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Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in infused | 0 comments

  Cranberry is a favorite Thanksgiving flavor. So is cinnamon. Ever thought of trying them together? In a cocktail? A classic Cosmopolitan takes on a distinct late autumn feel when the lime is omitted in favor of a stick of aromatic bark. This is a pitcher-friendly cocktail that your holiday guests will enjoy sipping on while the turkey is roasting; just be sure each glass gets its own cinnamon swizzle stick! Instead of plain vodka and triple sec, I think orange- or other citrus-infused vodkas make a better Cosmo. For a subtle citrus flavor, use Absolut Citron or equivalent. For a more noticeable orange flavor, use Absolut Mandarin. Both...

sage screwdriver

Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 in muddled | 0 comments

  The simplicity of the classic screwdriver is appealing, but I’ve always found it to be a tad harsh and slightly one-dimensional. With a couple of carefully selected aromatics, however, this drink takes on a pleasing, almost velvety – kinda like the sage leaf itself – flavor. Sage has been used since ancient times for warding off evil and a plethora of other maladies. Its unique flavor has countless culinary uses, including cocktails, and it – along with freshly ground nutmeg – turns this cocktail into a lovely autumn beverage. Another addition to this version of the screwdriver is Angostura bitters. Contrary to what the name implies, bitters are not at all...


Posted by on Aug 31, 2013 in shaken | 0 comments

  A refreshing Midwestern twist on a timeless drink, the Ohio-rita features Columbus-based Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. This cocktail was developed specifically for the Patrón Cocktail Lab – Regional Pride Contest. Voting runs from August 31 – September 13 (click on “browse & vote”), so please check it out and vote for our creamy concoction that’s part cocktail, part dessert! Jeni prides herself on using locally and regionally sourced organic ingredients to produce her nationally renowned ice creams. Known for her innovative combinations, Jeni takes a standard lime frozen yogurt and adds a spicy note of cardamom in her summer specialty, Lime Cardamom Frozen Yogurt (available online and in...

oranjack and coke

Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in shaken | 0 comments

  Jack and Coke is a classic combination. It’s an easy go-to cocktail when you’re at a bar and don’t want to have to think too much or peruse a six-page cocktail menu. It’s simple. And it’s very tasty. But it’s a little… boring. I was staring at a half-full bottle of Mexican Coke (leftover from my mexican mexican coke experiment) and wondered what I could do with it. I opened the liquor cabinet, and the Jack Daniel’s jumped out at me. Okay, nice. But what else? How could I brighten this standard beverage and make it more interesting? I started looking around the kitchen, and that’s when I saw it....

miami mimosa

Posted by on Aug 18, 2013 in muddled | 0 comments

  Orange juice is underutilized as a cocktail ingredient, in my opinion. The screwdriver and mimosa are appealing in their simplicity, but there are many other uses for this breakfast beverage. In my miami mimosa, I have replaced with champagne with citrus-infused rum, and fresh muddled cilantro adds a bright floral note that makes it a great cocktail any time of the day. The name gives a nod to the Florida state fruit, as well as the Latin flavors that make this classy cocktail much more than a mere mimosa. I understand some people don’t like cilantro, and there is evidence to suggest there is a genetic defect –...

tomodka sipping shot

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in muddled | 0 comments

  The cocktail potential of tomatoes goes far beyond the Bloody Mary. This is good news for those of us who love tomatoes but don’t care for that particular beverage. It’s August, and a wide variety of cherry tomatoes are in season (maybe even in your own backyard!). Looking across our seven giant tomato monster plants, I decided it was time to experiment a little with this sweet summer staple that I just can’t get enough of. I hope you tried my mexican mexican coke recipe. And I hope that you trusted me when I said that if you purchased the Absolut Cilantro it called for, I would make it worth...