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The Month-Old Manhattan (Day 35)

Time moves more slowly in Canada. I move more slowly with child. Put ‘em together and what’ve you got? A 35-day month, but one that’s worth the wait, for at the end of it lies the Month-Old Manhattan. When I first mixed this drink in May, having gotten the recipe’s inspiration from a restaurant‘s cocktail […]

The Month-Old Manhattan (Day One)

Damn you, St. Louis! Damn your exploding cocktail scene, three-and-a-half years after I move away. Damn you and your 150-libations-long cocktail menus and your Tales of the Cocktail award noms, your Ted Kilgores, your envy-inducing, membership-only cocktail boites that just happen to be housed in the most awesomest speakeasy-style restaurant space EVER. And damn the recent […]

The World’s Greatest Rye Perfect Manhattan

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Rye Perfect Manhattan I Rye used to be implied When ordering Manhattans Bourbon’s bastardized that, but it’s ok, bourbon; I love you, too. II I like to surprise people By serving them a Manhattan And then a rye perfect one. Watch their faces as a new favorite drink is […]

The I’ll Fake Manhattan

Did you know you can make a Manhattan* with aged rum instead of bourbon? Because you totally can and it’s really pretty good! I happened upon this discovery of sorts while toying with recipes for that Montreal Bar vs. Chef competition I clearly can’t stop talking about. My original idea was to do a flip, […]

The White Manhattan

Folks, how cool is my mother in law? So cool, she got me this for Christmas: Moonshine! White dog! Rotgut! White lightning! Hooch! Fire water! Mountain dew! Academically speaking, corn whiskey, made from a mashbill of a government-mandated-minimum 81 percent corn (with rye and malted barley making up the difference) that usually sees the inside […]

The Summertime Smash

The following post is sponsored by Frangelico. Cocktail name, development, recipe and photography are completely my own. Check out Frangelico online and follow them on Facebook for more exciting recipes. Is it summer finally? Are we there yet, Mother Nature? Up here in the tundra Montreal, the warm weather has been *such* a tease lately. We’ve had one of those […]

Harriet’s Highball

Me: Hey, J. and M. [our favorite married-couple-with-new-baby-in-Montreal friends] invited us over on Mother’s Day afternoon for cocktails. J.’s mother and grandmother are in town. J. says her mother and I will get along because we’re both drinkers. The PhoBlograpHusband: Wait — for cocktails?! [J. doesn’t drink; M. will drink beer but only because that’s the […]

The Sidecar

H.L. Mencken called the martini the only American invention as perfect as a sonnet, but I think the Sidecar goes one better: It’s as engrossing and enrapturing as the Great American novel. Cue the Jay-Z soundtrack bandwagon sound effects Jazz Age music — it’s The Great Gatsby week at The Five O’Clock Cocktail Blog!

The Clifton Heights

Hey, bourbon face! Are you as cray-cray in love with bourbon as this blotto besotted bourbonperson is? Do you eat, drink dream drink and sleep drink bourbon? Have you considered naming a pet and/or child Bourbon? Then have I got a cocktail for you! Like me, you’re probably always on the hunt for yet another way to […]

The Pineapple Gimlet

I’ve been wanting to make this cocktail for months, ever since I scheduled my Midwestern roundabout (Mtl –>StL –>CHI –>TOR –>Mtl) for late April and knew I’d get the chance to revisit The Matchbox, that sliver of a Chicago watering hole that is basically the greatest bar on Earth. To sate myself in the weeks […]

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