Many cocktails call for grenadine, which, it seems, is much more than Red No. 40 and high-fructose corn syrup. It’s pomegranates! Who knew? (The FDA seems not to care.) But more importantly, can we make it at home? Once one finds Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s recipe for grenadine, one can. Morgenthaler’s Grenadine 2 c. fresh pomegranate juice […]

Grandmother’s Lemonade

The hot days of Summer call for a cool drink, shade, and a lazy breeze through the apple trees. If my taste memory serves, this is Grandmother’s Lemonade. 3/4 c. sugar 1 c. lemon juice 2 qt. minus 1 c. water Cover the bottom of a half-gallon glass Tropicana Orange Juice bottle with sugar. Squeeze […]

Harvest Punch

We typically host Christmas Day dinner at our house, after my brother-in-law and his wife host the Feast of the Seven Fishes at his. Christmas Day is a more subdued affair, with fewer guests, and more flexibility in the menu. This year we had turkey, and this year I thought I’d serve a punch. Finding […]

Egg Nog

Mr. Boston’s Official Bartender’s and Party Guide (64th Edition) (Warner Books, 1994) has this to say on the subject of egg nog. Eggnog can be made from scratch, but since those recipes use raw eggs, which may carry the risk of salmonella poisoning, only recipes using commercially prepared eggnog are included here. And so they […]

A Martini

The Martini that most folks know, if they order a Martini in a bar, is between six and nine ounces of chilled vodka or gin, perhaps with the glass washed with vermouth. (Great! Three drinks for the price of one!) And depending on the vermouth being used this is perhaps a reasonable caution. However, it’s […]

The Cosmopolitan

Girlfriend, I present for your classy enjoyment the Cosmopolitan. Or, rather, a variation thereof since I don’t stock citrus vodka. The Cosmopolitan 1 1/2 oz. vodka 1 oz. triple sec 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice 1/4 oz. cranberry juice 1 lime wedge, for garnish Shake well, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with […]

Honey Lime Toddy

We are fresh out of lemons, so I made a hot toddy this afternoon using my standard recipe but substituting lime for the lemon. Honey Lime Toddy 1 oz. honey 1 oz. lime juice 1 oz. bourbon 6 oz. boiling water Build in a mug. Stir the honey, lemon, and whiskey and a splash of […]