Hot Apple Pie (Tuaca Liqueur)

Build in a glass mug or regular coffee mug

2 oz Tuaca Liqueur

Fill with hot apple cider

Top with whipped cream

Garnish with a cinnamin stick


Lemon Drop (Gin)

Shaken vigorously on ice and strained into a Martini Glass

2 oz. Gin (I prefer Hayman's Old Tom Gin for this drink)

1/2 Lemon (freshly juiced)

1/2 oz. Simple Syrup

Garnish: Float a thin slice of Lemon on top.

You could also add:

1/4 oz. Creme de Framboise (Raspberry liqueur - I like Mathilde brand) poured slowly on top of the lemon.


Simple Syrup (Mixer)

1/2 cup sugar (I like Turbino but plain sugar is fine)

1/2 cup water (boiled)

Mix water and sugar in a pan. Slowly heat until sugar is completely dissolved. Let cool. Makes enough for a while if just for home use. Put into a squirt bottle for ease of use. This can also be used for cooking and sweetening a wide variety of beverages.


Sidecar (Cognac)

Shake vigorously on ice and strain into a Martini Glass

2 oz. Cognac (Remy Martin VSOP or another VSOP Cognac)

1/2 Lemon (freshly juiced)

3/4 oz. Cointreau


Gin & Tonic (Gin)

1.5 oz Gin (I like Hendrick's or Plymouth)

Pour into a tall tumbler of ice and fill with:

Tonic Water (A must to have a very high quality Tonic Water preferrably British-made. Fever Tree makes a very good one)

Garnish: Wedge of Lemon (Lime is OK too)


Margarita (Tequila)

Shake vigorously on ice and either strain into a cocktail glass or pour over rocks in a larger glass

1.5 oz. Tequila (I like Sauza Gold Tequila because it is 100% Agave and actually gets its color from aging in oak barrels)

1 Lime (freshly juiced)

3/4 oz. Cointreau or Grand Marnier

You may want to add slash of simple syrup if you want it sweeter.

Garnish: Rim edge of glass with Kosher salt and add wedge of lime


Manhattan Cocktail (Rye or Bourbon Wiskey)

Build in a shaker of ice in the following order and stir with a bar spoon:

Splash of Orange Bitters (Reagan's Orange Bitters is the best)

2 oz. Rye or Bourbon Wiskey (If Rye, I like the Rittenhouse. If Bourbon, I like Maker's Mark)

1/2 oz. Sweet Vermouth (I think that Italian is best for this cocktail like Martini & Rossi)

Garnish: Cherry (You have to try Luxardo Italian Maraschinos. Yes, they are expensive but are well worth it.


Pimm's Cup (summer drink-English-try with watching the Olympics in London 2012)

Build into a Collins Glass with ice:

2 oz. Pimm's No. 1 Liqueur

3 oz Lemonade or substitute Sprite or Ginger Ale

Garnish: Lemon Twist and Long Slice of Cucumber