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Friday Cocktail: Bijou

Enjoy a jewel of a cocktail this Friday with the elegant Bijou! The Bijou is a classic cocktail dating back to the 1890s. Professional bartender Harry Johnson is credited with the drink’s creation which is French for “jewel.” Apparently, the colors of the ingredients reminded Harry of jewels: gin (diamond), sweet vermouth (ruby), and green… Read More ›

Friday Cocktail: Barbary Coast

This Friday, experience the Barbary Coast in a glass. The Barbary Coast was the European term used from the 16th to 19th centuries for the coastal stretch of Northern Africa from present day Morocco to Libya. Barbary corsairs sailed the Mediterranean Sea during this period plundering merchant ships and raiding coastal towns. A tumultuous history… Read More ›

Friday Cocktail: the Mint Julep

Kick off the summer this Friday with the classic Mint Julep! Best enjoyed while dining al fresco or on a porch on a hot summer evening, the mint julep has a long history. This classic cocktail originated in the southern United States during the late 18th century. Traditionally it was served up in a silver… Read More ›

Friday Cocktail

Time for some monkey business for this Friday cocktail; try The Monkey Gland. It may sound unappealing, but the drink is actually rather enjoyable with its citrus-y flavor and hint of something more. That something more would be Absinthe. Seemingly the popular drink of choice for artists, poets, and writers of Jazz Age and earlier… Read More ›

Cocktail Special

‘Tis time for a cocktail, and what better choice than one called The Dubliner ? The Dubliner is only a couple decades old. As is the case with many cocktails debuting in that time-frame,  several drinks share the name, but the most commonly found recipe is the one below which was created in the late… Read More ›

Friday Cocktail

Dress it up this Friday with a Tuxedo cocktail! The Tuxedo (no. 2) cocktail dates back to the classic pre-Prohibition cocktail period. In fact, it would most likely have been created before 1912 since that’s the year absinthe was banned in the United States, following bans in several European countries. Fast forward one hundred years… Read More ›

Friday Cocktail

Have a treat this Friday with a Banana Split cocktail! This is one of those modern cocktail creations that tries to mimic the flavor of something familiar, typically a dessert or candy. Previously I featured the Chocolate-Covered Cherry (or Cherry Cordial) cocktail which I’d first encountered at a former Toronto restaurant. This Friday’s cocktail is… Read More ›

Friday Cocktail

Celebrate summer with the colorful Flamingo cocktail! The Flamingo cocktail dates back to at least the mid-1960s, appearing in the 1966 paperback edition of The Diner’s Club Drink Book. The book lists a copyright of 1961 for the original hardcover edition. There are several variations of this cocktail using either rum or vodka (or both!),… Read More ›

Friday Cocktail

It may be the most famous riddle of them all: “What being, with only one voice, has sometimes two feet, sometimes three, sometimes four, and is weakest when it has the most?” Celebrate the answer and the mystery of life with the Sphinx cocktail! Oedipus famously vanquished the Sphinx of legend with the answer to… Read More ›

Friday Cocktail

St. Patrick’s Day on a Friday? The perfect time for a cocktail. And though it’s not green, a Black and Red cocktail is a quick and easy drink to serve up to toast the holiday (and the after 5:00pm hour). The Black and Red is a variation of a Manhattan with the key difference being… Read More ›

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