Dorian Gray

Cocktail Dorian Gray

“The Picture of Dorian Gray” stands as Oscar Wilde’s most renowned novel. In the story, a friend paints a portrait of the youthful and charming Dorian Gray. Upon gazing at his captivating likeness, Dorian fervently wishes to retain his youth indefinitely, with the portrait bearing the burden of aging. His wish is granted, and despite a life filled with sin and depravity, Dorian remains outwardly youthful and innocent, while the portrait reflects the toll of his deeds. Only upon Dorian’s death, accompanied by his remorseful attempt to destroy the portrait, does the natural order resume.

This cocktail, featuring a smooth and fruity profile with a prominent orange flavor, traces its origins to One Aldwych in London, England, and is featured in Difford’s Guide.

Ingredients:
– 1 1/2 oz/ 45 ml White Rum
– 3/4 oz/ 22.5 ml Grand Marnier
– 1 оz/ 30 ml Fresh Orange Juice
– 3/4 oz/

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Absinthe Sour

Absinthe Sour cocktail

A cocktail for absinthe and sour cocktails enthusiasts.
If you’re curious about absinthe, you can find more information here, and details about the sour cocktails can be found here.
Combine your love for both into this cocktail from Difford’s Guide.

Ingredients:
– 5/6 oz/ 25 ml Absinthe
– 1/2 oz/ 15 ml Fresh Lemon Juice
– 1/2 оz/ 15 ml Egg White
– 1/3 oz/ 10 ml Sugar Syrup
– 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Process:
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain back into the shaker. Shake without ice and strain into an ice-filled glass.

Garnish: Maraschino cherry and lemon zest.

Drinkware:
Old-fashioned glass

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Train’s A Comin’

This cocktail is crafted with the discerning palate of Concord grape enthusiasts in mind.

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Spider’s Net

As All Saint’s Eve draws near, the time for a spine-tingling Halloween cocktail is upon us. Spiders, creatures with long-standing connections to witchcraft, embody the eerie essence of this celebration. They weave intricate, gossamer nets during this autumn season, setting the stage for the drink known as the Spider’s Net.

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Harvest

Autumn descends, casting a spell of crisp air heavy with the earthy fragrance of fallen leaves. It’s a season that beckons us toward aromatic, robust, and soul-warming libations.

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Drunken Zebra

Life often resembles a zebra, with its alternating dark and light stripes, but it’s a good journey nonetheless, much like the stride of a striped horse. To infuse more joy into this zebra-like existence, I’ve created the Drunken Zebra, a dessert cocktail or jelly cocktail, call it what you will, based on the delightful combination of Panna Cotta and berry jelly.

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Tequila sunrise

The Tequila Sunrise, a cocktail with a concise recipe but a rich history, reached its zenith of popularity during the 1970s and 1980s, a period that wasn’t necessarily renowned for producing the finest concoctions in American cocktail history. It was an era marked by high cocktail consumption and the birth of many new drinks, but the taste and quality of numerous libations from that time often left much to be desired. Nonetheless, the Tequila Sunrise earned its enduring place on the International Bartenders Association (IBA) list for a good reason.

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Paloma

If the Margarita stands as the most popular tequila-based cocktail in the USA, the Paloma (meaning “dove” in Spanish) takes the crown as Mexico’s absolute favorite and even holds the title of the national cocktail.

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Gin and Tonic

Gin and tonic, a timeless and uncomplicated gin-based cocktail, has secured its place as one of the world’s oldest and most beloved libations.

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Mimosa and Buck’s Fizz

The Mimosa is a well-known and popular cocktail listed in the IBA. It’s delightfully simple: just orange juice and Champagne.

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Waterlily

If you enjoy Aviation but find the bright sweetness of Maraschino Luxardo not to your liking, the Waterlily might be your perfect choice.

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Alice In Wonderland

Find your way into Wonderland.

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Swamp Water

As I mentioned the Swamp Water cocktail in my Chartreuse story, it’s only fitting that we delve into its history.

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English Rose

English Rose – the cocktail that reflexes the quintessential English beauty, intertwining the concepts of women and flowers.

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Amber Room aka Golden Glow

One more cocktail for Chartreuse lovers.

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Andean Dusk

I haven’t crafted cocktails with Pisco in a while. Until I found Andean Dusk, which brought reminiscences of my Andean adventures.

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Kir

Let’s delve into the world of Burgundy’s offerings once more. Kir is a cocktail born in Burgundy, crafted from entirely Burgundian ingredients: Aligoté white wine and blackcurrant liqueur known as crème de cassis.

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Mujer Verde

Another colorful character on my cocktail list. For those who appreciate Chartreuse.

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Espresso Martini

March 15th marks Espresso Martini Day. Now, to be clear, this cocktail isn’t a genuine Martini.

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Kahlua and White Russian

On February 27th, we raise our glasses high in celebration of National Kahlua Day. My recommendation for the occasion is the classic White Russian, a cherished coffee liqueur cocktail whose origins are veiled in mystery.

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Her Majesty. The cocktail for World Bartender Day

Today, on February 24th, we celebrate World Bartender Day, a day dedicated to honoring those who bring creativity and passion to the art of mixology. In tribute to the men and women in this esteemed profession, particularly those who infuse it with their boundless imagination, I am delighted to introduce my own creation: Her Majesty.

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Margarita

On February 22nd, we celebrate Margarita Day. This cocktail is undoubtedly one of the world’s favorites and holds the title of the most popular tequila-based cocktail.

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Brandy Alexander

January 31st marks Brandy Alexander Day.

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Irish Coffee

On January 25th, we celebrate Irish Coffee Day.

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Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy is the comforting embrace of warmth on a cold, damp day, and it’s fitting that we celebrate it on January 11.

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Bloody Mary

January 1st, heralding the dawn of a new year, also brings us World Bloody Mary Day.

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Preakness Manhattan

Preakness Manhattan can be considered as an evolution of the well-known classic Manhattan cocktail.

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Ad Astra

Here’s another riff on the classic Aviation cocktail.

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Argentina

A aromatic and gentle cocktail, perfect for the winter season.

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Rosina Ferrario No. 203

Rosina Ferrario No. 203 pays homage to aviation and the delicate allure of Crème de violette. This Italian twist on the Aviation, a pioneer in its cocktail category, bears the name of Rosina Ferrario, the trailblazing Italian woman who secured her pilot’s license back in 1913, flying the Caproni monoplane under license number 203.

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The Exotic Teapot

The Exotic Teapot offers a fusion of Irish whiskey and the aromatic essence of Rooibos. It’s a refreshing experience with an intriguing twist, thanks to the subtle spice notes imparted by Yellow Chartreuse.

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Vancouver

Vancouver is one of the few cities with its own signature cocktail, a drink that, like the mythical Phoenix, enjoys periods of obscurity only to resurface. Interestingly, this cocktail is just a tad younger than the city itself—almost a century old, or perhaps even older, given the shrouded origins of its first mix. With Vancouver holding such significance in my heart, I couldn’t resist sharing the tale of this connected concoction.

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Blue Lady

The Blue Lady cocktail emerges as a vibrant member of the colorful Lady lineage, with Victor Cabrin as its creative force. While the origin of the White Lady cocktail remains draped in the veils of history, Victor was undoubtedly enamored with “ladies” in the world of cocktails, birthing several hued variations, including the Blue Lady.

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Fallen Leaves

As night frosts usher in the transformation from fall to winter and trees bid farewell to their last leaves, the opportune moment to savor the Fallen Leaves cocktail emerges.

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Angel’s Share

In the meticulous production process of cognac, one pivotal stage involves the maturation of the spirit in oak barrels.

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Spring Revival

This year, spring has gracefully danced in a month later than its usual schedule, but this tardiness doesn’t diminish the joy of welcoming it with the third cocktail in my spring mini-series.

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Apple Blossom, recipe by R.G. Buckby

This spring has unfolded with an unusual cadence, but we must embrace its unique rhythm. Nonetheless, the apple trees have burst into blossoms, beckoning us to savor the Apple Blossom cocktail in the latest installment of our spring cocktail mini-series.

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Spring Feeling

Spring has graced us with its presence once more, and as the trees burst into bloom, it’s time to unveil a new mini-series of spring cocktails.

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White Lady

The White Lady cocktail proudly resides in the coveted category of “The Unforgettables,” as per the IBA classification. This timeless and elegant libation first graced the cocktail scene a century ago and continues to hold a distinguished position among cocktail enthusiasts.

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Lunar Shadow

As we reminisce about awe-inspiring cosmic phenomena, such as the unforgettable solar eclipse of 2017, it’s only fitting that we pair these wonders of nature with a corresponding drink, or invent one if it doesn’t yet exist.

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Bee’s Knee

The phrase “Bee’s Knee” made its debut in the 18th century, serving as a whimsical synonym for something exceedingly small. After all, bees do indeed sport rather petite knees, making the expression quite fitting.

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Paper Plane

The Paper Plane is a contemporary riff on the resurgent American classic, the Last Word, which still holds a cherished spot as my personal favorite cocktail. So, when the Paper Plane appeared on the scene, it was simply impossible to resist the temptation to give it a try.

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Champagne Cobbler

This Champagne Cobbler is a special dedication to my dear friend Rouslan, an ardent admirer of this classic libation. His passionate enthusiasm prompted me to break my prolonged silence on this delightful subject, and I present this concoction with sheer astonishment.

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Clover Club

Behold, another entrancing member of the gin-sour cocktail family, a category that I hold dear. Now, let not its striking pink hue and delicate foamy crown deceive you. This cocktail, originally crafted by and for gentlemen, exudes strength and tartness. Yet, do not be misled, for these qualities do not preclude its appeal to the fairer sex; I, for one, am a fervent admirer.

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Apple Blossom, recipe by Difford’s Guide

As the sakura blossoms gently fall, marking the culmination of their fleeting beauty, the apple trees burst forth in full bloom, announcing the arrival of spring’s crescendo. It is within this seasonal symphony that we unveil the third act of our spring mini-series: the Apple Blossom cocktail.

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Sakura Martini

In this very moment, the Sakura trees grace us with a peak of blossoms so mesmerizing, it would be a disservice not to celebrate them. Thus, it is with great pleasure that we introduce the second chapter of our spring mini-series: the Sakura Martini.

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April Shower

As the age-old English proverb so aptly puts it, “March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers.” With spring gracing us with its warm sun, blossoms, and myriad pleasures, despite lingering traces of winter’s grip, I thought it the perfect time to embark on a delightful mini-series of spring cocktails. Our journey begins with the refreshingly elegant April Shower.

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Maiden’s Blush

Maiden’s Blush stands as a testament to the enduring allure of gin-sour cocktails, a category that has captured my heart. This classic libation found its debut in the hallowed pages of Harry Craddock’s timeless 1930 opus, “The Savoy Cocktail Book.”

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Mary Pickford

Mary Pickford, an icon of the silent film era, graced the silver screen as a renowned actress, producer, and Academy Award winner. She co-founded two movie companies and embodied excellence in every facet of her life.

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Pink Flirtini

Today marks February 14, the day of love, roses, and chocolates – Valentine’s Day. On such a special occasion, I couldn’t resist crafting something thematic – a drink that’s pink, light, bubbly, and fittingly named.

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Orange Blossom

Today marks the Lunar New Year, a momentous occasion as the steadfast Ox replaces the lively Rat in the zodiac cycle. May this transition bring forth positive changes and abundant blessings.

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Casino

The Casino cocktail, a delightful variation of the classic Aviation, offers a twist where the enchanting Crème de violette gracefully steps aside to make room for the invigorating presence of Orange Bitters. In this transformation, the fragrant essence of Seville oranges replaces the previously dominant aroma of Parma violets.

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Moose Milk

Do you possess an affection for milkshakes? If so, you’re already on the path to understanding the culinary culture of the Canadian Armed Forces. Fear not, there’s no need for expertise in milking moose for this one.

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Dry Martini

“A martini should always be stirred, not shaken, so that the molecules lie sensuously on top of one another.” These words, attributed to Somerset Maugham, encapsulate the timeless allure of the martini, also described as “the elixir of quietude” by E. B. White and “the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet” by H. L. Mencken.

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Last Word

As we prepare to say goodbye to a challenging year, what better way to raise a glass than with the aptly named “Last Word”? But let’s not limit its merits to nomenclature; this cocktail has taken its place among my favorites.

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Ornamentini

As the holiday season approaches, I embarked on a quest to find the perfect, seasonally inspired cocktail, and that’s when I stumbled upon the Ornamentini. Not only is this cocktail rich in flavor, but its unique and decorative presentation makes it a star at any celebration.

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Rob Roy

Rob Roy, the eponymous cocktail bearing the name of the Scottish folk hero Robert Roy MacGregor, pays homage to a man whose legacy has transcended the realms of literature, music, monuments, and even spirits like Scotch whisky.

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Aviation

Aviation is a forgotten and reborn American classic.

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Bicicletta

After racking up thousands of kilometers on my bike odometer (I must clarify I’m not a cycling enthusiast, and spinning pedals isn’t my go-to sport), there’s a cocktail I simply can’t ignore: the Bicicletta, which fittingly means “bicycle” in Italian.

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Nosferatu

As promised, here’s the second vampire-inspired cocktail for the night of the macabre. The first can be found here, along with my musings on vampires as a whole, with a particular focus on Nosferatu.

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Nosferatu blood

As the darkest night falls upon the Earth, shrouding it in a veil of horror and the undead’s feast, we find ourselves at the convergence of various traditions: Samhain, All Saints’ Eve, The Day of the Dead, and Halloween—all part of one spectacular worldwide celebration. I simply couldn’t resist the opportunity to contribute to the revelry.

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Glacier Sunset and Glacier Sunrise

While the allure of classic cocktails is eternal and invigorating, there are moments when you yearn to usher in something fresh and novel. It was during my summer sojourn amidst the magnificent glaciers that inspiration struck, birthing a new cocktail concept. As the recipe fine-tuning progressed, this newfound libation spontaneously bifurcated into two distinct yet harmonious creations: the Glacier Sunrise and the Glacier Sunset.

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Mojito

Perhaps, it’s fitting to place this article after the one about the Daiquiri and accompany it with Hemingway’s iconic phrase, “My mojito in La Bodeguita, my daiquiri in El Floridita,” bearing the great author’s signature. This famous inscription in Hemingway’s alleged handwriting adorns the walls of La Bodeguita bar in Havana, drawing in tourists and their currency. Intriguingly, Hemingway was indeed known to while away his hours with a glass of Daiquiri at El Floridita, but he did not partake in Mojitos at La Bodeguita. You see, the Mojito didn’t align with Hemingway’s penchant for potent, less sugary libations. The inscription is a deceptive ruse conjured up by the bar’s owner, making it a fitting epigraph for an article on the art of successful promotional trickery. What a pity.

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Daiquiri

December marked my third visit to the enchanting Key West, the farthest populated island within the Florida Keys archipelago. I’ve always had an affinity for Florida, having graced its sun-kissed shores many times, and each sojourn never seems enough. But a third venture to Key West? It’s a petite island, wholly encompassed by a charming town. The sunsets are magnificent, the ambiance delightful, so why a third visit? The answer lies in an unfinished chapter from my previous trips—I had missed the opportunity to share a libation with the ghost of Hemingway.

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Aperol Spritz

As summer approaches, and in some regions, arrives with its full blaze, it’s time to turn our thoughts toward something as light, refreshing, and radiant as the season itself. Consider the Aperol Spritz, the quintessential summer cocktail of Northern Italy. It’s often said that Italians possess an innate understanding of summer’s essence, and this drink, with its cheerful orange hue, is a testament to that claim.

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Pisco Sour

My first encounter with the Pisco Sour occurred in the vibrant country of Chile, where this cocktail is ubiquitously served, and it still evokes fond memories of my South American adventures. The Pisco Sour reigns as the most beloved cocktail in South America, yet it stands at the center of a spirited debate between Peru and Chile, just like its core spirit – Pisco (for more insights on Pisco, delve into this article).

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Grog

Grog, a libation that emerged from the annals of the Royal Navy, stands as a testament to the symbiotic relationship between alcohol and maritime history.

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Feuerzangenbowle, fire-tongs punch

As winter stubbornly clings to our shores, I continue my exploration of the delightful realm of hot mulled wines and other soul-warming beverages. Feuerzangenbowle stands as a captivating jewel among traditional German drinks, stemming from the heartwarming concept of gluhwein, the beloved hot mulled wine.

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Mulled Wine

As winter suddenly blankets our West Coast with its pristine snow and icy fingers, it’s the perfect time to delve into the world of mulled wine – and more importantly, to savor this aromatic elixir that promises to stave off the chill. Known as mulled wine, gluhwein, glogg, bisschopswijn, izvar, vin chaud, and bearing numerous other names, it’s the heartwarming nectar enjoyed in almost every corner of the world where wine flows and the weather sometimes commands a comforting, heated libation.

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Eggnog

As December envelops the world in festive decorations, illuminates countless homes with the twinkle of holiday lights, and drives shoppers into a whirlwind of excitement, it heralds the return of a beloved tradition in countries touched by the British Empire’s influence – eggnog.

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Sangria

In the embrace of summer, under the radiant sun and amidst the warmth, our cravings lean towards the vibrant, the rich, and the refreshing. It’s the season for Sangria.

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