Dirty Martini (January 15, 2022)

Two dirty martinis sit on a wooden countertop.

Hey, if the pandemic is still happening, we’re still drinking dirty martinis! We’ve been using some of our holiday gifts, and we’re thankful for all of our fans who have sent over garnishes, spirits, coasters, recipes, jokes, dog toys and more! Today, we were checking in on a new, local spirit, Rainier Gin. You may…


Bright red festive cocktails garnished with orange slices sit on a holiday table.

Little Christmas Growing up, we always celebrated Little Christmas as well as Christmas. I don’t recall knowing anyone else who did, so here’s a little context if you’d like it: Little Christmas, also known as Epiphany, Three Kings Day and other names, is January 6 on the calendar. This is officially the twelfth day of…

Dairy Barn

Pabu gazes patiently at The Dairy Barn cocktail on the counter.

More rotten hard-boiled eggs! I don’t know why that’s happened to us again, but it’s good news for Pabu! One of the eggs and some milk went in the blender, which is one of Pabu’s favorite things now. He used to run outside because of the noise, but now he comes running toward the kitchen…

Manic Monday

Pabu the dog stares down the Manic Monday dog cocktail.

Indoor Dining! Elizabeth and I went out to a restaurant for dinner. This is something we used to enjoy pre-pandemic, but we’ve cut out indoor dining for many months now. Although this wasn’t the very first time either of us had been inside a restaurant, it’s new enough that we still feel out of practice….

The Fireside Chat

Two sherry glasses garnished with cherries sit on a brick hearth in front of a fire.

It was a dark and stormy night. Yes, yes, it’s autumn in Seattle; there are many dark, rainy nights these days! On this particular Friday night, your favorite bartenders decided to have an after-dinner cocktail in front of a cozy fire. Elizabeth created this elegant surprise and had me guess at what was in it….

Lychee Martini

Two Lychee Martinis by the window are a bright contrast to a dark evening.

Folks, we had quite a few lychees left over from our Halloween eyeball garnishes and I knew just what to do with them: lychee martinis! When I lived in Boston, I used to have the smoothest, most delicious lychee martinis. I didn’t know how or if I could recreate them, but it was worth a…

The Impostor

Pabu the dog eyes two Imposter drinks in malt glasses, garnished with ice cream, cookies and straws.

Remember the non-alcoholic version of the Candy Corn? I made a simple syrup out of boiling candy corn candy in water. It was a beautiful orange color, but I made a little too much. That was the theme of Halloween this year at Pandemic Pub; we made new cocktails with our novelty Halloween leftovers with…

Día de los Muertos

The Día de los Muertos is bright and beautiful with a rim and a lime garnish.

Remember the candy corn-infused tequila that I made for the Candy Corn on Halloween? Well, I didn’t mention this before, but I made way too much. The truth is, I forgot I only needed enough tequila to cover the orange layer of the drink. I actually calculated the amount as though it were filling the…

Dirty Martini (November 3, 2021)

A Dirty Martini is garnished with three olives.

Surely our most favorite cocktail, the go-to all year round – the dirty gin martini. Use lots of brine and three olives to garnish. This funky glass was a birthday present from my friend Anne, one of the Pub’s earliest and most enthusiastic supporters. I love it for a martini especially because it has a…

Killer Clown (October 31, 2021)

The Killer Clown mocktail features garnishes that look like bloody eyeballs.

This mocktail is back by popular demand! Last year’s Killer Clown may look a little different, but it’s essentially the same: cider steeped with Hot Tamales candy and garnished with bloody eyeballs. The infusion process took a couple of days, but is very simple. I poured all the candy in a carafe and set it…