The Friday Cocktail Hour: The Derby

The Friday Cocktail Hour: The Derby

Yes, it’s that time again—another eventful week has passed, and boy do we need a cocktail! Herewith, The Derby, a complex bourbon-lime sour, balanced with sweet vermouth and orange liqueur. I’ve played with proportions here, adding a little more vermouth...
Friday Cocktail Hour: The Palmetto

Friday Cocktail Hour: The Palmetto

FCH: The Palmetto Happy Friday, all! Yes, it’s been another week and I’m back with a simple but little discussed, eminently worthy cocktail. As I’ve noted before regarding the Gimlet and the Daiquiri, the Negroni and Boulevardier, with most of the...
Friday Cocktail Hour: The Blind Melon

Friday Cocktail Hour: The Blind Melon

Video by Katherine Guanche. Last week’s cocktail featured mint simple syrup. For today’s cocktail, I’ve made a fruit puree, canteloupe infused with rosemary, that stands in for the simple syrup. The subject came up during a pre-zoom interview for A...
Friday Cocktail Hour: The Mojito

Friday Cocktail Hour: The Mojito

All summer, resident videographer, Katherine Guanche, has been asking for a Mojito. Having grown up in Miami with Cuban-born parents, she naturally craves this venerable Cuban cocktail, tart sweet and refreshing. I, on the other hand, waited, waited all summer to make...
Friday Cocktail Hour: The Beachcomber

Friday Cocktail Hour: The Beachcomber

Yes, it’s Friday again! Another week of the pandemic, another week of political convention, and it is time for a serious cocktail. Strong! Complex! Well-balanced! Delicious. And I herewith offer an uncommon cocktail, rum-based because I’m still at the...
The Perfect Gin and Tonic (Again)

The Perfect Gin and Tonic (Again)

Video by Katherine Guanche. Katherine, Sam and I made this video in May looking forward to summer while in quarantine. Now it’s the middle of August, we’ve found a rental in a lovely, quiet, untrammeled patch of Massachusetts, on a river near a beach, and...
Friday Cocktail Hour: The Mai Tai

Friday Cocktail Hour: The Mai Tai

Video by Katherine Guanche This may be one of the more bastardized cocktails served today, filled with syrups and fruit juices. As Tiki aficionados will tell you, though, a Mai Tai contains neither. And it’s one of the best cocktails out there. At its base, a...
Friday Cocktail Hour: The Bee’s Knees!

Friday Cocktail Hour: The Bee’s Knees!

Video by Katherine Guanche Due to technical difficulties (sometimes referred to as vacation), I failed to post the Friday Cocktail on Friday! Better late than never I hope. The Bee’s Knees is a prohibition era cocktail, by some accounts created as a way to mask...
FCH: The Rosemary Gimlet

FCH: The Rosemary Gimlet

video by Katherine Guanche Today’s Friday Cocktail Hour features a variation on a most excellent sour, thanks to the protean David Lebovitz, a poem by Matthew Dickman, how to make an infused simple syrup, and the three most important words in the English...
FCH: The Rye Old-Fashioned

FCH: The Rye Old-Fashioned

The last time I heard someone order an old-fashioned on screen was Don Draper on “Mad Men.” The last time I heard it ordered in person, it was by my step-son Sam, his cocktail request for his 27th birthday-in-quarantine. A birthday deserved a commensurate...