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A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

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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

  • Chorrizo Lopez — Blended Scotch, Crème de Violette, Lemon bitters, Citron liqueur, Lime cordial
  • 9th Floor B/504 — Herbal liqueur, Aromatized wine, Cranberry bitters, Pomegranate juice, Lavender syrup
  • 32nd Street — Gin, Junmai Sake, Dark Crème de Cacao, Lime cordial, Lemongrass
  • Jungle Booby — Blanco tequila, Mezcal, Absinthe, Pineapple juice, Lime juice, Grapefruit juice, Orgeat
  • Clear My Head — Cognac, Amaro Montenegro, Maraschino Liqueur, Herbal liqueur, Lemon bitters

Recent Discussion

  • Re Last Word, 5 days 6 hours ago Craig E commented:

    Abigail Gullo makes a Last Laugh by straining this into a champagne flute and topping with cava, with a lime twist.

  • Re The Smoked 45, 6 days ago Biff Malibu commented:

    Quite sweet - dropped Cointreau to 0.5 oz

  • Re Tolkien, 6 days 18 hours ago lesliec commented:

    It's good you guys aren't just Tolkien in your sleep.

  • Re Gathering Storm, 6 days 22 hours ago subspot commented:

    Might need a little more sweetness, very dry as is with my pineapple gomme syrup from Cocktail Codex which is a 1-1 sugar to pineapple juice (with added acid and gum powder). Almost a bit too christmasy, but very good.

  • Re Champs Elysées, 1 week ago yarm commented:

    Note: the drink was first published as Green Chartreuse but it is far superior with Yellow to my palate, so that's how I (and most folks) make it.