Cuba Libre

¡Viva la Revolución!

Everyone has probably had a Cuba Libre but chances are they don’t know it.  According to Bacardi it is the worlds second most popular drink.  If it was good enough for Teddy Roosevelt then it is certainly good enough for us.  A properly made Cuba Libre is better than the bowling alley rum & coke you always regret ordering.  I like using Mexican Coke and a spiced rum but really any cola and rum will work.


  •  2 oz rum
  • 1 cola beverage
  • 1 lime wedge
  • Ice



Before you mix your drink squeeze a little lime into your highball glass then give the lime  a very gentle muddling in the glass.  Take the lime out and shake the glass a bit to coat it with the lime juice.  Add ice to your glass then pour the rum over it and top it off with your cola.  Garnish with your abused lime wedge. Refreshing!

Aviation Cocktail

An elegant cocktail for a more civilized age

The aviation cocktail is something of a forgotten concoction.  Gin, lemon and some exotic flavors combine for a very adventurous experience.  Due to the obscure and until recently unavailable liquors it has not been widely made for quite some time but it has come back.  If you can’t find creme de violette in your area it can be omitted but don’t try to substitute juice from neon cherries for the maraschino liquor as they are not similar.


  • 2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz maraschino liquor
  • 1/4 oz creme de violette



Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with some ice and give it a good shake.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, then garnish with either a lemon peel or a brandied cherry.


I love scotch.  Scotchy Scotch Scotch.

There is not much of a recipe for scotch but there are generally no instructions on the bottle.  Just in case you are tempted to try pouring it in your ear or something here is how to dispense scotch.
  1. Find a glass.  If you are a fancy pants you probably have a Glencairn whisky glass.  I don’t so I use a rocks glass.
  2. Put 1 icecube in said glass.  While you don’t have to use a Han Solo carbonite ice cube it’s more fun if you do.  If you have whisky stones you probably don’t need to read this.
  3. Pour scotch in glass.
  4. Enjoy!