Category: cocktail

You Dumped Him/Her/Them: The Last Word1 oz [30…

You Dumped Him/Her/Them: The Last Word

1 oz [30 ml] gin
1 oz [30 ml] green chartreuse
1 oz [30 ml] freshly squeezed lime juice
1 oz [30 ml] maraschino liqueur
Ice cubes
1 fresh mint leaf

Serves 1

This classic cocktail has not only the best name but also one of the simplest preparations. Regardless of who said what, you can rest assured that you’re getting the last word with this drink. If you don’t love gin, try substituting your favorite spirit. This drink should be all about you. For the Maraschino liqueur, we like Luxardo.

Chill a coupe glass by filling it with ice water, and set aside. Take out your shaking tins, and add all the liquid ingredients to the larger one.

Throw in 5 to 7 ice cubes and shake your anger out at your ex for as long as you need (but at least for 30 seconds.)

After you separate the tins, pop the Hawthorne strainer over the one with the liquid. Empty the now-cold coupe glass and with one hand, hold your small chinois strainer over the glass while you pour the cocktail into it.

From A Woman’s Drink: Bold Recipes for Bold Women by Natalka Burian and Scott Schneider

Photo: Alice Gao / Courtesy of Chronicle Books

Cucumber ! Created by Thomas Waugh at the Pool…

Cucumber ! Created by Thomas Waugh at the Pool Lounge, New York City,


1 ½ oz. cucumber-infused absinthe*

1 oz. fresh lime juice

¾ oz. simple syrup

3 baby-cucumber wheels

Thinly sliced baby cucumbers


Use a muddler to crush the cucumber wheels in a shaker. Add the remaining ingredients and shake well with ice. Strain into a coupe glass lined with thinly sliced baby cucumbers and filled with a small amount of crushed ice.

*To make cucumber-infused absinthe:

Add 10.5 oz. of thinly sliced cucumber to one 750 mL bottle of absinthe. Let steep for 24 hours, then strain cucumbers and bottle absinthe for use.

The Witch’s Heart by Dini from The Flavor Be…

The Witch’s Heart by Dini from The Flavor Bender !


  • 1 jigger apple brandy or apple vodka chilled
  • 1 tsp grenadine
  • 2 jiggers (or to top up) chilled
  • Powdered dry ice optional
  • Martini glass to serve


Add about ½ – 1 tsp of powdered dry ice to the bottom of the glass (optional).

Place the apple brandy and purple shimmery liqueur in a shaker. Add 1 ice cube and shake for a few seconds to chill the drink. Strain the drink into a martini glass. Top up with more purple shimmery liqueur if necessary.

Pour 1 tsp of grenadine syrup, about an inch from the surface of the drink – the grenadine should sink to the bottom, creating a “bleeding” effect.

Add about ½ tsp of powdered dry ice on top and serve with a stirrer, so that your guests can stir the “potion” to create that shimmery, smoky effect.



Named after the south side of Chicago and one of Al Capone’s favourite cocktails, the Southside is delicious, fresh and simple to mix.


60ml Ink Gin

30ml lime juice

20ml simple syrup

Mint leaves


Shake gin, juice and syrup, plus three mint leaf, in a shaker with ice. 

Double strain into a coupe glass and float a mint leaf on top to garnish.

Nelly le Comte Photography

Southern Peach Long Island Iced Tea Cocktail b…

Southern Peach Long Island Iced Tea Cocktail by Brittany Bly


  • 2 wedges Fresh Peaches
  • 1/2oz Gin
  • 1/2oz Vodka
  • 1/2oz Light Rum
  • 1/2oz Tequila
  • 1/2oz Simple Syrup
  • 1/2oz Orange Juice
  • 1oz Lemon Juice
  • 2oz Coca-Cola
  • 1 wedge Lime
  • 1 sprig Mint


1.Add your peach wedges to a cocktail shaker and muddle. You can also do this separately in a bowl and then add to your shaker.

2.Add the gin, vodka, light rum, tequila, simple syrup, orange juice, and lemon juice to the shaker. And add just a few cubes of ice.

3.Shake thoroughly. In your serving glass, fill half way with ice.

4.Strain your boozy mixture into your glass and top with Coca-cola.

5.Give it just a quick swizzle to blend the Coca-cola and finish with a lime wedge and a sprig of fresh mint.

“Yellow Valley,” Hummingbird, 1053 East Whitak…

“Yellow Valley,” Hummingbird, 1053 East Whitaker Mill Road, Suite 111, Raleigh,

  • 1½ oz Reposado tequila
  • 1 oz Amontillado sherry
  • ½ oz St. Elder Liqueur
  • 1 barspoon agave nectar
  • Grapefruit Peel

Stir all ingredients together with ice, pour into chilled coupe. Express oils on top from grapefruit peel. Garnish with Nasturtium or other edible flower.

Inspired by Yellow Mountains (2016) by Loie Hollowell

Courtesy North Carolina Museum of Art

“Datura,” Mandolin, 2519 Fairview Road, Raleig…

“Datura,” Mandolin, 2519 Fairview Road, Raleigh,

  • 1½ oz Skyy Peach vodka
  • ½ oz Vida mezcal
  • 1 oz aloe juice
  • ¾ oz St. Germain
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • 3 dashes Crude bitters grapefruit/peppercorn
  • Mandolin Farm egg white

Mix all ingredients. Dry shake to emulsify. Add 4 ounces of crushed ice. Shake vigorously. Double strain into coupe. Add aloe garnish.

Inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe, “Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1″ (1932) 

Courtesy North Carolina Museum of Art

“The Sand Hills,” Litter, 110 East Parrish Str…

“The Sand Hills,” Litter, 110 East Parrish Street, Durham,

  • 1 oz Ardbeg 10 Scotch
  • 1 oz Auchentoshen Scotch
  • 1 oz Antica Vermouth
  • ¼ oz luxardo
  • ½ oz cherry syrup
  • ½ oz blood orange puree
  • Brandied rainier cherry
  • Orange peel

Add all ingredients to a shaker glass with ice. Shake and double strain into a coupe. Garnish with a brandied rainier cherry and orange peel.

Inspired by

Georgia O’Keeffe, “Small Purple Hills” (1934)

Courtesy North Carolina Museum of Art 

“Sedano Fiore” by Pizzeria Toro,Inspired by G…

“Sedano Fiore” by Pizzeria Toro,

Inspired by

Georgia O’Keeffe, “Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1″ (1932)

  • 2 oz Uncle Vals Botanical Gin
  • ½ oz celery/pepper juice (blend, run through cheese cloth)
  • Capful Chartreuse
  • Capful of Luxardo
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • One pretty, edible flower of your choosing

Build in shaker over ice, stir, strain in martini glass, and add flower.

Image Courtesy North Carolina Museum of Art

Maple Bacon Maria Cocktail, MB Steak, Mestizo…

Maple Bacon Maria Cocktail, MB Steak,

Mestizo reposado mezcal mixed with its house-made Bloody Mary mix, which is composed of fresh tomato juice, horseradish, Worcestershire, lime, lemon, orange, pepper, Tabasco, and celery salt.