October 27, 2017

The Old-Fashioned

Posted in Drinks at 4:45 pm by Sheila OConnell

Adapted from a recipe of Kingsley Amis (favorite author, legendary drinker)

2 or 3 oz bourbon (Buffalo Trace is good for this)
1 tsp sugar
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 slice orange
1 maraschino cherry
1/2 tsp maraschino cherry juice
one large ice cube

Put 1 tsp sugar in the bottom of an old-fashioned glass (or other short fat glass). Saturate with 2 dashes Angostura bitters. Add a little hot water, maybe about 1 tsp, and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add the bourbon and cherry juice and stir furiously. Add the ice cube and stir about 30 seconds until well-chilled. Push the orange slice down into the glass and add the maraschino cherry.

Kingsley says, “You may supply drinking straws if it is that kind of party.”  (His original recipe also calls for 4 oz bourbon, yikes!)


January 3, 2017

Semester Abroad Cocktail

Posted in Drinks at 8:29 pm by Sheila OConnell

A pretty cocktail, variation on the Cape Codder.

1.5 ounces vodka
1.5 ounces cranberry juice
0.5 ounce sweet vermouth
2 or 3 dashes Angostura bitters
lime wedge

Add the vodka, cranberry juice, vermouth and bitters to an ice-filled Old-Fashioned glass.  Squeeze in the lime juice and add the lime wedge.  Stir gently and serve.


June 29, 2010

Gin-Gin Mule

Posted in Drinks at 4:34 pm by Sheila OConnell

My new favorite drink…

Ingredients (makes 2 servings):

  • 2 oz simple syrup
  • 1.5 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1.5 oz gin
  • 1 oz ginger beer
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint
  • candied ginger

Measure juice, syrup, and mint into a mixing glass. Muddle well to extract mint flavor. Add beer, gin, and ice. Garnish with mint or candied ginger.

To make the simple syrup: Mix equal parts water and sugar in a bottle. Close lid and shake well. Let settle and repeat until sugar is dissolved and syrup clear.

Posted by Sophie