Day 87: Pete’s Word

  • 1 oz Islay scotch
  • 1 oz green chartreuse
  • 1 oz maraschino liqueur
  • 1 oz lime juice

…Huh. This one I found while randomly flipping open the Death & Co book. Since the Last Word is probably my current favorite cocktail I knew immediately I wanted to try it. Unfortunately I think using an Islay overpowers just about everything else. Maybe if I had more of a taste for Islays my opinion would be different.

Day 71: Green Like a Fox

  • 3/4 oz blanco tequila
  • 3/4 oz pisco
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 green chartreuse
  • 1/2 oz agave syrup
  • 1/4 oz maraschino

Occasionally I like to try making something with a liquor I haven’t used in a while. This time I stuck my head into the cabinet and saw the bottle of Pisco.

This cocktail reminds me a lot of a Last Word, but the Pisco and tequila give it a slightly smoky flavor. Very easy drinking.

Day 66: Aperol Lemonade

  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz Aperol
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz lime juice
  • top with Sprite

Today I hosted a tea party, and several people ended up staying later for drinks. A girlfriend of mine is a big fan of vodka, so I found this recipe for her. She liked it so much she requested a second one later! I had a sip to test it, it was not as sweet as you would expect. The Aperol gives it a bit more of a grown-up taste than a typical vodka drink.

Day 64: Margarita

  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz orange curaçao
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • barspoon agave nectar

Tomorrow at work we’re doing a salsa/guacamole/margarita “contest”. (Basically, we’re all going to win, because we get to have salsa/guacamole/margaritas.) I volunteered to make margaritas (obviously), so I wanted to make a test drink tonight. I already took the bottle of Cointreau in to work today, since I commute by transit and bike and carry a backpack and didn’t want too many bottles in my bag at once. So I made this one with curaçao instead. I really liked this a lot! I even enjoyed the salt rim (I never use salt rims). I hope the Cointreau tomorrow makes them even better.

Day 61: Corn & Oil

  • 2 1/2 oz rum
  • 1/2 oz Falernum
  • 4 dashes Angostura
  • squeeze of lime

Today William and I went to the grand opening of Isla, a new rum and tiki bar by the Péché team. I’ve been waiting for this bar to open for several months and was very excited! I was pretty much immediately in love with the place. Among the cocktails we tried was this one. It’s a great rum drink if you usually drink your rum on the rocks. The Falernum gives it some interesting sweetness and the little bit of lime gives it a fresh bite. I think this will likely be in heavy rotation at home.

Day 51: Last Word

  • 1 oz gin
  • 1 oz maraschino liqueur
  • 1 oz green chartreuse
  • 1 oz lime juice

William’s been bugging me to make a Last Word for a while, since he thought I would like it. Problem is that I didn’t have any chartreuse anymore. Many years ago I had a bottle that lived in my cupboard and never got any use, until I finally gave it away. I grabbed a bottle on the last liquor store run. Turns out that it works super well in cocktails if you make anything that’s more than two ingredients.


Day 50: Planet of the Apes

  • 1 oz dark Jamaican rum
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 3/4 oz crème de banana
  • 1/2 oz 151 rum
  • 1/2 oz lime juice

Any cocktail with crème de banana used to get the side-eye from me, but I think I’m starting to come around. This is not obnoxiously banana flavored. It’s fairly smooth, and smells more like banana than it tastes.