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RECENT COCKTAILS: OCTOBER 19, 2011
Batavia Arrack, Maraschino Liqueur, Peychaud's Bitters, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Egg white, Lemon peel
Genever, Elderflower liqueur, Fernet Branca, Orange bitters
Gin, Amaro Nardini, Sweet vermouth
Bourbon, Amaro Nardini, Simple syrup, Mint
Rye, Apple brandy, Herbal liqueur, Sweet vermouth, Bitters
OCTOBER 12, 2011
Rye, Ginger liqueur, Fernet Branca, Lemon juice
OCTOBER 10, 2011
Gin, Aquavit, Herbal liqueur, Lemon juice, Lemon peel
OCTOBER 9, 2011
Rum, Chinato, Triple sec, Bitters
OCTOBER 8, 2011
Aquavit, Applejack, Sweet vermouth, Herbal liqueur, Bitters, Lemon peel
OCTOBER 6, 2011
Gin, Chinato, Peychaud's Bitters

A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

From the Knowledge Vault

Beta Cocktails by Maks Pazuniak and Kirk Estopinal

Are you a bartender that wants to find that one drink to add to your menu to make your local cocktail nerd swoon? Or maybe you're the jaded home mixer who's tried so many Manhattan variations you are sure they are running out of areas of New York? Behold: Beta Cocktails. Originally published in 2009 as Rogue Cocktails, the book is a collaboration between Maks Pasuniak and Kirk Estopinal, who met while tending bar in New Orleans. They combined a handful of their own recipes with some of their favorite boundary-pushing offerings from their colleagues and slapped the whole thing together as a self-published mini-book. Everything seemed great until Rogue Brewery came calling with a trademark infringement complaint, and Beta Cocktails was born.

Recent Additions

  • Bogged Down Mule — Bison grass vodka, Cranberry liqueur, Bitters, Ginger beer, Lime juice, Simple syrup
  • Tropical Popsicle — Japanese Whisky, Aperol, Seltzer water, Passion fruit syrup, Lime juice
  • Jolly Jane — Blended Scotch, Sweet vermouth, Sherry, CioCiaro, Orange peel
  • Duty Call — Shochu, Umeshu, Orange bitters, Yuzu juice, Rich simple syrup 2:1, Sugar
  • Bernheim Buck — Wheat Whiskey, Strawberry, Ginger beer, Simple syrup, Lime juice, Lime

Recent Discussion

  • Re Anchorita, 3 days ago HallA commented:

    Well-balanced sweetness, which I was somewhat surprised with and thought would be too sweet. Tastes about what you would expect it to.

  • Re Red Head, 4 days ago Aviation__1952 commented:

    WOW !! I am definitely liking this one !! The more ingredients, the better !! Lots and Lots of room for slight variations of this and that and something else in order to bring subtle changes to the overall flavor signature to make happy the individual palate. Simple, complex, and so filled with opportunity !!

  • Re Quadrophenia, 4 days ago Shawn C commented:

    I finally made some Amer Boudreau a few weeks ago as per the recipes posted on line (Ramazotti and dried orange peel tincture.) This week while in Tennessee I also picked up some Old Forester Bohemian Bitters as called for in the Paste article. Having these components in hand, plus Four Roses Bourbon, I remade per the spec. I was quite pleased at the result, the drier nature of the Amer Boudreau was a better match than sweeter Bigallet China-China Amer. The bitters fit right in. I'll bump my rating up to 5 stars.

  • Re Blackberry Whiskey Smash, 4 days ago jsk commented:

    Don't muddle/shake the mint unless you like that grassy chlorophyl flavor. Just slap it and add to the glass (like a mojito). Also 2 oz rye.

  • Re Procrastination, 4 days ago sheila.scully@… commented:

    I like this one a lot and have been using 2 oz gin, 1/2 oz Dolin Dry, 1/2 oz homemade limoncello and 1/2 oz Genepy since Chartreuse has been hard to come by lately.