I really enjoy creating drinks to honor friends, family, and special occasions. Pure Joy was developed as a special gift to celebrate my niece, Kaitlin Joy, in honor of her graduation. Originally made with Absolut Citron vodka, we switched the recipe significantly to feature Bombay Sapphire after she tried her first perfect Dry Martini.
1 1/2 oz Bombay Sapphire gin
1/2 oz Bonny Doon Framboise
2 oz fresh lemon sour
1 teaspoon egg white
4-5 red raspberries
Chilled seltzer water
In a mixing glass, muddle red raspberries and framboise. Add Bombay Sapphire, egg white, and fresh lemon sour; shake with ice until well blended. Double strain into a Fizz glass and spritz with chilled seltzer water.
Just for Mary
(ri)1 straight rye whiskey (pronounced “rye one”) is made for mixing. Light among its rye brethren, pleasing, with both fruit and spice flavors at its center, it is tantalizing, friendly, and “easy on the tongue.” I combined (ri)1 with Lillet Blond and presented it to Mary. She smiled but I could tell something was missing. Back to the liquor cabinet for a measure of Cherry Heering and some orange bitters, then finished with burnt orange twist essence and a brandied cherry. This time a big smile. It may have been “just for Mary,” but thankfully there was enough for two. I think you’ll
agree that this is a perfect cocktailhour elixir.
2 oz (ri)1 straight rye whiskey
1/2 oz Cherry Heering
1/2 oz Lillet Blond
2 dashes Regan’s Orange
Bitters No. 6
In an ice-filled mixing glass, add rye whiskey, Cherry Heering, Lillet, and orange bitters. Stir until very cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Finish with the essence of a burnt orange twist and discard. Garnish with a brandied cherry.
Tom & Jerry
My cousin Helen made Tom & Jerry from scratch for nearly 70 years for her loyal customers at the Brass Rail. Every year on Thanksgiving she unpacked her three commercial mixers and kept them spinning until New Year’s Day. I hope you’ll agree Helen’s recipe is delightful. Her version serves 12… or, as she used to say, “4 friends, 3 mugs each!”
Helen’s Tom & Jerry Batter
8 jumbo eggs
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
Freshly grated nutmeg
Separate egg whites and yolks. In a large mixer, beat yolks until creamy, then transfer them to another bowl. Clean the mixer and add the egg whites and cream of tartar, then beat until stiff. Add powdered sugar and fold in creamed yolks. Mix until batter is light and fluffy.
For Each Drink
3/4 oz Appleton Estate V/X Jamaican rum
3/4 oz Hennessy VS cognac
In a preheated mug, add 2 heaping ladles of batter (roughly 6 oz). Add rum and cognac. Top with hot water and dust with freshly grated nutmeg. Serve with a paddle or spoon.
I am fortunate to have spent several amazing years in the great city of Manhattan, starting out in the West Village while working with Mario Batali and Steve Crane at Po. The vivid pulse of the city and its people have become a part of me.
1 1/2 oz Bacardi Limón rum
1/2 oz Luxardo Maraschino
1 1/2 oz fresh lemon sour
1 dash Angostura orange bitters
1 tsp egg white
In a mixing glass, add rum, Maraschino liqueur, bitters, fresh lemon sour, and egg white; shake with ice until well blended. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe. Top with ice-cold champagne.
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2 oz Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel
2 oz fresh lemon sour
3 dashes Fee Brothers orange bitters
Chilled dry ginger ale
In a mixing glass, add whiskey, fresh lemon sour, and orange bitters; shake with ice until well blended. Strain into an ice-filled Highball glass, spritz with dry ginger ale, and garnish with freshly cut orange slices and a swizzle stick.