Coconut Fat Wash

Coconut Fat Wash

By Dr. Elixir Mixing cocktails at home can easily result in your cocktails matching or exceeding cocktails served in most restaurants.  A technique that has been around for a long time that is now coming back in fashion is “fat washing” the alcohol.  This is an easy to do technique that has the unique benefits of softening the harshness of ...
All-American

All-American

In 2015, at the Burlington, VT, farmer’s market, I was introduced to the best vodka I ever tasted. It was called Literary Dog, and it was created and produced by David Howe at his farm, which later became known as Elm Brook Farm. Their vodka was derived from maple syrup and distilled 23 times. I was so impressed by their ...
Blue Velvet

Blue Velvet

It’s that time of year when some of us take a vacation to a warm and sunny destination, some of us travel to even colder places to participate in outdoor sports, and some of us simply stay put. With that in mind, I created a cocktail that can work in any climate or location. Whatever your plans are this holiday ...
Spritz

Spritz

This is one of the most popular drinks on Jay Street Café’s spring and summer menu. Serves two. 2 oz. orange blossom pomegranate syrup 2 oz. elderflower liqueur, such as St. Germaine Prosecco Club soda Edible flowers for garnish Pour the first two ingredients evenly into two wine glasses. Add Prosecco, almost to the top. Top off with club soda, ...
The Strawberry Cobbler

The Strawberry Cobbler

The Inn at Pound Ridge’s Millwood says he created this drink based on his girlfriend’s request for “something strawberry.” Serves two. 2 strawberries 1 oz. simple syrup 1 ½ oz. lemon juice 1 oz. aloe liquor ½ oz. blood orange liqueur 3 oz. white rum Place the strawberries and simple syrup in a shaker, then muddle the strawberries to a ...
Jayloma

Jayloma

Another popular drink during the spring/summer at Jay Street Café, this one focuses on one of the trendiest cocktail ingredients, mezcal. Serves two. 4 oz. mezcal 4 oz. grapefruit-flavored syrup 1 ½ oz. lime juice 4 whole sage leaves Tajín Clasico chili salt Club soda 2 lime wedges Add all ingredients to the shaker and fill with ice. Shake well ...
Zen Merge

Zen Merge

Hewins developed this cocktail for his wife Maria Elena, using her favorite flavors. Serves two. 3 oz. white agave syrup 3 oz. mixture of fresh lemon and lime juice 6 oz. vodka 2 two-inch pieces of cucumber, peeled and chopped 15-20 fresh mint leaves 2 slender spears of peeled cucumber 2 mint sprigs In a shaker, muddle the chopped cucumber ...
Connecting at the Bar: Shake it Up

Connecting at the Bar: Shake it Up

Writing by Cathy Deutsch Photography by Justin Negard Dust off your martini shaker, fire up your ice maker and join the latest trend in libations: cocktails. But please don’t settle for just any cocktail, try the ones featuring tequila and Bourbon – they’re the leaders of the pack in our neck of the woods, according to local liquor stores and ...
Summer's Fall

Summer’s Fall

Summer's Fall Just when you think crisp fall days and cooler nights are upon us, that last dose of hot and humid summer air returns. What’s a person to do? Maybe combine the best of summer and fall in your cocktail… Dr. ElixirDownload & Printhttps://connecttomag.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/P2070714-copy-225x300.jpg Ingredients Serves: Two 1 ounce pear brandy 1 ounce apple brandy 1 ounce apple cider ...
Mai Tai

Mai Tai

Photography by Justin Negard On a hot summer day, I find classic tropical drinks very refreshing, and a Mai Tai is one of my favorites. This version is only slightly different from the standard recipe as I’ve added pineapple liqueur to the mix.  To elevate the drink from “poolside bar” to “cocktail worth bragging about,” focus on your ingredients – ...
Blueberry Sour

Blueberry Sour

Blueberry Sour Last year, I began making my own liqueurs. I’ve made blood orange, cherry, watermelon, lavender and blueberry. They’re simple to make and taste much better than the store-bought version. I’m on my second batch of blueberry liqueur, and this drink is one of my favorites.Download & Printhttps://connecttomag.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/Blueberry-sour.jpg Ingredients Serves: Two 2 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice 4 oz ...
From Brazil, with Love

From Brazil, with Love

From Brazil, with Love Carnival season and Valentine’s Day are right around the corner. So naturally, my thoughts turn to love. Brazilians are passionate lovers who live life to the fullest, and Valentine’s Day is all about treasuring the ones you love. I encourage you to celebrate the season of love with my take on Brazil’s national drink, the Caipirinha, ...