Brandy Vermouth Cocktail (p. 17)

It’s the first official day of teacher summer. We tried to luxuriate, but we’re both overachievers, so we went for a 3-mile run, did laundry, and cleaned our house. We did manage to eat some awesome salmon pastrami (at the lovely Blessings Cafe), drink beer at lunch, nap, and make this brandy cocktail. Brandy evokes…

Fine and Dandy Cocktail (p. 37)

Today was the last day of the school year. I rode the Staten Island Ferry with a bunch of my colleagues, and drank too much cheap beer. But, in theory, I’m feeling fine and dandy about the summertime, so we  made this cocktail. Recipe as written: Juice of 1/4 lemon 1/2 oz. triple sec 1 1/4 oz….

Bermuda Highball (p. 8)

I wanted to try something that called for a different sort of glass today– I felt like the pictures were getting a little repetitive– and it’s also been awhile since we busted out the brandy.  This recipe seemed strange, but we had everything it called for and, ultimately, I think we’ve committed ourselves to making…

Jeyplak Cocktail (p. 52)

We’re both teachers, and this is our last weekend before the last few days of school. We’re getting the party started with a heavy cocktail. Back in the days of Old Mr. Boston, absinthe was banned from the USA, so he called for “absinthe substitute.” We used the real thing, and are hoping to see…

Negronis (p. 67)

It was the first day of summer, so it was time to try making Negronis. Here’s the recipe as written: 3/4 oz. Old Mr. Boston Dry Gin 3/4 oz. Campari bitters 3/4 oz. Sweet or Dry Vermouth 3/4 oz. soda water Pour over ice cubes in Old Fashioned cocktail glass and stir lightly. Notes on…

Black Hawk Cocktail (p. 9)

We tried to make our own maraschino cherries this weekend. We live in a bit of a liquor store desert, so we found this recipe that didn’t call for hard-to-find maraschino liqueur, and have been waiting ’til today to try it in a new cocktail. They really just taste like bing cherries, at this point,…

The Perfect Cocktail (p. 73)

After spending a few giggly minutes looking at all the cocktails with port wine and eggs that we’re eventually going to have to drink, we decided on something a little less frightening for this hot, humid day.  Here’s the recipe as written:  1/4 oz. Dry vermouth 1/4 oz. Sweet Vermouth 1 1/2 oz. Old Mr….

An Introduction to the Art of Good Mixing and the Art of Good Living

Knowing our fondness for mid-century kitsch and booze, my mom’s cousins gave Chris and I a 1963 edition of the Old Mr. Boston De Luxe Official Bartender’s Guide as a wedding gift. Home bartending is kind of a family tradition. Everyone in my mom’s family knew how to make a Perfect Rob Roy for my great-grandmother (scotch,…