Category Archives: Recipes

Recipe: Effen Vodka Valentine’s Cocktails

This week in Valentine’s Day recipes just keeps on coming, this time courtesy of the folks over at Effen vodka. The following recipes were tried and tested in our own bar, and were received with approval and enthusiasm.

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1 1/2 parts Effen Black Cherry Vodka
3/4 part DeKuyper Dark Crème de Cacao
3/4 part half and half
1 teaspoon cherry preserves
1 dash Angostura bitters

In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon peel and brandied cherries.

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Recipe: Skyy Vodka Valentine’s Day Cocktails

With Valentine’s Day around the corner we felt it only appropriate to offer up a few suggestions for cocktails that might tickle the fancy of someone you love, or to enjoy by yourself. These recipes come to us courtesy of the folks at Skyy Vodka, which just launched a new strawberry vodka (review coming soon).

image005 220x300 Recipe: Skyy Vodka Valentines Day CocktailsWild Strawberry Seduction
2 oz. Skyy Infusions Wild Strawberry
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 oz. apple juice
½ oz. honey
2 medium basil leaves
2 medium strawberries

Muddle basil, strawberries and lemon juice. Add remaining ingredients. Shake and double strain in to coupe glass

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2 oz. Skyy Infusions Wild Strawberry
1 oz. orange juice
½ oz. grapefruit Juice
½ oz. lime juice
½ oz. simple syrup
¼ oz. grenadine

Shake all ingredients except grenadine. Pour liquid over ice in a rocks glass. Drizzle in grenadine at the end.

Recipe: Valentine’s Day, James Bond-Themed, Balsamic Vinegar Cocktails

Superstar cocktail creator Carlo Splendorini is no stranger to those familiar with the world of exotic drinks.  He helped establish the Michelin-starred restaurant Michael Mina as a front-runner in San Francisco’s cocktail scene while racking up prizes in national and international competitions. For this Valentine’s Day, he offers up some twists using balsamic vinegar as an ingredient. Definitely some recipes for those looking for something out of the ordinary this Valentine’s holiday. Continue reading

Recipe: Samuel Adams Boston Lager Pizza

With the Super Bowl happening today, kitchens around the nation will be busy preparing food for the big game. This one’s a bit off the beaten path, but if you’re looking for another way to involve alcohol consumption during the game, Mark Bello from Pizza School offers up these recipes for your consideration:

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Recipe: W Austin’s Brothers Quarrel, a Harbaugh Super Bowl Cocktail Recipe

This week our inbox has been inundated with a variety of delightful recipes for this weekend’s upcoming Super Bowl, and we here at Drinkhacker HQ feel grateful to be in a position to present a few of which we’ve tested and approve. This one comes to us courtesy of W Hotel in Austin. We pre-gamed with it last night during the Buffalo-Boston hockey match and although we couldn’t master the burnt lemon garnish, the combination of Laphroaig and Buffalo Trace was most unique. Definitely for those wishing for a more adventurous cocktail.

Brothers Quarrel
1.5 oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon
.5 oz St. Germain liqueur
.5 oz Canton ginger liqueur
.25 oz pineapple juice

Shake pour over new rocks in rocks glass. Then Spritz with Laphroaig Scotch and garnish with burnt lemon.

Drink through a straw, cocktail evolves as it’s drunk.  The Scotch will come down into drink and infuse into drink, then you’re left with a Bourbon-Scotch marriage.

Recipe: Wild Turkey Super Bowl XLVII Cocktails

This Sunday marks the arrival of that time-honored worldwide tradition of sitting down and watching something called the Super Bowl in between commercials. For residents and supporters of San Francisco, it’s a time to redeem themselves after decades of disappointment following the glory years of Montana and Rice (and add to the city’s streak of championships following the Giants’ thrashing of the Tigers in the World Series). For the Ravens, it’s a time to establish themselves as a top-tier team in the NFL. For everyone else, it’s time to stuff their faces and figure out if Beyonce is lip-syncing again.

In the spirit (no pun intended) of such revelry, we present these two tasty treats courtesy of those bird flipping fanatics at Wild Turkey:Fourth and Long 200x300 Recipe: Wild Turkey Super Bowl XLVII Cocktails

Fourth and Long
1 oz. Wild Turkey 101
1/4 oz. Wild Turkey 81
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. Aperol
1/2 oz. maple syrup

Combine all ingredients, shake vigorously and serve in a high ball glass. Garnish with a wedge of lemon.

Give em the Bird Blitz
1 tablespoon fig jam
Give em the Bird Blitz 300x289 Recipe: Wild Turkey Super Bowl XLVII Cocktails1½ oz. Wild Turkey 81
¼ oz. orange liqueur
½ oz. fresh lemon juice

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into an old fashioned glass over fresh ice.

We attempted both of these drinks in the test kitchens of our southern outpost, and found the Bird Blitz to be the superior of the two, with a smooth taste and easy going finish. However, we’re not exactly sure how well it will pair with hoagies, pizza, Cheetos, or other fan favorites on this glorious day of sports.

Recipe: Be My Clementine

Across this amber-waved grain filled nation of ours, waiting rooms of doctors offices and clinics are reaching maximum capacity, as physicians deal with the massive cold and flu outbreak. As a potential antidote, the folks at the Tommy Bahama restaurant chain have concocted this citrus-filled cocktail to make sure you get your daily dose of Vitamin C.

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1 part Grey Goose L’Orange vodka
½ part Cointreau
1 part fresh lemon juice
1 part simple syrup
1 part muddled Clementine orange
1 ½ parts sparkling wine
1 mint sprig

Serve on the rocks.

(Of course, we also suggest you wash your hands, get plenty of rest, take vitamins and steer clear of ill people if you can.)

Inauguration Day Cocktails (Including Obama’s Favorite)

Whether you’re celebrating the re-election of President Obama, or need something to numb the pain of another 4 years of his administration, these Campari-concocted cocktails offer something up for a diverse array of palates.

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1 oz. Campari
1 oz. Cinzano Rosso Vermouth
Splash of Club Soda

Pour Campari and Cinzano Rosso Vermouth over ice in a rocks or highball glass. Add a splash of club soda. Garnish with an orange twist.

(Note: According to Campari, this is allegedly President Obama’s favorite cocktail. While we have placed a call to the White House Social Secretary’s Office for confirmation, we’ve yet to receive a response. We’ll follow up and present information as it becomes available.)


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Pisco Disco Cocktails

Okay they’re really not disco-inspired cocktails, but it was tough to resist the whole rhyme scheme. Absolutely abysmal wordplay aside, Pisco is indeed a wonderful South American brandy that is sorely under-represented in the cocktail world. Here are a couple of recipes courtesy of our friends over at Portón that are worth checking out and warming up with during these frigid winter months.

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2 parts Portón pisco
1 part pomegranate juice
1 part tangerine juice
Sugar to taste
Pomegranate seeds for garnish

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice.
Shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.

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Cocktails from the Sundance Film Festival

Sundance isn’t just about movies. All those stars have to eat and drink, too. And eat and drink well they do. The “Chefdance” dinner series gets underway when Sundance starts on Thursday of this week. Here are some of the cocktails the A-list will be consuming with their wagyu and foie gras. All cocktails courtesy Snake Oil Cocktail Co.

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1 1/2 ounces Ketel One Vodka
1 ounce Blood Orange Juice
1/2 ounce Cinnamon Simple Syrup
Dry Blood Orange Soda for Top
Blood Orange Wheel for Garnish
Cinnamon Stick for Garnish

Fill old-fashioned glass with ice. Add Ketel One vodka, blood orange juice and cinnamon simple syrup into old-fashioned glass. Top with dry blood orange soda and stir gently. Garnish with blood orange wheel on the rim of the glass speared by a cinnamon stick.

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Recipe: St. Germain Seasonal Variations

The other day during our daily news briefing, we made mention of St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur and the customized, high-end bicycle now being sold on its web site. Along the way, we also noticed updated cocktail recipes, and tried a few out last night over a marathon Magnum P.I. session, courtesy of Netflix Instant.

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1 part St. Germain
2 parts spiced rum
1 part freshly squeezed lime juice
1 slice strawberry, lime, lemon, orange
1 pinch of mint
2 dashes Angostura Bitters

In a shaker, gently muddle fruit and mint. Add remaining ingredients and shake lightly. Pour mixture into a rocks glass, and garnish with a sprig of mint.

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1 part gin (Nolet Gin preferred, but any will do)
1 part St. Germain
¾ part freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters



Shake all ingredients with ice and serve in a coupe or martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

UPDATE: While we were  filing this post for deadline, we received word over the PR wire that St. Germain has been acquired by Bacardi for an undisclosed amount. Quite the coincidence. No word on whether or not the bikes will be staying around during this merger.

Original Recipe: The Upton Abbey

My sources tell me that Downton Abbey season three begins this weekend. Coincidentally, I developed this cocktail at an Abbey-themed New Year’s Eve party, in part trying to capture the spirit of the era (and using liquor common in 1910s England), in part trying to take advantage of spirits available on hand at our host’s house.

The result, a spin on an Old Fashioned, is actually quite delicious. See what you think. Get more Downton Abbey cocktails here from TheKitchn.

The Upton Abbey
3/4 oz. Irish whiskey
3/4 oz. dark rum
1/4 oz. sweet vermouth
2 dashes Fee Brothers Old Fashioned Bitters

Shake all with ice and strain into a coupe. Garnish with a generous Meyer lemon twist.

Recipe: Sailor’s Punch

sailors punch 224x300 Recipe: Sailors PunchWill you be at Drinkhacker HQ tonight? Here’s what you’re drinking… while supplies last!

Adapted from this recipe at Serious Eats. The bay leaves are what sucked me in!

Update: This punch was a huge hit and was gone in about an hour. There’s no way it serves 40. Maybe 20. I would at least double the recipe for any sizable party.

Sailor’s Punch
2 bottles Bourbon (I used Tennessee whiskey)
12 oz. apple cider
6 oz. spiced syrup (recipe below)
8 oz. simple syrup
10 oz. lime juice
20 bay leaves (dry)

Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl. Garnish with apple, lemon, and lime slices. Serves 40.

Spiced Syrup
6 oz. water
12 cinnamon sticks
10 cloves
12 allspice berries

Combine all ingredients, boil, then allow to cool. Strain. More like spiced water than syrup.

3 Amazing Halloween Cocktail Recipes

These seasonally-appropriate concoctions, courtesy of celebrity caterer Andrea Correale, sounded (and look) too awesome not to post.

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2 oz. SKYY Infusions Pineapple vodka
1.5 oz. orange sherbet, softened
1 oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. milk
1 oz. simple syrup

Combine SKYY Infusions Pineapple and pineapple juice in cocktail shaker with ice. Strain over fresh ice into a clear Collins glass. Combine softened orange sherbet and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain, and pour over bar spoon to layer in the rocks glass. Then, combine simple syrup and milk in cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Layer milk mixture on top of sorbet mixture.

Jack O Lantern Cocktail 3 Amazing Halloween Cocktail RecipesJack-o’-Lantern Cocktail
1 oz cognac
.5 oz Grand Marnier
1.5 oz orange juice
.5 oz ginger ale
orange wheel & lime twist for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with an orange & lime “Pumpkin Top”.

“Pumpkin Top” Garnish
Fold a small piece of lime twist/peel in half and insert it into the center of an orange wheel.

bourbon milkshake 199x300 3 Amazing Halloween Cocktail RecipesBourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshake (makes 2 shakes)
2 cups vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup cream or half and half
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup pureed pumpkin
1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1/3 cup graham cracker crumbs
2-3 ounces of bourbon
frosting + sprinkles (or cinnamon sugar) for glasses

Add all ingredients to a blender and mix until combined. Rim glasses with a light coating of frosting then dip in sprinkles. Pour in shake and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Top with whipped cream if desired. Serve!

Fall-Friendly Cocktails For 2012

Speyside 195x300 Fall Friendly Cocktails For 2012Fall is upon us, and that means it’s time for more brooding, savory drinks. Here are a few autumnal libations, courtesy of our friends at William Grant & Sons.

Maple Sage Bourbon (Recipe courtesy of Kim Haasarud, founder of Liquid Architecture LLC)
2 sage leaves, plus additional for garnish
0.75 parts. dark amber maple syrup
0.75 parts lemon juice
1 egg white
2.5 parts Hudson Baby Bourbon Whiskey

Muddle the two sage leaves with the maple syrup and lemon juice. Add the egg white. Dry shake (without ice) until the egg white is emulsified. Add the Bourbon. Top with ice and shake hard for 10 seconds. Strain the cocktail into a lowball glass filled with new ice. Garnish with the remaining sage.

Ginger Brewsky                      
1 part Monkey Shoulder
.75 parts Ginger syrup
.75 parts Fresh lemon juice
Top with beer

Add all ingredients other than beer to shaker, shake well with ice. Strain into beer glass and top with beer.       

The Speyside Cocktail (pictured)
2 parts Glenfiddich 12 Year Old
1/2 part Dolin blanc vermouth
4 dashes of peach bitters

Combine ingredients in an Old-Fashioned glass, add ice and stir. Garnish with a lemon peel, squeezed to express oils.

Recipe: Gangnam Style Pony-rita

If Avion hadn’t come up with this recipe, I would’ve had to.

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Inspired by the bright, sassy suits and dance moves

2 ½ parts Tequila Avión Silver
½ part fresh lime juice
Sugar for rim
Lime slice garnish

Fill blender with ice and wet ingredients. Blend until frozen. Rub the rim of a margarita glass with a lime slice so that the sugar will stick, then rim the glass with sugar and add blended ingredients. Garnish with a lime slice.

Cocktails for National Vodka Day

Who knew that America would be interested in celebrating the national spirit of our former mortal enemy? Eh, times have changed. Enjoy these two libations, courtesy of Effen.

 Cocktails for National Vodka DayEffen Couture
1 1/2 parts Effen Vodka
1/2 part Triple Sec
3/4 part Lime Juice
1/2 part Simple Syrup
3/4 part Pomegranate Purée
3/4 part Passion Fruit Purée

In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients over ice. Shake, and strain into a low tumbler over ice. Garnish with lime wheel.

Effen Bold Ginger
1 ½ parts Effen Vodka
¾ parts Lime Juice
¾ parts Ginger Syrup
1 dash Bitters
Ginger Beer
5 Mint leaves

In a mixing glass, muddle mint, lime juice and ginger syrup.  Add vodka and shake over ice.  Strain and pour into a tall glass with ice and ginger beer.  Garnish with mint sprig.

White House Beer Recipes Are Finally Here

Obama’s homebrew recipes are finally available to the public. And here they are!

White House Honey Porter


  • 2 (3.3 lb) cans light unhopped malt extract
  • 3/4 lb Munich Malt (cracked)
  • 1 lb crystal 20 malt (cracked)
  • 6 oz black malt (cracked)
  • 3 oz chocolate malt (cracked)
  • 1 lb White House Honey
  • 10 HBUs bittering hops
  • 1/2 oz Hallertaur Aroma hops
  • 1 pkg Nottingham dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup corn sugar for bottling


  1. In a 6 qt pot, add grains to 2.25 qts of 168? water. Mix well to bring temp down to 155?. Steep on stovetop at 155? for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, bring 2 gallons of water to 165? in a 12 qt pot. Place strainer over, then pour and spoon all the grains and liquid in. Rinse with 2 gallons of 165? water. Let liquid drain through. Discard the grains and bring the liquid to a boil. Set aside.
  2. Add the 2 cans of malt extract and honey into the pot. Stir well.
  3. Boil for an hour. Add half of the bittering hops at the 15 minute mark, the other half at 30 minute mark, then the aroma hops at the 60 minute mark.
  4. Set aside and let stand for 15 minutes.
  5. Place 2 gallons of chilled water into the primary fermenter and add the hot wort into it. Top with more water to total 5 gallons if necessary. Place into an ice bath to cool down to 70-80?.
  6. Activate dry yeast in 1 cup of sterilized water at 75-90? for fifteen minutes. Pitch yeast into the fermenter. Fill airlock halfway with water. Ferment at room temp (64-68?) for 3-4 days.
  7. Siphon over to a secondary glass fermenter for another 4-7 days.
  8. To bottle, make a priming syrup on the stove with 1 cup sterile water and 3/4 cup priming sugar, bring to a boil for five minutes. Pour the mixture into an empty bottling bucket. Siphon the beer from the fermenter over it. Distribute priming sugar evenly. Siphon into bottles and cap. Let sit for 1-2 weeks at 75?.

White House Honey Ale


  • 2 (3.3 lb) cans light malt extract
  • 1 lb light dried malt extract
  • 12 oz crushed amber crystal malt
  • 8 oz Bisquit Malt
  • 1 lb White House Honey
  • 1 1/2 oz Kent Goldings Hop Pellets
  • 1 1/2 oz Fuggles Hop pellets
  • 2 tsp gypsum
  • 1 pkg Windsor dry ale yeast
  • 3/4 cup corn sugar for priming


  1. In an 12 qt pot, steep the grains in a hop bag in 1 1/2 gallons of sterile water at 155 degrees for half an hour. Remove the grains.
  2. Add the 2 cans of the malt extract and the dried extract and bring to a boil.
  3. For the first flavoring, add the 1 1/2 oz Kent Goldings and 2 tsp of gypsum. Boil for 45 minutes.
  4. For the second flavoring, add the 1/2 oz Fuggles hop pellets at the last minute of the boil.
  5. Add the honey and boil for 5 more minutes.
  6. Add 2 gallons chilled sterile water into the primary fermenter and add the hot wort into it. Top with more water to total 5 gallons. There is no need to strain.
  7. Pitch yeast when wort temperature is between 70-80?. Fill airlock halfway with water.
  8. Ferment at 68-72? for about seven days.
  9. Rack to a secondary fermenter after five days and ferment for 14 more days.
  10. To bottle, dissolve the corn sugar into 2 pints of boiling water for 15 minutes. Pour the mixture into an empty bottling bucket. Siphon the beer from the fermenter over it. Distribute priming sugar evenly. Siphon into bottles and cap. Let sit for 2 to 3 weeks at 75?.

Recipe: Wild Turkey Whiskey Sour 101

whiskey sour 159x300 Recipe: Wild Turkey Whiskey Sour 101National Whiskey Sour Day (no, really!) is today, and in honor of the occasion, Wild Turkey offers this concoction, a high-test spin on the classic drink.

Wild Turkey Whiskey Sour 101 (or The Sergeant Whiskey Sowers)
1 1/2 ounces Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon
1/2 ounce fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1/2 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 ounce honey
1 fresh cherry
1 ounce Wild Turkey American Honey
Dollop of egg white

Slice cherry from top to bottom five times around pit, and soak in a cup of Wild Turkey American Honey. Combine Wild Turkey Bourbon, grapefruit juice, lime juice and honey in a cocktail shaker. Froth egg white and add a dollop to the mixture. Shake and serve over ice. Garnish with Wild Turkey American Honey-soaked cherry.

Fall Tequila Cocktails

Cocktail recipes for fall courtesy Hornitos and Sauza. This first one had me at the chocolate bitters.

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Created by Steven Calabro, Head Mixologist, Red O,, Los Angeles, CA

2 parts Hornitos Anejo Tequila
2 dashes Mexican Chocolate Bitters
1 part Sweet Vermouth
1/4 part fresh orange

Stirred and served up in Martini glass. Garnished with burnt orange peel disc flamed at presentation.

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Serves 2

1/4 cup Sauza Blue Silver Tequila
1/2 cup cream
2 tablespoons pumpkin spice syrup
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 cups freshly brewed hot coffee
Whipped Cream

In a saucepan, combine cream with pumpkin syrup, sugar, vanilla and spice. Brew your coffee and divide it between two mugs. To each mug add half of the Sauza Blue Tequila and the cream mixture and stir. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon.