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.

Caipirinha

Caipirinha

  • Caipirinha
  • 4 Lime Wedges, Cut in Half to Make 8 Segments
  • 1 ½ Packets of Raw Sugar
  • Muddle These… Then Add
  • 2 ounce Cachaca
  • Over ice in a rocks serving glass
  • Lime Wedge Garnish

 

The Caipirinha Cocktail is the nation drink of Brazil! It is made with fresh lime segments, sugar and cachaca. Cachaca is not a rum! It is similar, however the difference is that cachaca is is made with the fresh pressed juice from sugar cane, then fermented to make cachaca. Rum is usually made with the fermented by-products of sugar production, like molasses.

The word caipirinha is the diminutive version of the word caipira, which refers to someone from the countryside, being an almost exact equivalent of the American English, slang term: hillbilly. This cocktail is wildly popular in Brazil. A couple of variations, though not quite as popular are the Caipiroska, which is made with  vodka substituted for cachaça, and the Caipiríssima is a caipirinha made with rum instead of cachaça.

Black Russian

Black Russian

Black Russian

  • Black Russian
  • 1 ounce Vodka
  • 1 ounce Coffee Liqueur
  • Over ice in a rocks serving glass
  • No garnish

The Black Russian is a classic cocktail, made with ‘Russian’ Vodka and Coffee Liqueur. Usually poured with less coffee liqueur than I did here… but it’s my video, and therefore, my recipe, and I think it tastes better with a larger portion of the ‘Black’ or coffee liqueur. Very simple, and very tasty… If you haven’t ordered one lately, you should! It’s a delight! Cheers!

Aviation

Aviation Cocktail

  • Aviation Cocktail
  • 2 ounce Gin
  • ½ ounce Luxardo Marachino Liqueur
  • ½ ounce Crème de Voilet
  • ¾ ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Shake & strain into a cocktail glass
  • Garnish With a lemon twist

The cocktail known as ‘The Aviation’ was first created in the early 1900s at the Wallick Hotel of New York, by a gentleman named Hugo Ensslin. Mr. Ensslin first published this recipe in his own book, called ‘Recipes for Mixed Drinks, in 1916. The creme de violet adds a slight sky blue color which perhaps inspired the name of this drink, in honor of the new aviation industry, just starting to emerge at this early time. A robust cocktail, not for the faint of heart. Wildly popular in it’s day. Cheers!

Americano

Americano

Americano Cocktail

  • Americano Cocktail
  • 1 ounce Campari Liqueur
  • 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
  • 3 ounces Sparkling Water
  • In a Highball glass with a lemon twist garnish

The Americano is a cocktail made with Campari, Martini and Rossi sweet vermouth, and club soda. This drink was first served in Caffè Campari, in the 1860s, invented by Gaspare Campari. It was originally known as the “Milano-Torino” because of its ingredients: Campari, the bitter liqueur, is from Milan and Cinzano, the vermouth, is from Turin (Torino). In the early 1900s, the Italians noticed a surge of Americans who enjoyed the cocktail. As a compliment to the Americans, and perhaps to better sell this cocktail…it sooner or later became known as the “Americano”.

It is the first drink ordered by James Bond… in the first novel of the Ian Fleming’s, James Bond Series. This first glimpse of James Bond in… ‘Casino Royale’. Today it is renowned and enjoyed the world over, by Americans, Italians and many, many other cultures. Cheers!

Screwdriver

Screwdriver

Screwdriver

  • Screwdriver Cocktail
  • 1.5 ounces vodka
  • Orange Juice (fresh-squeezed is best)
  • Serve over ice in a highball glass. Garnish with orange wedge

OK… so this one is pretty simple… but I still have to document it with my videos. Vodka and orange juice, with an orange garnish. Puportedly…. the strory goes that some mechanic, somewhere… used to enjoy these after work and he just happened to stir his cocktail with a screwdriver. That’s the story… This is a great cocktail anytime. Cheers!

Salty Dog

Salty Dog

Salty Dog

  • Salty Dog
  • 1 ½ ounce Vodka
  • 2 ounces Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • Serve in a ‘Salt Rimmed’ Bucket Glass Full of Ice

The Salty Dog is a great cocktail. Vodka & grapefruit juice in a salt rimmed glass. The ‘dog’ in the name refers to the fact that this drink is actually a ‘Greyhound’ cocktail but with a salted rim on the glass. It’s simple, tart, puckering and refreshing, and the salt really enhances the flavor of the grapefruit juice. Be sure to use fresh squeezed grapefruit juice for maximum enjoyment! Cheers!

Rob Roy Cocktail

Rob Roy

Rob Roy

  • Rob Roy Cocktail
  • 2 ounces Scotch Whisky
  • 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth  (or Dry Vermouth)
  • 3 Shakes Angostura Bitters
  • Stir Thoroughly in a mixing glass and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry for the sweet version and a lemon twist for a dry Rob Roy

The Rob Roy is a cocktail made up of Scotch whisky, sweet vermouth (or dry vermouth) and bitters. Today’s version of the Rob Roy is made with sweet version, made with sweet vermouth, so there is no need to specify a ‘sweet’ Rob Roy when ordering, however… many people prefer a ‘dry’. In this case the Rob Roy is made by substituting dry vermouth for the sweet vermouth. A ‘perfect’ Rob Roy is made with equal parts sweet and dry vermouth.

The drink was named in honor of the premiere of an operetta, popular at the time, called…Rob Roy, loosely based upon Scottish folk hero Robert Roy MacGregor. The Rob Roy is similar to a Manhattan but is made exclusively with Scotch whisky, while the Manhattan is traditionally made with rye and today commonly made with bourbon or Canadian whisky. Like the Manhattan, the Rob Roy can be made sweet, dry, or perfect. The Rob Roy is usually served in a cocktail glass and garnished with a cherry (for the sweet version) and a lemon twist (for the perfect and dry versions). Cheers!

Raspberry Lemon Drop

Raspberry Lemon Drop

Raspberry Lemon Drop

  • Raspberry Lemon Drop
  • 1 ½ ounce Citrus Vodka
  • ¾ ounce Triple Sec
  • 2 ounces Fresh Lemonade
  • 1 ounce Fresh Raspberry Puree

The Lemon Drop Martini is a very popular and delicious cocktail. It’s tart, slightly sweet and fresh as the day is long with the raspberry puree in there. Anyone can make this simple and refreshing drink. Most popular in the summertime months… it’s not just for breakfast anymore! Cheers!

Pomegranate Martini

Pomegranate Martini

Pomegranate Martini

  • Pomegranate Martini
  • 1 ½ ounce Vodka
  • ¾ ounce Triple Sec
  • ¾ ounce Simple Syrup
  • 1 ounce ‘POM’ Pomegranate Juice
  • Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Shake Vigorously, Strain and Serve

The Pomegranate Martini is a relatively new cocktail. Gaining popularity with the onset of the health craze embracing the nation right now. The anti-oxidant power of the pomegranate hit the newsstands, and the pomegranate juice hit the market place. This tasty drink is very popular and varies in its preparation depending on where you go. A little citrus in this cocktail is OK, but I personally think it inhibits the flavor of the pomegranate. Should be ruby red and served with whatever garnish you like. Cheers!