Recipes

THE HUDSON

North of Manhattan lies the Hudson River Valley, home to historic estates, granite cliffs, former factory towns, orchards, undulating farmland, and a hundred other things worth seeing. For this rich, herb-fueled take on the Manhattan, the Hudson River Valley seemed like the perfect touchstone for its name. INGREDIENTS 2 1/2 ounces rye whiskey 1/2 ounces amaro averna 1/2 ounces benedictine […]
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THE HURRICANE COCKTAIL

And now the Bob Dylan anthem is rattling in my head, forcing my toe to percussively tap to its beat.  The song has nothing to do with this cocktail, but the force and thrust of its rhythm feels right. Don’t let the saturated tropical colors of this cocktail fool you: it’s a mean one.  Originally created as a cheap and […]
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THE JUNGLE BIRD

Visiting Toronto often is one of my favorite perks of my job(s). At this point, I have a favorite neighborhood, favorite restaurants, favorite streets, and even a favorite apartment I always try to rent. It’s walking distance from Rhum Corner, a delicious Haitian inspired bar and restaurant on Dundas, in the hipster-ish (gosh we need a new word for that) […]
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THE NEROLI

My friend Jason Neroni is the king of flipping flavors and creating something new. At his restaurant, Catch and Release, he does just that all over the menu (everything bagel dusted burrata, for instance).  My favorite moment of his evil genius is in the form of The Neroni, a playful twist on a negroni, with the addition of pistachio infused […]
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THE PENICILLIN

This cures what ails you.  The honey and lemon are soothing, the ginger clears everything out, and the scotch – well I’m not exactly sure what the scotch does, but it certainly doesn’t hurt the situation. HOW TO MAKE A PENICILLIN: INGREDIENTS For 1 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice 3/4 ounce honey 2 ounces blended scotch (I used Famous Grouse) […]
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THE PINEAPPLE SMASH

Smokey mezcal and chipotle are balanced out by rum and pineapple honeyed sweetness. This is sort of like a “south of the border” old fashioned, with some island vibes thrown in.  INGREDIENTS 2 chunks pineapple angostura bitters 1 big pinch chipotle powder 2 ounces mezcal 1 ounce rum 1 teaspoon maraschino DIRECTIONS Muddle the pineapple, bitters, and chipotle in the […]
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THE REDHEAD

Spicy, sweet, and a lovely fire engine red, it also happens to be the only beet juice I enjoy. I love roasted beets, but beet juice is always too earthy for me. But the tomato and lime add a nice zip and lightness to everything, and the spice from the Jalapeño is just lovely.  INGREDIENTS For 1 1/2 cups 2 […]
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