Blood & More Blood

One of the most famous scotch cocktails is the Blood and Sand. But to be quite honest, I’ve always found it saccharine and gross: orange juice and herring cherry liqueur are not my favorite ingredients. I’ve tried making boozy versions …

Cognac French 75

This weekend we went to Boulibar, a new-ish restaurant in San Francisco’s Ferry Building. On the whole it was expensive and nothing special, but I enjoyed their take on a French 75, which substitutes Cognac for Gin and with the …

The Cognac Cocktail

Early cocktails in the 1800s were mostly based on a simple formula: a base spirit, a sweetener, a sour and bitters. The old fashioned (simply just an “old fashioned whiskey cocktail”) and its many cousins are riffs on this simple …

Haribo Old Fashioned

One day, while talking to my Jiu Jitsu coach (Kurt Osiander) about one of our shared favorite past-times: alcohol, he mentioned he liked dissolving gummy bears in bourbon and then drinking it. I was amused – but it …