Whiskey Sour

A little sour, a little sweet, and a lot of whiskey. What’s not to like? For this recipe you’ll need: 2 ounces bourbon or rye whiskey (use something that’s good quality, but you don’t need to break out your most expensive bottle for this cocktail) 1/2 ounce lemon juice 1 teaspoon sugar ice 1 candied […]


The Manhattan is one of my favorite winter cocktails.  This cocktail is only worth making with good ingredients otherwise it will taste like cheap booze. If you serve Manhattans at your gathering I guarantee your guests will be in the mood to party! For this recipe you’ll need: 1 1/2 ounces bourbon or rye whiskey […]

Scotch Chocolate Krinkles

Booze + Chocolate = Awesome These are not the most beautiful Christmas cookies you’ll ever make but they sure taste good.  You can freeze the dough ahead of time and bake cookies later.  This recipe makes about 72 small cookies. For this recipe you’ll need: 2 large eggs 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 cup Scotch […]

Nihombashi Cocktail (Persimmon Manhattan)

Why call it a Nihombashi Cocktail?  It’s hard to grow persimmons in New York, so I had a hard time calling this a Manhattan.  Nihombashi is the Toyko neighborhood where the Japanese stock exchange is located (thus a bit like Manhattan) and persimmons are common in Japan.  Plus, Nihombashi is just fun to say. Leave […]

Persimmon Bourbon Cooler

This is the boozy cousin of the persimmon spritzer.  Set up a mini bar at your party and let guests mix their own. For each serving you’ll need: 1 tablespoon persimmon syrup 1 cup sparkling water 1 ounce bourbon 1 small lemon wedge (cut a lemon into eight pieces) ice In a highball glass, stir together […]

Persimmon Caramel Sauce with Bourbon

For best results, use overly ripe Fuyu persimmons in this sauce or use Hachiya persimmons.  The more liquidy the better.  This sauce is amazing served warm over ice cream. For this recipe you’ll need: 1 pound persimmons 1/3 cup cream 3 tablespoons butter 3/4 cup brown sugar pinch of salt 1 tablespoon bourbon Cut the […]

California Manhattan

What’s more Californian than pomegranates?  This cocktail is just a hint sweeter and fruitier than an traditional Manhattan.  It’s worth splurging on the good booze for this cocktail. For each drink you’ll need 1 1/2 ounces bourbon or rye whiskey – I like Maker’s 46 1/2 ounce Antica Formula vermouth 1 teaspoon pomegranate molasses 1 […]

Bourbon Molasses Cranberry Sauce

I love cranberry sauce and serve way too many different flavors at Thanksgiving.  This bourbon based sauce will be a new addition to this year’s meal. For this recipe you’ll need 12 ounces whole cranberries 4 tablespoons molasses 3/4 cup brown sugar pinch of salt 2 tablespoons bourbon Combine all ingredients except the bourbon in […]