Fruity, light, well-balanced and easy-drinking.
Citrusy fresh and herbaceous, particularly caraway from the Kummel, with tequila providing the backbone.
You've almost certainly enjoyed the modern classic that is the Espresso Martini but switch the base spirit from vodka to aged grappa and you've an even
Lightly or well-aged rum invigorated with dry champagne, freshened by a touch of lime and balanced by honeyed richness. Described by some as being a rum-based
A riff on Sam Ross' Paper Plane this makes for a delicious aperitivo. I like to add 2 drops saline solution.
This short, sharp cocktail is best described as a Banana & Fino Sherry Gin Sour. The fino and banana notes are subtle, so subtle that it is not obviously
This subtly mandarin orange-influenced Sweet Manhattan is made drier and all the more complex, not by dashes of bitters, but by a slug of Italian amaro.
If you like Sidecars then you'll love the Frank Sullivan. Just on the tart side with a touch of quinine bitterness which makes sipping through a sugar-crusted
Dry sparkling wine dilutes and adds pleasing biscuity notes to this apricot gin sour.
Mouth-puckeringly dry, this is a great aperitivo with quinine, fino sherry, gin botanicals and citrus all singing harmoniously.
Manzanilla sherry contributes dry, delicate minerally salty notes to this mezcal-forward aperitivo.
Dry and gin laced with subtle notes of chocolate, dry vermouth and lemon.
Medium-dry, herbal, fruity, refreshing and delightfully different. Best served as an aperitivo.
I've used a 50/50 mix of dry and bianco vermouths to add some (I believe) much-needed honeyed richness to the all-dry vermouth vintage recipe. Depending
Tastes boozy but this aperitivo/digestivo is relatively light in alcohol.
A refreshing, minty, light cocktail with herbal complexity.
Irish whiskey is often matured in oloroso sherry seasoned casks so it's no surprise that whiskey and sherry blend harmoniously in this cocktail, with lemon
I also tried this fruity vodka-based aperitivo with orange curaçao but it works better with triple sec.
Tequila-based, zesty and bitter before turning bittersweet. In March 2022, I cut the volume of gentian liqueur from 15ml (½oz) back to 7.5ml (¼oz) so
Best described as A vodka daiquiri with a hint of herbal peppermint courtesy of Galliano.
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