Vodka Martini

Sometimes the classics are the best! The key to a great vodka martini is to make it really cold.  Decent quality vodka helps too but you don’t have to break the bank.  If you store your vodka in the freezer you can make a cold martini in seconds.  A frosted glass is even better. For […]

Gin Martini

You have to really like gin to like a gin martini.  Cheap gin is terrible so don’t bother with this cocktail if you don’t want to splurge on the good stuff. For this recipe you’ll need: a splash of dry vermouth 2 ounces cold gin lemon peel or martini olives for garnish Pour a splash […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]