Balalaika

I’m reading the wonderful Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami and I came across this cocktail description: A Balalaika is made with one part each of vodka, Cointreau, and lemon juice. A simple concoction, but unless it’s as bitingly freezing as…

Hermosa Beach

From Connor at the Oakleaf, it’s the Hermosa Beach: 0.50 ounce lime juice 0.50 ounce Demerara Syrup 2.00 ounces reposado tequila 4-6 chunks of strawberry 1 large bruised basil leaf Muddle strawberry and basil in a shaker glass. Add other…

Flamenco

Another classic from Death & Co., the Flamenco: 1.50 ounces Lustau Amontillado Sherry 1.00 ounce Bols Genever gin 0.50 ounce orange juice 0.50 ounce lemon juice 0.75 ounce orgeat 2 dashes Angostura bitters Shake all the ingredients with ice, then…

Brown Derby

From the Golden Age of Hollywood comes the Brown Derby: 2.0 ounces Elijah Craig 12-year Bourbon 1.0 ounce grapefruit juice 1.0 teaspoon lemon juice 0.50 ounce Acacia Honey Syrup Shake all the ingredients with ice, then strain into a coupe.…

Whoa Nellie!

A new classic, it’s the Whoa Nellie!: 1.25 ounces rye 0.75 ounce dark rum 0.75 ounce Cointreau 4 dashes Angostura bitters 0.50 ounce lemon juice 0.50 ounce grapefruit juice 0.50 ounce simple syrup Combine all of the ingredients into a…