Aoife cocktail

Aoife cocktail

We have a new kitten named Aoife. I may never sleep in late again. I cannot brain a clever cocktail name, but this is very tasty.

1 1/2 oz gin
1 oz unsweetened cranberry juice
1 oz sour cherry juice
1/2 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz simple syrup


Tootsie-Frootsie Sipper

Tootsie-Frootsie Sipper (June 9, 2013)

2 oz gin
2 oz pineapple juice
1 oz orange juice
1 oz cranberry juice (plus 1 oz simple syrup if unsweetened)

Shake well over ice and strain into large stemmed glass. Add ice cubes. Charge with club soda. Stir gently to combine.

Upper Canada Cocktail

Upper Canada Cocktail (May 26, 2013)

1 1/2 oz Bombay Sapphire gin
1 oz pineapple juice
1 oz unsweetened fresh cranberry juice (available at farmers markets – I got mine from Upper Canada Cranberries)
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz Cointreau
Generous dash Fee Brothers lemon bitters

Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Maple Cinnamon Sazerac

Maple Cinnamon Sazerac (April 21, 2013)

Adapted from who adapted theirs from Josh Cole, from a cocktail site that has since been taken over by a fundamentalist Christian church (it has the word “Assembly” in the name).

2 oz Alberta Premium 100% rye whisky
Dash Peychaud’s Bitters
1/4 oz maple liqueur
1/4 oz cinnamon simple syrup
Dash lemon bitters
Absinthe (to line chilled cocktail glass)

Recipe for cinnamon syrup at

Bourbon Alexander

Bourbon Alexander (4:00 DCT version – April 6, 2013)

I thought I was being clever, making a bourbon version of the classic Brandy Alexander. Not only was I far from the first to think of it, it turns out that I was not even the first to think of making it with vanilla ice cream (remembered from an old chef’s trick for making French Toast). As I was sitting down to congratulate myself with a first sip, I came across this article with Jonathan Lundy’s similar version, although I used Amaretto and he used Godiva’s. It just proves it is a good idea to substitute ice cream for heavy cream!

Makes 2

2 oz softened vanilla bean ice cream
2 oz whole milk
2 oz bourbon
1 oz Amaretto

Stir well together to make sure the ice cream has melted. Shake vigourously with ice. Strain into an ice-filled short glass.