist will jazz up this drink to make it a delight. Feel free to try different flavored bitters or different sugars. In any case, a ‘packet’ of sugar will not work. It makes the cocktail foam over.
Trust me… I’ve tried it many times. Cheers!

Season’s Drink: Sweet Liberty

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This cocktail is absolutely delicious!

• Begin With a Red, White and Blue Sugar Rimmed
• Highball Serving Glass Full of Ice
• 1 ½ ounce Sweet Tea Vodka
• ¼ ounce Peach Schnapps
• 2 ounce Homemade Iced Tea
• 1 ounce Homemade Lemonade
• Garnish with a Lemon Wedge