Epiphany

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…

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….

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…

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…

Candy Corn (October 31, 2021)

The Candy Corn cocktail is garnished with candy corns to look like a crown.

Back by Popular Demand! Like the Killer Clown, I made this Halloween cocktail last year for a party, and was asked to reprise it. Desired Improvements I wanted to improve on last year, though. My first area to focus on was trying to create a better separation between the orange and yellow layers, so that…

Flor de Sevilla Gin and Tonic

The Flor de Sevilla Gin and Tonic has a slight orange color.

Pandemic Pub here – coming to you from the road, with masks on! With the hot weather here in California, we’ve been making the most of tropical drinks like our family of Mai Tais. By adding one ingredient, and one word, to the cocktail every night, we’ve created an empire. Today, we decided to switch…

Pooch Punch on the Porch

Bruno and Whiskey separately drink their dog cocktails!

This road trip has allowed the Pandemic Pub to bring cocktails to more dogs! We love it! Here are Bruno and Whiskey, who have been friends of the Pandemic Pub from way back. I’m delighted to finally make them an original Pandemic Pub cocktail. Mark, their dad, advised about their palate and preferences, and together…