One bottle one drink: Arsenic & Old Lace

If you are a cocktail blogger and spirits enthusiast, chances are high that over time a large number of bottles gather on your shelves. This is why I decided to start mixing classic and modern cocktails using one bottle after the other in my spirits cabinet. I am going to start at the top left corner and (hopefully) finish in the lower right. First off, I will start with a rather unusual Absinthe cocktail. Read more

Boulevardier Sbagliato – Baker’s Bourbon Aged 7 Years

Keeping the topic of Negroni style drinks for another week, we are looking at a slightly altered Boulevardier recipe. Ok, basically I changed every ingredient except the bourbon. However, since the Negroni Sbagliato is a legit cousin of the Negroni, I thought I could extrapolate its principle onto the Boulevardier. Of course, I am not the first one who came up with this idea, but I think my variation has more in common with the original idea of carbonating the original cocktail. Read more

White Williams Negroni – Luxardo Bitter Bianco

This is another drink that is part of my on-going obsession with the Negroni cocktail. Especially, the White Negroni has won me over completely. So, when I had the chance to try another white bitter liqueur, the Luxardo Bitter Bianco, I just had to make a riff on this modern classic! So, let us see how this new Amaro fairs in cocktails! Read more

After The Flowers – Citadelle Extrême N°2 Wild Blossom Gin

After the long history of Citadelle Gin here at Augustine-Bar, I want to present to you their newest bottling! The second version of the Citadelle Extrême series from French producer Pierre Ferrand again comes in a beautiful design. However, what really matters are the inner values! So let us see if the Wild Blossom Gin can keep up with the expectations set by the No Mistake Old Tom Gin! Read more

Plantation Coffee – Plantation Guatemala & Bélize

Finally, towards the end of this year’s Tiki month there is some rum! However, instead of creating a completely new recipe, I decided to recycle one of my oldest creations, the Plantation Coffee. In the original article I suggested a mix of white Cuban rum and Jamaican rum. Yet, going back to the real roots of this cocktail I changed the rums to a blended white rum and one from Guatemala. Read more

Indecision – Mancino Vermouth

Three weeks into the Tiki month and still no rum! I know it sounds like I am doing this on purpose, but I promise you it is just a coincident, that all the drinks I came up with this year use other ingredients besides rum! This time we will ponder over the question if there can be a “light” Tiki drink? For me the answer clearly is yes, but does a drink which prominently features vermouth as its main ingredient, still have that Tiki vibe? Read more

Palms – Palms Arrak

Keeping the non-rum-theme for another week during Tiki month, I am presenting to you the Palms cocktail using – Palms Arrak. What might seem like an uninspired cocktail name, actually is another one of my musical references. Apart from that, you also have to keep in mind, that we are not talking about a Batavia Arrak here, but an Arrak made from palm sap. Read more

Bavarian Zombie – The Duke Rough Gin

For the start of this years Tiki Month I picked up the not-a-rum-drink-theme from the Winchester. However, instead of just replicating the Gin Zombie recipe, I decided to use typical Bavarian ingredients to create a new drink. I ended up with a combination of gin, Korn and pear eau de vie. Of course, the drink had to be served in a characteristic mug! Read more

Dark Four Door – Pierre Ferrand Réserve

Even though cognac is a classic cocktail ingredient, it gets side-lined by other more famous spirits most of the time! When you do find a recipe calling for it, most of the times it uses V.S. or V.S.O.P cognacs. However, cocktails using older cognacs are very rare! Spontaneously I can only think of two the Truffle Sazerac and the Desmo cocktail. This is why I decided to create my own version of an aged cognac drink. Read more