Death and Taxes Cocktail


In Canada the tax deadline is April 30, and I did mine today. Thus this drink, which is a variation on a cocktail called The Taxman. I added the other “certainty” in the form of Death’s Door gin.

  • 2 oz Death’s Door gin
  • 2 oz sour cherry juice (jus de griottes)
  • 1/4 oz dry vermouth
  • 1/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1/8 oz blood orange bitters

Mixology Monday: Griotte Shim


Cocktails have a specific language and nomenclature – there are flips, sours, fizzes, collinses, and many more. But oddly, up until recently, there was no common name for the fairly large group of low- alcohol cocktails – those made with 1/2 ounce or less of a strong spirit (40% alcohol by volume). Dinah of the blog has righted this wrong by coming up with THE perfect name for low alcohol cocktails: she calls them “shims”, because they “keep you level”! She is hosting this month’s Mixology Monday and chose this topic, not entirely coincidentally, because shims are the subject of her new book, which I plan to add to my cocktail book collection very soon. For MXMO I decided to look no further than the contents of my fridge to come up with a refreshing and tasty shim of my own.

Griotte Shim

2 oz chilled sour cherry juice (jus de griottes) – should be readily available in Middle Eastern grocery stores
1 oz chilled dry vermouth

Pour juice and vermouth into a champagne flute and top with chilled sparkling water.

Here is the round-up of all the MXMO shims! blog

Mixology Monday


Dutch Redhead


My late mom, who passed away on this date in 2002, was a Dutch war bride with what she called “fire engine red” hair. She lived in Canada far longer than she lived in the Netherlands, but retained a distinctive accent and a way of mangling words that we affectionately called “Dinglish.” What was normal and good about my upbringing was due to her. I miss her lots.

1 1/2 oz young Genever gin
2 oz sour cherry juice
1/2 oz Cointreau
Generous dash of lemon bitters