cocktail recipe


We adapted this recipe from Death & Co.: Modern Classic Cocktails, a book born from one of our favorite NYC cocktail bars. 

The Bee's Knees is a super crowd pleaser with the best name. What better way to show some love than to mix someone up a cocktail that tells them you think they're the bee's knees, no!? This drink is like a grown up version of lemonade with honey to sweeten it instead of sugar. Death & Co.'s version gets a sophisticated twist with the addition of lavender bitters, but the classic without is just as delicious. I still remember the first one I had at Niagara Bar in the East Village.

Today, we've served it up from my home bar in our Hometown Glasses with Austin hand-engraved on them. 



Recipe adapted from the Death & Co. cocktail book

2 oz Tanqueray London Dry Gin
3/4 oz lemon juice
3/4 oz honey syrup*
3 drops Scrappy's Lavender Bitters
1 Brandied Cherry

Shake all ingredients with ice, then strain into a coupe. Garnish with cherry.

*To make honey syrup: In a container with tight closure, combine 2 cups of honey with 1 cup of warm water. Shake until honey is fully dissolved. 





pictured above: our Hometown Glasses in Austin and custom engraved Gin & Lemon Juice decanters like these.


Aviation Cocktail Recipe

In our house, the springtime drink of choice is an Aviation cocktail, jokingly referred to by Willy as an Aviator. I correct him every time, even though I know he's doing it just to get my goat. Knows me too well.

It's the prettiest purple color, and I love the way the maraschino cherry looks at the bottom of the glass. We like to drink them with friends in our backyard. They're a total crowd pleaser, sort of a Gin Sour with the lemon juice and the maraschino to add some sweetness. We mix up a whole batch so we can enjoy ourselves and keep on pouring.


Aviation # 1

2 oz gin
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
3/8 oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur
3/8 oz creme de violette

Combine ingredients over ice. Shake and serve up. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Cold Brew Coffee Cocktail: The Morehouse

Today's cocktail recipe was concocted by my very dear friend Amanda Clarke. She's a stellar pastry chef who left New York City (boo hoo) for an amazing farm upstate that she and her husband Cory have been working on for the past few years. Every once in a while, I like to go up and visit her – we have the BEST time antiquing, boozing it up, and catching up. And, might I mention that a chef is not a bad pal to have? The place is like a veritable bed & breakfast!!! Hello, pancakes cooked in bacon fat. 

Amanda's come up with a cocktail recipe that's perfect for a weekend morning — a little coffee, a little Bourbon — what else do you need to start the day off right? Enjoy!


After my husband and I moved out of the city a few years back, we started digging into the history of our new home. In our researches we were particularly thrilled to find out about a band of counterfeiters that had operated out of this area during the colonial era: the Dover Money Club. This, we decided, would be the name of the bar that we planned to build in our barn. While lots of other projects at our new home have intervened, and the barn bar has yet to physically materialize (though it will!), our Dover Money Club gained its official existence when our dear friend Meg bestowed us with these badass custom Love & Victory glasses.

When asked to write a drink post for the blog, since I planned to use those special glasses, I wanted to make sure that the drink I developed was of this place as much as possible. This brought me immediately to Crown Maple syrup, which is made right here in our little town and is also, to my mind, the finest maple syrup available (not that I'd kick ANY maple syrup out of bed). I've also incorporated dairy from Hudson Valley Fresh, a cooperative on the other side of our county; Irving Farm coffee, roasted a few towns north in Millerton; and had I been on the ball, I might've used some Millbrook Distilleries bourbon, from the next town to the north and east, too. However, I was not on the ball, so I used what I had on hand.

Anyhow, in honor of Elisha Morehouse, a purported member of the original Dover Money Club and proprietor of the Morehouse Tavern – a somewhat notable establishment (Washington met with his generals there) that once stood only a mile or so from where I now write – and as a nod to Meggy, a Moorhouse of a different spelling but just, here is The Morehouse cocktail.

The Morehouse 

(serves 1)

1 oz cold-brew coffee hooch*
1 oz bourbon**
½ oz maple syrup
1 oz half & half

Shake ingredients vigorously with lots of ice.
Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
Enjoy your breakfast.

*For the cold-brew coffee hooch: combine 4 parts whiskey or other liquor of your choice with 1 part freshly ground coffee (i.e. 2 cups whiskey: ½ cup coffee); stir vigorously; cover and refrigerate for about 12 hours; pour through a coffee filter-lined strainer or Chemex; gently squeeze the grounds in the filter to extract as much liquid as possible; done. I haven't tested it, but this stuff should store pretty well in an airtight container in the fridge or some other cool, dark spot.

Alternatively, you could use an ounce of strong coffee in place of the coffee hooch, but where's the fun in that?!

**I used our house “bourbon”, Pendleton blended Canadian whiskey (the same thing I used to make the coffee hooch), which I think has some subtle hints of maple and vanilla that lend it to this particular concoction, but your favorite brown liquor or even vodka (this is kind of a take on the good ol' White Russian, after all) should make a thoroughly tasty quaff.