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…

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…

Margarita (September 4, 2021)

A classic margarita is poured over ice - not frozen - and garnished with a lime and salt rim.

This margarita came to me through luck. Elizabeth’s friend Katherine came for a short (micro) visit and they had margaritas while I was busy on a Zoom class. They made enough for three, in case I’d be able to join them, which I’m glad about! But this is the only record of that drink, because…

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…

In the Heat of the Night

In the Heat of the Night is a rimmed cocktail that's pale green and served in a green glass with ice.

This was one spicy cocktail, but it was just what I was looking for! The spice masked a little bitterness from the raspberry liqueur. That raspberry liqueur has proved a little difficult to mix properly because it’s quite strong and bitter. So it seemed smart in this drink, because its compatriots were equally strong, though…

Spicy Margarita

The spicy margarita is served over ice with a rim.

Folks, I wanted to get cute and give this delicious a name like “TJIF” (the J stands for Jalapeño, of course) or something but let’s be honest – it’s just a spicy margarita! Simple and delicious. I’ve been on a spicy drink kick very recently and nothing is simpler for that than tequila and jalapeño,…

Ahab and the Carpenter

The Ahab and the Carpenter is served in a lowball glass, garnished with strawberries and jalapeños.

We meet again, Rosso Vermouth… It was time to make another attempt at a Rosso Vermouth cocktail, because it’s been a while (she said grimly). Elizabeth has declared that I’m on my own with my quest to make a tasty cocktail with that wretched ingredient. I am truly Ahab, and it is my Moby Dick….

Steal His Look

Bernie Sanders, with mask and mittens, sits near Steal His Look cocktails.

Over here at the Pandemic Pub, we can hardly catch our breath, we’re laughing so hard at the Bernie memes. What’s that? Did someone say they’re getting a little tired of seeing Bernie everywhere? Get out of our pub. Really, this is just what we needed, and it’s been nice to laugh, and relax our…

Candy Corn

A martini-style cocktail in three layers: white, yellow, orange, with a candy corn garnish.

The Best Thing About Halloween is Candy Corn Folks, I love candy corn. I don’t care much for Halloween, but I love candy corn like crazy. So when I thought about a Halloween cocktail, it was fairly clear what I needed to do. Many recipes I saw online suggested flavored vodkas, but no thank you….