Reverse Martini w/Channing Daughters Rose Vermouth

I just spent an hour writing a florid ode to Channing Daughters winery (and Wolffer Estates and the breweries Long Ireland and Crooked Ladder). However, WordPress had other ideas, and the whole thing was lost to the annals of the internet. In the spirit (no pun intended) of cocktails and convivial imbibing, I’m choosing to…

Bronx Terrace Cocktail (p. 18)

When we decided to move, we had a list of hopes for our new apartment: a bigger kitchen, an elevator, a super, laundry, outdoor space. We got everything but the outdoor space.  A terrace, in particular, sounds like a dream. To watch the city unfold below from a lofty perch seems so luxuriant. I’ll have…

The Martini: Traditional 2-to-1 (p. 117)

Chris doesn’t like martinis. This confuses and hurts me, and is a schism in an otherwise near perfect marriage. Old Mr. Boston, though, is a man after my own heart. He likes martinis so much he devoted two pages to their preparation, but we disagree strongly on how to make a perfect one. He does,…

Montmartre Cocktail (p. 65)

Three summers ago, Chris and I spent two beautiful weeks in Spain and France. We stayed in a little apartment on the outskirts of Montmartre during the last leg of our trip, and fell in love with that neighborhood. It’s everything you think Paris will be if you’ve watched Amelie over and over again: we had…

Froth Blower Cocktail (p. 39)

This cocktail, we think, is inspired by the Ancient Order of Froth Blowers, a group of affable British dudes who engaged in boozy hi-jinks in the name of charity. According to Wikipedia, Members received goofy cards that entitled them to “blow froth” off fellow members’ beers and that of non-members, provided they seemed grumpy. This…

Whiskey Daisy (p. 106)

We were both hung over post-housewarming last week, and wanted to make something easy and not-terrifying. Hence, the pretty mellow looking whiskey daisy. Here’s the recipe as written: Juice of 1/2 lemon 1/2 teaspoon powdered sugar 1 teaspoon raspberry syrup or Grenadine 2 oz. Old Mr. Boston whiskey Shake well with cracked ice and strain…

Housewarming Party

We had friends and family over to celebrate our new apartment, and we used it as an excuse to make (and briefly write about) some of our favorite cocktails. We also got some awesome booze (and booze-themed) gifts. We made some of our favorites: Negronis, Tom Collinses (p. 100), Old Fashioneds (p. 68), and Manhattans…

Apple Blow Fizz (p. 3)

The 4th of July is over and all the teachers suffering through summer school are back at work. We spent the morning walking around the lake in Prospect Park, had a lingering lunch at the local Mexican place, and Liz took a nap. This is summertime bliss, and it called for something celebratory. According to…

Between the Sheets Cocktail (p. 8)

In a way, this felt like the first true day of summer vacation. It was a Monday, and we woke up with absolutely nothing to do. It was glorious. We slept in, went to MoMA, had lunch at the Plaza Food Hall (at Piada, which was a favorite of Chris’s when they were both located…

Sidecar Cocktail (p. 90)

Today’s post features special guests: my brother Daniel, my sister Abigail, her friend Gilad, and my cousin Rebecca. It also requires a brief discussion of my family. My mom comes from a family of drinkers, but throughout my childhood, my dad’s side limited their drinking mostly to Manischewitz at Passover. My Uncle Rich was a…