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…

Gin and Tonic (September 10, 2021)

Two gin and tonics, along with dishes of Indian food on a tablecloth, are viewed from above.

Fall is around the corner. We suspected this might be one of our last chances to enjoy the summery chill of a nice, cold Gin and Tonic. There was tonic water left in the fridge, along with plenty of limes. We thought it would taste delicious with Indian food too, so we went all out….

Gin and Tonic (August 13, 2021)

Gin and tonics on the porch - the classic summertime drink.

What can we say that we haven’t already said about the classic G&T? Great for summer. Familiar. Light and refreshing. Perfect for the porch – go light on the conversation. Enjoyed on August 13, 2021

The Adventures of Huckleberry Vin

This red drink is served in an iced mug on a wooden coaster, with a garden behind it; it looks as hearty as it tastes.

This is another heat wave drink! On a night when I needed to go back to work after dinner while Elizabeth and Max watched a movie, I also needed something ice cold. Elizabeth’s friend Nick gifted us with some homemade huckleberry sipping vinegar. He made several jokes at Hood Canal about a “shrub” and I…

Heat Wave Gin and Tonic

A classic gin and tonic sits on a porch rail, next to a can of tonic water.

Folks, this one gets a fun name, but there’s nothing unusual about this gin and tonic – except for the temperature outside. Seattle had its second major heat wave, but this one was nothing compared to the one last month. Thankfully, we only made it to the mid-90s this time (but that’s still a lot…

Hood Canal Gin and Tonic

The Hood Canal Gin and Tonic adds lemon mint as an ingredient, in addition to the classic limes.

While visiting Elizabeth’s college friends at their place on Hood Canal, on the Olympic Peninsula, we indulged in some gin and tonics. Nick has an extraordinarily green thumb, and grows all types of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. He calls it “edible landscaping.” He also composts assiduously, and I love it. For this evening’s cocktails, we…

Gin and Tonic (August 3, 2021)

Three gin and tonics sit beside a covered plate of food on the porch.

We enjoyed these cocktails and treats on the front porch with our friend Leili. When they came out, we both said “The Classic”. For sure, this is the quintessential summer drink. Enjoyed August 3, 2021

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….

Empress Gin and Tonic

Two glasses of Empress gin: one is the original indigo color, while the other has lightened with the addition of tonic.

This amazingly colored drink is Empress gin, which was a Christmas gift from one Pandemic Pub bartender to another! Thank you, Elizabeth!! I’d never heard of this gin before. It’s made in Victoria, BC and is deliciously smooth, perfect for sipping. I don’t usually say that about gin, even though it’s my favorite. One of…

Bubbly Dog

The Bubbly Dog is a margarita variation, adapted from the "rocks" of a Nameless Dog.

Folks, we thought we’d be tidy and fair, perhaps even a little ingenious here…we made and drank two Nameless Dogs tonight, but we had a little leftover in the shaker. I must digress here for a second and say that in New Bedford, Massachusetts, this would never have happened. That’s because they pour out the…