Tipple Tuesday: Calvados Sidecar

Tipple Tuesday: Calvados Sidecar

If your holiday festivities include alcohol, consider putting a lighter drink in the rotation to refresh your palate from all the heavy bourbon, egg nog, and dark rum drinks. I suggest a variation on the Sidecar made with Calvados, a French apple brandy made up in Normandy with the same care as their southern neighbors make cognac. The sweet calvados and Cointreau mixed with the tart citrus bite of the lemon juice make the Calvados Sidecar a lively cocktail that will lighten your holiday spirits. Save this recipe card to…

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Tipple Tuesday: It’s Negroni Week!

Tipple Tuesday: It’s Negroni Week!

Let's get right to business: Equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. Make it even better with orange bitters and an orange peel. If the bitterness of the classic Negroni isn't your thing, use Lillet Blanc instead of Campari to make a French Negroni. June 6-12 is Negroni Week, a time to sip one of the best cocktails we can imagine and support some great charities. Save these recipe cards to your iPhone and import them into the free Highball app.   The simple recipe is easy to remember, easy to…

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Tipple Tuesday: French Negroni

Tipple Tuesday: French Negroni

Regular readers know how much I love the classic Negroni. That wonderfully bitter flavor profile from the Campari isn't for everyone, though. If you prefer something sweeter that still has a lot of complexity, the French Negroni might be the drink for you. The French Negroni subs Lillet for the Campari in the original recipe. This adds a sweeter floral flavor to the drink. I learned about the French Negroni from the Speaking Easy Podcast (which you should definitely listen to): It's a Lillet and Chill kinda night. Even if…

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Tipple Tuesday: Orchard Boulevardier

Tipple Tuesday: Orchard Boulevardier

Here is a drink for your next bonfire or fall outing. Not only does apple cider make this drink festive, but it includes Campari (which if you are a regular reader, you know I love), spicy rye, and a good vermouth. It also scales well. You can easily make a large batch for your next party. Credit for this recipe goes to Serious Eats. I merely scaled it for one, made it, and took photos of it. Orchard Boulevardier 3 oz Apple Cider 1 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey 3/4 oz…

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Tipple Tuesday: Rye Old Fashioned

Tipple Tuesday: Rye Old Fashioned

Fall has arrived here in NY. With a cool breeze coming through the window as I write this, I can't think of anything more fitting to imbibe than a rye old fashioned. There are more variations of this drink than there are grains of sugar in it, but here is my favorite: Rye Old Fashioned 2 oz Rye whiskey 1/4 oz simple syrup 3 dashes of orange bitters 1 homemade maraschino cherry 1 orange peel 1 large ice cube (I use this mold and this kit.) Combine the simple syrup, bitters,…

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Tipple Tuesday: Negroni

Tipple Tuesday: Negroni

In my opinion, the king of all summer drinks is the Negroni, which is said to have been born in 1919 when Count Camillo Negroni asked the bartender at Caffe Casoni to replace the club soda in an Americano with gin. The result is boozy, bitter, and wonderful. The simple equal-parts recipe of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth is a great base for young cocktail artisans to experiment with. Here are some ideas: Add a few couple of dashes of orange bitters (my preferred recipe) Try different gins Swap Aperol for…

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Tipple Tuesday: Campari Soda

Tipple Tuesday: Campari Soda

During the hot days at the end of summer, my go-to liqueur is Campari, a potable bitter aperitif made from bitter herbs, aromatic plants, and fruit. It is bright red and deliciously bitter, which is much more refreshing in the hot sun than sweet, sugary drinks. I'm sharing two Campari drinks this week and three next week. Campari Soda is one of the simplest Campari cocktails to make. Mix 2oz of Campari with soda and ice in a highball glass, then garnish with a lemon. Since its alcohol content is only 24%, once mixed…

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