Category: cocktail

DIY Smoked Simple Syrup !


  • 2 Cups Filtered Water
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • Fruit Wood Pellets or Chips*


Preheat a smoker to 180°F**

Pour water into a 9"x13" roasting pan. Add sugar and still until well combined. Place the pan directly on your smoker’s grill grates. Smoke for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

When finished, transfer the smoked simple syrup to a bottle or jar and store in a cool dark place or the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

*Flavors include: alder, apple, apricot, cherry, mulberry, nectarine, pear, or plumb. Pecan and maple also make a good simple syrup.

**On a Traeger Pellet Grill, this is the “smoke setting”

Courtesy Nomageddon

Glass Slippers !

Monkey 47 Gin, dry vermouth, orange bitters, spruce oil 

Courtesy of Drink Company

Summon the Baron!


  • 30mL Baron Samedi Spiced Rum
  • 120mL premium ginger beer


  1. Using a short glass filled with ice, pour in Baron Samedi Spiced Rum, top with 120mL of premium ginger beer.
  2. Garnish using a single lime wedge and then enjoy!

Mother’s Ruin ! From Death & Co.’s David Kaplan 

8 white sugar cubes
2 ounces club soda
4 ounces Plymouth gin
2 ounces cinnamon-orange tea–infused sweet vermouth (mix 3 tablespoons of cinnamon-orange tea with one bottle of sweet vermouth, let stand for 1½ hours, then strain)
4 ounces grapefruit juice
2 ounces lemon juice
3 ounces dry Champagne
6 grapefruit wheels, for garnish

In a pitcher, muddle the sugar cubes with the club soda until the sugar is fully broken up. Add the remaining ingredients (except the Champagne and the garnish) and fill the pitcher three-quarters full with ice cubes. Stir until cold, then strain into a punch bowl over one large block of ice. Top with Champagne, garnish with the grapefruit wheels and ladle into glasses.

Silver-Tequila Martini ! 

Recipe photo courtesy of Kate Mathis,


  • 2 ounces silver tequila,
  • ½ ounce dry vermouth
  • 2 tablespoons fresh pink-grapefruit juice, plus a wedge and a twist for serving
  • 10 to 12 dashes grapefruit or orange bitters, 
  • Edible silver flakes and sanding sugar, for serving


  1. 1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add tequila, vermouth, grapefruit juice, and bitters. Cover and shake several times.
  2. 2. Stir together silver flakes and sugar on a small plate. Run grapefruit wedge along the rim of a chilled martini glass. Dip rim in sugar mixture to evenly coat. Strain tequila mixture into glass, add grapefruit twist, and serve.

To chill a martini glass, fill it with ice, then cold water. Let it stand 5 minutes, then drain.

The “White Pumpkin” Cocktail ! 

 From She keeps a lovely home


  • 1½ ounces white rum
  • 3 ounces unsweetened vanilla/almond milk
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • Pumpkin spice – a teeny, tiny dash


  • Pour 1½ oz. white rum and 3 oz. vanilla/almond milk into a shaker with ice and add 1 tsp. of honey. Shake vigorously and pour into a frosted coup glass. Sprinkle with a teeny bit of pumpkin spice. Garnish with a lovely, delicate, wispy flower sprig.

Notes: If you don’t have pre-mixed pumpkin spice, you can make your own. It’s 3 tbsp. of cinnamon, 2 tsp. ground ginger, 2 tsp. ground nutmeg, 1½ tsp. ground cloves.

Spiced Pear and Bourbon Cocktail !


  • 3 oz. bourbon of your choice
  • 1 oz. apple brandy
  • 2 oz. spiced pear simple syrup
  • ½ oz. fresh squeezed orange juice


  1. In a cocktail shaker, add a handful of ice cubes, and all ingredients directly into the cocktail shaker.
  2. Cover tightly with the lid, and shake vigorously until the ice is broken and the outside of the shaker is frosty; about 15 – 30 seconds.
  3. Strain into a coupe glass over crushed ice, or strain “neat” (no ice) into a small rocks glass.
  4. Enjoy cold!

Hanky panky !

From the Downton Abbey cocktail book,


1½ fl oz (45 ml) gin
1½ fl oz (45 ml) sweet vermouth
2 dashes Fernet-Branca
Orange twist about the size of a thumb, for garnish


  1. Combine the gin, vermouth, and Fernet in a mixing glass filled with ice and stir until well chilled, 20–30 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass.
  2. Express the orange zest over the drink and drop it into the glass.

Sidecar !


  • Lemon wedge
  • Sugar, for the rim
  • 2 fl oz (60 ml) brandy
  • ¾ fl oz (20 ml) orange liqueur
  • ¾ fl oz (20 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • Method:
  • Run the lemon wedge along the rim of a chilled coupe or cocktail glass.
  • Pour a small mound of sugar onto a flat saucer. Tip the glass so it is almost parallel to the plate and gently roll its dampened edge in the sugar to create a sugar-frosted rim.
  • Combine the brandy, orange liqueur, and lemon juice in a shaker. 
  • Add ice, shake hard for 8–10 seconds, and strain into the prepared glass.
  • A recipe from The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book


Courtesy Bacardi