Friday, June 13, 2008

The To-Do List

Now that most of my classmates have left town for the summer, I feel that I have been granted a reprieve from endless cans of Natty Light and Bud Light and now have an opportunity to explore my cocktail options. I have been keeping a list of drinks that I would like to try that I would like to share with you; any tips or notes on these drinks would be appreciated.


  • 1/2 Sweet Vermouth
  • 1/2 Campari
  • splash of club soda
  • Garnish: orange slice

Pour over ice into a collins glass.


  • One part cognac
  • One part orange liqueur
  • One part lemon juice

The Vesper- many will recognize this as James Bond's cocktail from the novels, as well as in Casino Royale

  • 3 measures of Gordon’s gin
  • 1 measure of vodka
  • 1/2 a measure of Lillet

Shake until ice cold and serve in a deep champagne goblet with a large thin slice of lemon peel

Brown Derby- recipe from this blog
  • 1 1/2 oz. bourbon
  • 3/4 oz. grapefruit juice (not ruby red)
  • 1 tsp. good honey
Lillet with soda and orange slice- not so much a cocktail, but a way to enjoy Lillet, which is already delicious

Brandy Alexander- perhaps out of season, but inspired by the Feist song of the same name
  • 1 1/2 oz Brandy
  • 1 oz Dark Crème de Cacao
  • 1 oz Half-and-half or Heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp grated Nutmeg
I think I've got a lot of work ahead of me...


Anonymous said...

Trip, I quit drinking about 3 months ago, which I don't suggest you contemplate until at least middle age. Anyway, what I'm missing is summer G&Ts. A most agreeable drink.

Tucker said...

Trip, you might also like to mix a Negroni, which is similar to the Americano but with gin...

Equal parts of gin, sweet vermouth and Campari. Garnish with an orange peel.

trip said...

Gin is never a bad choice, duly noted.