Sort by:
★’s or more

A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

Fears and Failures

1⁄2 oz Lemon juice
1⁄4 oz Honey syrup (1:1)

Shake and strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Top with ~2 1/2 oz Notch Saison beer. Stir.


Light on alcohol, this cocktail is pretty refreshing. I've topped it with other ales and holds up well---try a kolsch!

Curator rating
Not yet rated
Average rating
3.5 stars
(3 ratings)

From the Knowledge Vault

All The Gin Joints by Michael Turback

New Spins on Gin from America’s Best Bars

I enjoyed reading an advance copy of Michael Turback’s All The Gin Joints: New Spins on Gin from America’s Best Bars (ISBN 978-1466282988), a book celebrating gin with “101 artisanal cocktails.” Mr. Turback writes in a light, engaging style, weaving quotes from Casablanca through the prologue and the brief history of gin that front the cocktail recipes. A small fairly complete section covers proper bartending tools, material which should be familiar to people who love cocktails.

The cocktails themselves range from the staggeringly simple “Wolf’s Bite”, (3 parts gin, 2 parts grapefruit juice, and 1 part Green Chartreuse) to the almost comically complex “Daikon Dream”, which has intrepid home mixologists stirring up dongchimi broth, taking two full days to ferment at room temperature.

That’s not to say that there aren’t some intriguing drinks in this book. I am honored to know all of the Texas bartenders in the book, and Bobby Heugel’s “Smitten” is not only delicious, but within the abilities of the home cocktail-maker. Likewise, Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s “East of Eden” takes an gin sour with equal parts citrus and syrup, but enhances the white flower aromatics of St. Germain with a floral-lychee scented Gewurztraminer reduction. There are some cocktails in “All The Gin Joints” that combine deliciousness and ease of construction into a pleasant whole.

Recent Additions

  • Basic Bitch — Vodka, Cassis, Elderflower liqueur, Club soda, Lemon juice
  • The Williamsburg — Bourbon, Sweet vermouth, Dry vermouth, Herbal liqueur
  • Colonial Ties — Rye, Jamaican rum, Orange bitters, Absinthe, Brown sugar, Soda water, Lemon peel
  • Bitter Tears — Japanese Whisky, Light rum, Cynar, Salt, Grapefruit peel
  • North Sea Oil — Aquavit, Aromatized wine, Islay Scotch, Triple sec, Grapefruit peel

Recent Discussion

  • Re Golden Grove, 4 hours 41 minutes ago Craig E commented:

    Since Alpenz was the source of the drink in the first place, I've curated this to follow suit on the name change.

  • Re Golden Grove, 21 hours 34 minutes ago yarm commented:

    Now called the less colorful "Golden Grove" on Haus Alpenz's site.

  • Re Stinger, 1 day ago yarm commented:

    William Schmidt has a similar combination of Cognac, crème de menthe, and gum syrup under a different name (The Judge). The Stinger itself was +/- 1910 with the earliest reference that I have being Jacques Straub 1914. I'll parse the Oxford Companion entry later.

  • Re Pocket Square, 2 days ago yarm commented:

    Reminds me of a Ciociaro for Campari Eeyore's Requiem in Sour format on paper but comes across like a reverse Jasmine Cocktail in the glass. Not sure why this one didn't make the cut for his book.

  • Re Vaseline, 3 days ago lesliec commented:

    Behave yourself, young Craig!