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…

Jamie’s New Job

Jamie's New Job looks like a glass of soda but is a Kahlúa cocktail with an orange slice garnish.

The Story This is a red-letter day, folks! Long story short, my friend Jamie has been working super-hard to learn some important new skills. Her diligence paid off and she accepted an amazing job offer. Today our Zoom group, which has been meeting every week since long before the pandemic, was able to toast Jamie’s…

Spicy Mint Avocado Margarita

Three Spicy Mint Avocado Margaritas sit on a windowsill in the sun.

Too many margaritas? We had a lot of tequila and an almost unseemly amount of limes. (Or was it the other way around?) The only thing to do is make margaritas! I don’t know if you can have too many margaritas (don’t answer that) but I was in the mood for a variation on this…

Lemony Snicket

The Lemony Snicket is served in a martini glass with a lime garnish.

This cocktail was summer and very lemony, but almost to the point of making your mouth pucker. Elizabeth really likes a citrusy drink, and I love lemons, but this may have been perhaps a little too lemon-forward. I made it myself and felt some pressure to not waste the limoncello, which was a gift, or…

Citrus Rosemary Afternoon

The Citrus Rosemary Afternoon is a yellow cocktail in a martini glass, garnished with a lemon slice.

In the middle of a family visit, Elizabeth and I happened to have a free afternoon. We settled on the front porch with this delicious, summery cocktail. We chose Limoncello because it felt like summer and Elizabeth added to it from there. She added some vodka (a gift to the Pub!) and lemon juice, her…

The Cal Raleigh

The Cal Raleigh is a Southern Comfort drink that is best drunk outside on a summery baseball day.

One of my friends from junior high and high school (the accomplished author Mark A. Henry), knowing my love of baseball, texted me to say that his cousin’s son plays baseball for our local minor league team, The Tacoma Rainiers, and would I like to go to a game sometime? Yes, please!!! His cousin’s name…

The Witty Comeback

A Witty Comeback cocktail with a cherry garnish.

The Witty Comeback existed as a “real” cocktail before the pandemic, meaning that we didn’t invent it ourselves. We did take a couple of liberties, though, with the ingredients, so purists, please don’t hate! Since the point of the project (or so we tell ourselves) is to clean out the kitchen, beginning with the liquor…