Double Dare Cocktail

The last cocktail themed post included our recipe for Buddha’s Hand syrup. We’d be remiss if we didn’t post a cocktail using said syrup.
It is a great replacement for simple syrup, and gives it some tartness with the sweet.

I’m calling this the Double Dare cocktail to follow my latest review of DARE ME by Megan Abbott. Whatever daring thing you may try next, it helps to have some liquid courage.


1oz Lemon juice
1 oz Combier
1 oz Buddha’s hand syrup (or simple syrup)
2 oz  VSOP cognac

*Combine all ingredients in shaker with ice and stir. Serve straight up or with ice and enjoy!


Fool Me Once….Cocktail

We love the smooth finish that comes from the addition of egg white in this cocktail.


2.5 Oz Brandy

1 oz. Ginger Demarera syrup

Egg white from one egg

Lime Juice


Combine Brandy, demerera syrup, egg white and lime juice into shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into glass. Top with bitters and swirl.

Burning Leaves Cocktail


2 oz. Scotch Whiskey

1 oz. Brandy

1 oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth

2-3 drops of Bitters

This cocktail is a fall campfire in your mouth. The key ingredient, Ila scotch is known for its smoky flavor profile. Choose an Ila depending on your preference in taste or smokiness.

The “hog” is always experimenting, and thinks this is only the first step in a developing cocktail. So stay tuned for further developments!

Fall into Fall Cocktail

Fall is upon us, whether it’s in the cool and crisp mornings, the changing leaves and early sunsets, or the roar of football fans on the weekends. A good drink to bid adieu to the hot summer nights and usher in the sights and sounds of fall is this simple cocktail made from a pear and sage reduction.


2 oz. Few American Gin*

1 oz. Pear Sage Syrup

1 oz Lime


Add all ingredients into shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into glass. Garnish with Sage leaf.

*A good alternative is the Junipero Gin.

What cocktail makes you think of fall?

“Heart Like Mine” cocktail

This cocktail was inspired by secrets and things that are not quite what they seem. Much like the novel I recently reviewed, HEART LIKE MINE, the gin gimlet can be one thing and another without being wrong, it just depends on you, the drinker. While the gimlet can be made with vodka, we opted for gin in this week’s cocktail creation.


2 oz Junipero Gin

2 Limes

Splash of Martini Rossi Bianco Vermouth

Martini Shaker

Shaker Strainer


Fill shaker halfway with ice.  Squeeze juice out of  1 lime. Add remaining ingredients and shake several times. Pour through strainer. Use remaining lime to garnish.

Those who make the gin gimlet fall into two parties: Those who use fresh lime juice, and those who use Rose’s lime juice. We prefer the fresh lime for this drink. Some say the gimlet was first served by a ship’s doctor who made drinking lime juice to prevent scurvy more appealing by adding gin.

Do you prefer your gimlet with gin or vodka?