Great Old Ones: Widow’s Kiss

By Jonathan Laurel April 10, 2018 Cocktails

In another of our cocktail flights we find one more drink whose bibliographic origins trace back to George Kappeler’s 1895 book, and probably to Kappeler himself. This one we find it in the Great Old One’s flight, and it’s the Widow’s Kiss: a delicately balanced cocktail with powerful ingredients rich in flavor and craft. Namely, those are the yellow chartreuse and benedictine, mixed here with Laird’s apple brandy and our monk bitters. Based on the… Read More

Fish House Punch

By Jonathan Laurel April 6, 2018 Cocktails

apricot, peach, fuji apple, cAdd Newrisp, refreshing cognac, gold jamaican rum, apple brandy, peach liqueur, oleo saccharum, lemon, black tea, bogart bitters In 1732, the oldest known social club in America was founded in Pennsylvania, calling itself the “Schuylkill Fishing Company,” and by the time of the American Revolutionary War, the club’s secret punch was famous. A skillful blend of three base spirits with fruit-forward flavors, the Fish House Punch is a… Read More

White Oak Fashioned

By Jonathan Laurel March 30, 2018 Cocktails

oak bark, toasted nuts, moss, mushrooms, orange zest kentucky bourbon whiskey, gomme, acorn bitters, woodland essence Based on the granddaddy of all Cocktails, our White Oak Fashioned uses a high-rye single barrel bourbon whiskey as its base spirit, adding depth, character, and complexity. The finished cocktail is both nutty and tannic, with a round, umami-driven mouthfeel and notes of dry wood, caramel, cinnamon, and morel. Read More

Barrel-Aged Martinez

By Jonathan Laurel March 27, 2018 Cocktails

raspberry, plum, cherry, caramel, candy gumdrops old tom gin, cocchi di torino, maraschino, bogart bitters A long-lost classic cocktail, the Martinez is a subtle blend of gin, sweet vermouth, maraschino, and bitters. Known as the “missing link” of vermouth cocktails, the Martinez bridges the gap between the whiskey-based Manhattan and the gin-based Martini. We make ours with Old Tom gin, rather than London dry gin, to circumvent the usual juniper flavors. Our recipe then… Read More

Orchid Scout

By Jonathan Laurel March 21, 2018 Cocktails

orange, fig, vanilla, plum, pomegranate cabernet sauvignon, picon, cola syrup, quinine, soda water, orange bitters Orchid hunting is a dangerous sport which gripped Victorian England in the nineteenth century as explorers searched for new and rare species in the darkest reaches of the earth. An average hunter risked disease, death, and capture in order to discover unknown specimens—even risking outrageous plot twists, car chases, and random deaths, as any Kaufman fan doth know. Our… Read More