One thing our readers and followers should know by now is that if you ask for it, we’ll probably deliver. One of our fans, Zach, has been listening since nearly the beginning, and recently asked about my Fall Old Fashioned with Brandied Cherries recipe. So, here it is.
The original recipe for the Trinity Cocktail comes from Savoy Cocktail Book, which has a plethora of classic and obscure cocktail recipes. We really enjoy the Trinity Cocktail and were reminded of it recently while speaking with Alex Boyd of Cocktail Crate for Episode #026. As he mentions in the episode, it is a wonderfully simple cocktail with a surprising depth of flavor.
This cocktail hits you like an open hand to the face on a cold day. It’ll wake you up quick, and knock you back on your butt if you have more than a couple.
This is more a blueprint than a recipe, and the same proportions can be made with other dark spirits (i.e. dark rum, bourbon, or blended whiskey). This is also a great drink to tinker with different brandies, seasonal fruit, and sweeteners.
The Aviation is a classic cocktail made with gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, and lemon juice. Some recipes omit the crème de violette. It is served straight up, in a cocktail glass. Add this classic to your home bar routine. Your friends will thank you.
On the Speaking Easy Podcast, we profess not just a love for fresh ingredients, but that using fresh, real ingredients—citrus juices, minimally processed sugars, and what-not—is what separates a mediocre drink from a great one for the home bartender. Learn to make fresh infused liquors, syrups, and sodas.
At the Speaking Easy Podcast, we love tinkering around with the classic cocktails, making them our own, and sharing them with friends. One of the drinks Alex came to love was a dressed-up Moscow Mule, with some custom lemon-ginger bitters, for which you’ll find the recipe here.
The standard Cosmo is also heavy on Cranberry juice, almost matching the proportion of vodka—I think that is a mistake, but to each his own palate. See how we make it and our spin on the classic, using Bella Mar Spirits Orange Thai Basil vodka.
A variation on the classic Manhattan, a Fanciulli substitutes Fernet for the traditional bitters. This drink is dominated by the vermouth and the Fernet, so it is important to use a strong rye or bourbon as the base.
The Bramble is a descendent of Jerry Thomas’ Gin Fizz, substituting raspberry syrup for blackberry liquour, Crème de Mure. It is the creation of Dick Bradwell while he was bartender at Fred’s Club Soho in London. He was responsible for many popular cocktails and “classics,” including the Espresso Martine, the Treacle, the Wibble, and Russian Spring Punch.