Recipe – Easy Caprese

It's not summer quite yet, but change is in the air. And with it, a whole new batch of cocktails! This one is certainly different, but in a good way. This is the definitive cocktail version of a caprese salad. Many have tried to create a caprese cocktail before, but unlike those, this one actually... Continue Reading →

Recipe – Drake’s Plunder

This drink was the culmination of trying to incorporate Midori into a modern cocktail. Its sweet melon flavor was particularly difficult to balance, but in the end Cynar and Chartreuse did the trick. The drink ended up using ingredients from around the world, particularly seafaring nations, hence the nod to the great circumnavigator. Specs (Note:... Continue Reading →

Recipe – Can I Borrow a Match?

This drink was inspired by spy novels and train travel. Luxury and mystery in equal measure, it is meant to mimic elements of afternoon tea, with floral and herbal components. But be careful, its sophistication hides a punch. Specs (Note: Feel free to scale ingredient costs up and down to fit your budget. These are... Continue Reading →

Recipe – L.A. Sour

The New York Sour is a classic cocktail. This is a conscious, West-Coast inspired adaptation with a California soul. This riff uses tequila instead of bourbon in a nod to L.A.'s proximity to our southern border, aquafaba (the water from a can of cooked chickpeas) as a vegan-alternate to egg white, and rosé for a... Continue Reading →

Recipe – Burst Bubble

  An exercise in disruption, this drink is meant to replicate the taste of bubble gum, without the sticky sweetness. Bubblegum is an intricate, artificial flavor. It uses a complex ester combination that mimics fruit, mint and cinnamon/clove to create a distinct taste. But we use real mint and strawberry for our version. Bubblegum is mankind... Continue Reading →

Recipe – Derailleur

This drink was made for a cocktail competition hosted by Cardinal Spirits and sponsored by Cardinal and Devour Btown, in Bloomington, Indiana. It features spirits from Cardinal, including their Terra Botanical Gin. A town of many faces, Bloomington has something for everyone; local art, music festivals, tons of sports, beautiful nature excursions, interesting foreign food,... Continue Reading →

Recipe – Double A-Side

This drink was inspired by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem. He purportedly mixed Irish Whiskey with Champagne before shows for members of the band who were feeling nervous. After that combination, their stage fright was gone. I wanted to make a cocktail that used both ingredients and bridged the flavor gap between them. Pair with... Continue Reading →

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