The Barbados Buck

Hmm…now that I type it out, that name sounds a little racist. But bucks, as a category, are merely drinks featuring a base spirit, citrus juice, and ginger beer or ginger ale. And this drink is really nothing more than a more fancily-named rum buck. It comes from Charles Baker’s The Gentleman’s Companion, although he certainly…

The Eastern Sour

The Eastern Sour was a Trader Vic creation that dates from the heyday of Tiki, the 1950s. It’s one of a relatively rare group of Tiki drinks that features whiskey instead of rum as a base spirit. The recipe, as usual with Tiki drinks, comes from Jeff Berry, and can be found in his indispensable Beachbum Berry…

Cherry Old-Fashioned

I saw this drink in a New York Times piece yesterday and, since I had cherries on hand, decided to give it a shot. While the recipe calls for sour cherries, I only had Bing cherries available. But, since I tend to like my old-fashioneds a touch on the sweet side, I didn’t think this…

The Water Lily

I spent most of the day yesterday, along with my lovely wife, installing double traverse curtain rods and hanging curtains. It was an arduous, if ultimately rewarding, process, but we were left with a powerful thirst and a need for something quite refreshing. Normally, I’d turn to a Pimm’s Cup, but since it has been…