Homemade Brandied Cherries

Hey Ya'll!  Well, it's officially December which means it's crunch time for Christmas presents. Homemade gifts have been all the rage the last few years & if it's coming from us, it's safe to assume that your gift will likely incorporate coffee and or booze 😉  Insert these ridiculously delicious, freshly made Brandied Cherries - … Continue reading Homemade Brandied Cherries

Homemade Grenadine

In my honest opinion, “Grenadine” is often used loosely when it comes to the so-labeled items lining the shelves in your local grocer or even liquor store. Sure, there are a few decent brands that actually use pomegranate juice; however, there’s usually cherry juice hiding in there as well. Furthermore, most brands don't even use … Continue reading Homemade Grenadine

Farmhouse Caesar

It's Sunday morning here on the farm & there ain't nothing better than a little hair of the dog to get your morning started right. Now if you aren't familiar with the Caesar, stay tuned because I'm about to take your brunch cocktail game to the next level!  If you're asking yourself, why not just … Continue reading Farmhouse Caesar

House Jalapeño-Infused Tequila

It's no secret that out here on the farm we dig agave-based spirits; so it should be no surprise that we seriously dig infusing blanco tequila with jalapeños. If you love tequila, mezcal, and Ancho Reyes, you will love adding this tasty infusion to your bar repertoire. I utilize a recipe found in the Death … Continue reading House Jalapeño-Infused Tequila

Intro to Fernet: Hanky Panky & the Jitterbug

My first exposure to fernet was after a meal at one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago, Carriage House (now closed, we miss you!) I had been seeing ads all over town for this mysterious "Fernet Branca" (e.g., one pictured a woman walking an alligator; perhaps this is normal in Florida...another showed a pinup girl sitting at a … Continue reading Intro to Fernet: Hanky Panky & the Jitterbug

Raising the Bar

Once you have your basic bottles (and perhaps a few additional ones) you may find yourself wanting (or needing) to purchase a few additional bar hardware items; as well as additional bitters & shrubs to take your home-bar to the next level.  Over the holidays we threw a cocktail party with one cobbler shaker and … Continue reading Raising the Bar

The Whiskey Sour

This next cocktail I acknowledge I disregarded for ages. Not sure the reasoning; too simple perhaps, a bad experience, lack of balance, the evil “sour mix” or perhaps a combination. Who knows…? So, as with the Amaretto I decided it was time to put a bit of R & D into the Whiskey Sour. My … Continue reading The Whiskey Sour