Modern Cocktail (p.85)

Scotch is notoriously hard to mix. A peaty scotch can easily overwhelm in a cocktail, but a mild scotch can get lost. With our friends over at Grade A Fancy, and a few other sophisticated drinkers, we tasted a massive array of scotches, and a variety of orange bitters, to determine the best ones to…

Blue Moon (p. 10)

We had a day off for Lunar New Year and spent it enjoying an unseasonably warm day in Prospect Park. We figured a good way to end the holiday would be with a thematically named cocktail, like this Blue Moon. It’s an easy one: 1 1/2 oz. Old Mr. Boston Dry Gin 3/4 oz. Creme…

Claridge Cocktail (p. 25)

This fruity martini probably originates from the 1930s– a few internet sources trace its lineage to the Claridge Hotel on the Champs Elysee. We’ve been hunting for a high quality apricot brandy or eau-de-vie to class up the many drinks that call for apricot brandy in our Old Br. Boston guide, but so far, no…

Kretchma Cocktail (p. 55)

Kretchma is a goofy Russian drinking song, performed here by the original Captain Von Trapp, Theodore Bikel. (We also found this version by an Irish band called Darby O’Gill, if you want to fall down a rabbit hole of cheesy booze-themed music.) The Kretchma of the song is a raucous Russian bar. The cocktail is,…

Brown Cocktail (p. 18)

This is the third in our string of cocktails that really did not seem particularly appealing; however, we entertained some mild hopes for this one. It was weird, but, you know, each ingredient on its own is lovely. There is something nearly negroni-esque in the pairing of gin with a sweet/funky rum and a vermouth….

White Way Cocktail (p. 110)

My mother loves classic green creme de menthe over vanilla ice cream, and serves it on special occasions. I’ve never had the heart to tell her that I just don’t like it, instead passing my bowl to Chris– who is also a fan– so he can shovel it in quick before she notices. My mom…

Honolulu Cocktail No. 2 (p. 47)

It’s time to branch out, to move beyond the cocktails that make us comfortable- the martini and Manhattan and Negroni variants. The point of this whole project was to travel through time, to drink what the people were really drinking in 1963 and thus, in some way, be transported. While we like to imagine all…

Hole-in-One Cocktail (p. 47)

We got a bottle of Stronachie 10-year-old scotch for Christmas. It’s good– it’s a highland single malt, and it’s both peaty and fairly sweet– but we wondered how it would taste in a mixed drink. This cocktail is simple, but also nothing we’d ever have thought up on our own. Here’s the recipe: 1 1/2…

Trinity Cocktail (p. 100)

This week has been full of the beautiful chaos that characterizes everyone’s holiday season, and we threw a party last week, so our cupboards have grown pretty bare.  But we wanted to celebrate the official winter solstice with something that actually looked good. Enter Old Mr. Boston’s three-ingredient Trinity Cocktail. A quick Google search first…

Hanukkah Drinking (Little Princess, p.59, and bonus cocktails)

Liz’s Jewish family drinks Manischewitz on Passover, but otherwise, doesn’t have many boozy traditions, so we decided to make our own for Hanukkah this year. The holiday lasts eight nights, but the partying must go on alongside our regular life and responsibilities, so we made three cocktails for this year’s festival of lights. Let us…