Bee’s Knees

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Honey Syrup
  • .75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

Garnish:  Lemon Twist

Glass:  Cocktail

Tools:  Mixing Glass, Cocktail Shaker, Hawthorne Strainer

Preparation:  Combine ingredients in a mixing glass.  Shake in an ice-filled cocktail shaker for 10 seconds.  Strain into a cocktail glass.  Garnish with a lemon twist.

This is a classic cocktail from the Pre-Prohibition era.  This particular recipe is from the book Speakeasy Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric of Employees Only in New York City.

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Jasmine

  • 1.5 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • .75 oz Campari
  • .5 oz Lemon Juice

Garnish:  Lemon Twist

Glass:  Cocktail

Tools:  Mixing Glass, Cocktail Shaker, Hawthorne Strainer

Preparation:  Combine ingredients in a mixing glass.  Shake in an ice-filled cocktail shaker for 10 seconds.  Strain into a cocktail glass.  Garnish with a twist of lemon.

This is a recipe I came across in Imbibe Magazine and is attributed to Paul Harrington of Townhouse Bar & Grill in Emeryville, California.

Mendoza

  • 1 oz Mezcal Tequila
  • .75 oz Grenadine
  • .75 oz Passion Fruit Puree
  • Cava

Garnish:  Lemon Twist

Glass:  Flute

Tools:  Mixing Glass, Cocktail Shaker, Hawthorne Strainer

Preparation:  Combine ingredients, except the Cava, in a mixing glass and shake in an ice-filled cocktail shaker.  Strain into a flute and top with Cava.  Garnish with a lemon twist.

This is a recipe from an article in the Wall Street Journal about summer drinks and is attributed to Josh Wortman of Anejo in New York.  The article describes the drink as:

A take on the classic French 75.  Like its predecessor, it’s named after a weapon: The Mendoza is a light machine gun designed in Mexico.  Good grenadine is key:  To make your own, bring some pomegranate juice to a boil, add an equal part of sugar, simmer for 15 minutes and chill.

Jersey Quarter

  • 1 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 1 oz Applejack
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • .25 oz Benedictine
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  • 1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters

Garnish:  Lemon Twist, Orange Twist

Glass:  Rocks/Double Old-Fashioned

Tools:  Mixing Glass, Barspoon, Julep Strainer

Preparation:  Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled mixing glass.  Stir for 20 seconds.  Strain into an ice-filled glass.  Garnish with lemon and orange twists.

This recipe is attributed to Mayur Subarao from the bar Post Office in Brooklyn.  I came across it in Imbibe Magazine.