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Pictured below is Brian’s riverside apartment, complete with fireplace and vintage rattan bar, where he mixes cocktails. His forte is working with bourbon cocktails and flavored vodka martinis.

 
Practice makes perfect, and over the years he’s developed a series of signature drinks, below. For reference, a “drip” is a few drops, a “dribble” is two drips, and a “dash” is no more than a teaspoon. It is also important to note that orange bitters vary and it is important to use the correct ones. Those and falernum can be hard to find but are available on-line from kegworks.com. Stirrings Bitters can sometimes be found at Whole Foods. Some ingredients like orgeat and tamarind syrup can be found in Italian specialty food stores.

Bourbon Cocktails
Favored Mixing Bourbons: Old Crow, Makers Mark, Corner Creek

Skyline
Brian’s variation of a Manhattan:

1 Chilled Martini Glass
3 oz Bourbon (Old Crow or Makers Mark are good wheat-based mixing bourbons)
Drip Angostura Orange Bitters
Dribble of Tawney Port
Ice

Shake with ice and let sit five minutes – this allows the flavors to blend.  Pour, garnish with a small squeezed wedge of lemon.




Slack Tide
Brian’s variation of a whiskey sour:

2 oz Bourbon
Fresh Squeezed:
½ Blood Orange
½ Lemon
Drip Fee’s orange bitters
Dash pineapple juice

Shake all but the cherry juice and pour with shaken ice into highball glass.  Add cherry juice so that it settles to the bottom, garnish with blood orange and lemon wedge.
 

 



Suffering Bastard
This is a much debated Polynesian drink from WWII and this is an “improved” version that replaces ginger ale or ginger beer with ginger liqueur:
1 oz. bourbon
1 oz. gin
1 oz. lime juice
.5 oz. Canton ginger liqueur
dash Stirrings Blood Orange Bitters
Shake room temp, pour over cracked ice, let sit for five minutes to blend flavors. Garnish with lime/orange skewered twists.

Tiki Bay
3 oz Pineapple–infused Bourbon
Drip Fee’s Orange Bitters
Dash tamarind syrup
Dash of ginger liqueur
Mandarin seltzer

Shake with ice and let sit five minutes – this allows the flavors to blend.  Res-shake and pour entire shaker contents into double old fashioned glass, add orange seltzer, garnish with a squeezed wedge of lemon.



Bridgeview
2 oz Bourbon
Dribble Amaro Averna
Dribble B&B

Shake with ice and let sit five minutes – this allows the flavors to blend.  Pour entire shaker contents into double old fashioned glass, garnish with a squeezed wedge of orange


Fireside
1 Chilled Martini Glass
3 oz Pineapple–infused Bourbon
Dash Stirrings Blood Orange Bitters
Dash of ginger liqueur
Shake with ice, serve in chilled martini glass with lemon ribbon
 



Martinis
Favored Mixing Vodkas: Ketel One, Balinoff

Wiprud Vodka Martini: 

1 Chilled Martini Glass
3 Oz. Vodka
Drip Reagans Orange Bitters
Drip Non-oaky Chardonnay

Shake vodka vigorously with ingredients and pour, garnish with a double twist. Unlike the traditional mix using vermouth that easily overpowers and ruins a martini (often vermouth that has been sitting on a bar a long time has turned) chardonnay mellows the vodka with a fresh, clean taste.

Mai Tai Martini: 
1 Chilled Martini Glass
Juice ¼ Lime, lime twists
3 Oz. Vodka
Dash of Cointreau (into the chilled glass)
Two dashes Orgeat (into the chilled glass)
Grenadine
Ice

Shake vodka and lime.  Do your dashes into the chilled glass, wipe martini glass rim with spent lime, pour, garnish with lime twists.  Dribble grenadine in there to sit on the bottom of the glass for color. This drink can easily be made into a Zombie Martini by adding a dash pineapple juice, and into a Scorpion Martini by adding pineapple juice and brandy.

Hulatini
1 Chilled Martini Glass
3 oz Pineapple–infused Vodka
Straw of Blue curacao
Straw of Grenadine

Shake with ice, serve in chilled martini glass. Use a drinking straw to place first the red grenadine at the bottom and then the blue curacao on top of that for a layered effect at the bottom. When the drink is swirled it turns violet.


Beetini
1 Chilled Martini Glass
2oz Vodka
Dash Lemoncello
Dash Barenjager (honey liqueur)
Shake with ice, pour into shilled martini glass, garnish with lemon peel


Now then, don't these sound great!?!  Aren't ya' getting a little thirsty forr an adult beverage?  Try one!  You'll be glad you did!

 

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