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The Masked Bandit




The Gripping Conclusion

  • 2 oz irish whisky (please don’t use jameson or bushmills. you’re better than that)
  • absinthe rinse
  • ¼ oz real grenadine
  • creole bitters
  • big lemon rind


The Ruby Slipper

cocktail, port, whiskey

the ruby slipper cocktail

  • fresh ginger root, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 oz high west silver oat whiskey
  • 1½ oz tawny port
  • clear creek douglas fir eau de vie rinse
  • 1/4 oz real grenadine
  • angostura bitters
  • ginger slice

rinse the inside of the glass with the douglas fir eau de vie. muddle the ginger in the oat whiskey using ½ inch cubes, sieve into shaker with the rest of the ingredients.

Garden Cocktails

here are the two cocktails i created for the Wildflower Craft Cocktail and Twilight Tour at the San Francisco Botanical Garden last week.

1. zenzerosa

    • muddled ginger
    • 1½ oz bourbon
    • 1 oz japanese plum wine
    • ½ oz cocchi americano
    • creole bitters & peach bitters

garnish with a chunk of candied ginger.

2. wiggy #2

  • muddled rosemary (muddle quickly in the whiskey and sieve into your shaker so as to the release a bit of the oil without adding too much chlorophyll)
  • 1½ oz pear liqueur
  • 1 oz high west silver oat whiskey
  • ¼ oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp syrup
  • lemon bitters

garnish with a small sprig of rosemary.

Wildflower Craft Cocktail and Twilight Tour at the San Francisco Botanical Garden

hey, bay area people, cocktail lovers and botanigeeks; i’ll be creating & serving a couple of cocktails using garden-sourced ingredients at the San Francisco Botanical Garden on April 18th at 7PM. it should be a nice evening so buy your tickets now as they’re selling a very limited number. hope to see you there.


Wedding Cocktails

last week i had the honor of creating two cocktails for a friend’s wedding. one representing the bride, and one the groom:

The Sea Cucumber

  • 1½ oz vodka
  • 1 oz dry vermouth
  • ½ oz grenadine
  • ¼ oz lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  • muddled cucumber
  • rhubarb bitters

thoroughly muddle several thick slices of cucumber in the vodka. strain into your shaker. add the rest of the ingredients. garnish with a cuke slab.

Smokey & the Bandit (the groom has some deeply bromantic feelings for burt reynolds):

  • 1½ oz bourbon
  • ½ oz mezcal
  • ½ oz maple syrup
  • ¼ oz lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  • black walnut bitters
  • peaty single malt rinse
  • candied ginger chunk garnish

rinse the inside of a chilled cocktail glass with a peaty single malt whisky like ardbeg, laphroaig, or bowmore. shake ingredients over ice, strain into the peat-rinsed glass, and plop a chunk of candied ginger in there.

Sotol Cocktail #15

  • 2 oz sotol
  • ¼ oz fresh lime juice
  • ¼ oz ginger syrup
  • orange bitters

The Right Honorable (a homemade carrot brandy concoction)

homemade carrot brandy.

  • 2½ oz carrot brandy *
  • ½ oz tangelo or tangerine juice
  • ¼-½ oz fresh ginger juice (add a bit more if you enjoy the tingly burn)
  • ¼ oz honey syrup (1:1 h20 -> honey)
  • rhubarb bitters

carrot brandy

    • 1 750ml bottle of christian brothers frost white brandy
    • 1 large fresh carrot, sliced thin (~ <3mm). enough to fill a mason jar 1/2 full.
    • 1 large (1 qt) mason jar

slice the carrots and toss them into the mason jar. cover to the top with brandy. let sit in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks & give the jar a good shake daily. bam. carrot brandy.

The Jade Emperor

The Jade Emperor, chinese spirits, cocktail

  • 2 oz fen chieu
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • ½ green chartreuse
  • ½ oz lime juice
  • ¼ oz syrup
  • grapefruit bitters

The Universal Lord of the Numinous Treasure


Mijiu (Rice Baijiu)


  • 2 oz mijiu
  • 1 oz unsweetened black tea
  • ½ oz st. george qi black tea liqueur
  • ¼ oz lemon juice
  • ¼ oz syrup
  • peach bitters

Sorghum whisky cocktail


way tastier than I expected. here’s a recipe:

  • 2 oz fen chieu
  • 1 oz apple juice
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • ¼ oz syrup
  •  bitters

World Alcohol Consumption: What Are People Drinking & How Much?

uganda waragi

Waragi; it comes in a plastic bag.

lately i’ve been reading up on what people distill & consume across the globe. i found this table on wikipedia. most notable, uganda consumes the highest percentage per capita of “other” (non- beer/wine/spirits), which is probably mainly in the form of waragi (which is a blanket term for a handful of distillates, of which bananas & palm are a common source).

south korea leads the world in spirits consumption by a surprisingly large margin (mainly soju, a sweet potato, barley and/or tapioca distillate), but if there were an official alcohol consumption olympics, moldova would go home with the lion’s share of the medals. moldovans consume beer, wine & spirits in roughly equal amounts (lots & lots). conversely, it’s no surprise that several middle eastern islamic states have the lowest overall consumption. and apparently, we americans like our beer, though i personally can’t stand the stuff (tastes like liquid bread… but i will partake in the occasional belgian ale).

it’s also interesting to dig deeper & learn about what the principal crops are that are grown in different regions of the globe, as well as factors like geography, climate, economy, and what the people who live in each region have done with those crops in re; distilling alcohol. some distilling traditions go back almost 10 centuries, as with the cultures that inhabit(ed) what’s now the US southwest, mexico and parts of central america.

The Fireplow

D. Wheeleri

Sotol is a distilled spirit made from the Dasylirion wheeleri (commonly known as Desert Spoon or, in Spanish, sotol), a plant that grows in the wilds of Northern Mexico, New Mexico, West Texas, and the Texas Hill Country. It is known as the state drink of Chihuahua, Durango and Coahuila. There are few commercial examples available. It is produced in a manner similar to the more common artisanal mezcals of central Mexico.

At the Fate Bell Shelter, which is on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande, sotol is depicted in paintings on the rock walls. Sandals, baskets, ropes, mats, and many other items of sotol fiber show it was a highly important resource to Ancient Pueblo People of the Basketmaker culture. These artifacts date to around 7000 BCE.

A humanoid figure with a spray of spiky leaves for a head and a black stripe down the middle of its body may represent the magical spirit of sotol. Sometimes it appears in connection with hunting scenes. Sometimes it appears surrounded by orange ochre flames and black smoke.

source: Wikipedia

The Avanti

  • 1.5 oz aquavit
  • ½ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ⅓ oz orgeat
  • ¼ oz luxardo
  • cherry bitters
  • 1 bing cherry



laird's apple brandy cocktail

  • 2 oz apple brandy
  • ½ oz allspice dram
  • ¼ oz fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. orange marmalade
  • 1 egg white
  • angostura bitters
  • orange bitters

dry shake everything but the apple brandy & marmalade vigorously for 30 seconds, add the brandy, marmalade & ice and shake again, garnish with an orange peel.

Soup of the Day

stolen from sf cocktail week’s facebook wall

The Madras-Oaxaca Express

Madras-Oaxaca Express Mezcal Cocktail

The Madras-Oaxaca Express

  • 2 oz blanco mezcal
  • ½ oz concord grape simple syrup
  • 1/3 oz fresh lime juice
  • cardamon bitters

The Amaurotic Haruspex

“Collared Falconet Haruspex” by Renee LeCompte

  • 2 oz white whiskey
  • 1/2 oz 100% maple syrup
  • ¼ oz fresh lemon juice
  • a few dashes of cinnamon
  • orange twist

The Scenic

scenic sisters

the scenic sisters. aren’t they cute?

  • 2 oz cachaça
  • ½ oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  • ½ oz coconut creme
  • ½ oz velvet falernum
  • ¼ oz clément sirop de canne
  • one egg white
  • hibiscus powder
  • lime bittersdry shake everything but the cachaca vigorously for 30 seconds. add the booze & ice, and shake again. serve and dust the foam with hibiscus powder.

The Yardsale

  • 2½ oz blanco tequila
  • ½ oz sweet vermouth
  • ¼ oz fresh lime juice
  • ¼ oz honey syrup (1:1 > water:honey)
  • orange bitters

The Pussycat


sascha (1993 – 2012)

    • 2 oz rye
    • 1 oz ginger tea *
    • 1/4 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
    • dash simple syrup
    • lemon twist


thinly slice 1 pound of ginger. add slices to a ~3 quart saucepan and top with water. bring to a rolling boil, then simmer for 2 hours. drain immediately (or it gets bitter) through a fine sieve, and store refrigerated in a mason jar.

The Wiggy

Wiggy Darlington

    • 2½ oz high west oat whiskey
    • ½ oz rosemary simple syrup (or muddled rosemary & dash of simple syrup)
    • creole bitters
    • rosemary sprig