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The Mistletoe Mojito

• 2 oz light rum (any decent light rum is fine) • 1.5 oz simple syrup (preferably made with unrefined sugar) • half of a lime, sliced into 4 wedges • 6-8 small mint leaves, 3-4 large • 2 ounces cranberry juice • crushed ice • 4-6 cranberries (steeped in rum for a couple of days) […]

The Caipirinha

This is a simple, classic drink, and it’s the national cocktail of Brazil. It uses a Brazilian spirit called cachaça, which is a rum made from sugarcane juice (whereas most Caribbean rums are made from molasses). Cachaça used to be hard to find in the states, but now you can find it in many local liquor stores. […]

Rhubarb Martini

Fair warning – this drink takes more than the average amount of prep work – plan ahead. It uses homemade rhubarb syrup and homemade sour mix, both of which need to be made well in advance. But it IS very good, and worth the trouble. The secret is to make a LOT of the rhubarb […]

Pomegranate Martini

I got this recipe from our friend Jude – thanks Jude! Shake the following in a shaker until mixed and cold: 2 oz. pomegranate juice 2 oz. citrus vodka 1 oz. Cointreau (or other orange liquor if Cointreau not available) juice of half a lemon ice Pour a splash of soda – maybe a half […]

Ozoner’s Rasta Reindeer

Well, I needed to come up with a new drink for Christmas this year… After much difficult experimentation, I came up with the following. It is a weird combination, but seems to work. • 1.5 oz light rum (any decent light rum is fine) • 1.5 oz Malibu rum • Juice of half a large […]

Red Beans and Rice

The classic New Orleans dish. There are SO many different ways to make it: this recipe is more of a guideline than anything else. I cobbled it together from about 3 different sources and after a bunch of trial and error, this is my current favorite iteration. WARNINGS! 1) Done properly, this is a two-day […]

My Classic Mojito

The Mojito has apparently become the new “in” drink over the past year or so. However, I think is is also one of the most bastardized drinks around – I have had some REALLY awful mojitos in some very nice bars. To my mind, a properly-made mojito is light, fresh, and balanced, without the overwhelming […]

Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is used to sweeten lots of different drinks, and it is handy to have on hand in the refrigerator when you need it. Yes, I know that you shouldn’t really need a recipe for simple syrup, but here it is anyway. The ratio of water to sugar is 1:1 – e.g. if you […]

The Hurricane

This is one I have had a ton of requests for – the infamous New Orleans original Hurricane. This is a ‘batch mode’ adapted from a recipe found on Chuck Taggart’s amazing site The Gumbo Pages. Be forewarned that this drink exhibits the three dangerous “S” characteristics – Stealthy, Smooth, and Strong. • 600 ml […]

The Siren

This is a fabulous and unique drink – the recipe came via our good friends Max and Gretchen. I believe it originated at a restaurant downtown – not sure which one. 1.5 oz Vodka .5 oz Sweet Vermouth 2 oz sour mix 2-3 slices of fresh jalapeño crushed ice Dump all of the above into […]