Labnaha cocktail



I have been remiss with this blog, due to personal issues and, amazing to me, an unexpected treat: a trip to Mexico last month, to attend my niece’s wedding. Thanks to her and her husband’s generosity, we had a marvellous week of pampering at a lovely resort on the Riviera Maya, including a catamaran ride, a tour of the Mayan ruins at Tulum, and, most magical of all, a swim in a cenote. This drink reminds me of the amazing colours and tastes of that magical week. “Labna ha” is Mayan for “holy water,” which we were told is sort of a generic way to refer to all cenotes. Swimming in the cenote was easily the most magical thing I have ever done; if you get a chance, please take the plunge (literally and figuratively).

  • 1 1/2 oz tequila (100% agave)
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice, fine strained
  • 1/2 oz orange juice, fine strained
  • 1/4 oz Cointreau
  • 1/4 oz blue Curaçao 
  • 1/2 oz Lillet Blanc

Shake ingredients well over ice and strain into a cocktail glass. 

My Pink Half of the Drainpipe v1


My second attempt at a Bonzo Dog Band inspired cocktail and my first at doing one for this, one of my very favourite Bonzo songs! This is a small layered shooter and quantities of the ingredients will vary based on the size of shooter glass.

Pour blue curaçao into the bottom of the glass. Shake together roughly equal parts cold whipping cream and raspberry syrup in a shaker, then carefully strain over the curaçao (pour down the back of a bar spoon if you have one that fits in your small shooter glass). Drink as a shot (do not sip).

On Some Faraway Beach

On Some Faraway Beach (September 9, 2012)

Named for Blair’s show of new paintings and for the Brian Eno tune.

1 oz Sailor Jerry’s spiced rum
1 oz mango nectar
1/2 oz passionfruit juice
1/2 oz Lillet Blanc
5 drops Peychaud’s bitters

Shake with ice and pour into cocktail glass, then drizzle with 1/2 tsp Blue Curacao and 1/2 tsp real pomegranate grenadine

Vapeur mauve

Vapeur mauve (another bizarre Brenda invention – April 24, 2011)

“Vapeur mauve” is French for “Purple Haze”

2 oz vodka
1/2 oz lemon juice, fine strained
1/2 oz raspberry syrup
1/4 oz blue curaçao
splash lemon bitters (optional)

Groovy, man!