Ballet Russe

Coming in pretty late this evening with the “Ballet Russe.” A Vodka and Creme de Cassis based cocktail with a sour tart flavor and a dark and mysterious color. The citrus juices create a foam when shaken that decorates the top of the drink, and smells slightly of sweet/sour mix.

A tart berry taste quickly moves to a sour and bitter finish as the taste of black currents rolls through your palette. Very few drinks I’ve found use any more than 1/2 an ounce of the stuff, but the citrus juices and syrup round this drink out well. I believe this drink could easily be remixed with other flavors such as raspberry, mint, or coconut (rum).

Alcohol Rating: 5-6/10
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
Make it Again? Yes, possible menu option

Ballet Russe

1 oz Vodka
3/4 oz Creme de Cassis
1 1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup

Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

ballet russe

“Wait, why am I tasting cranberries?”

Southern Belle (Mocktail)

With so many heavy hitting drinks on the blog here, I decided it was about time to post a drink that someone of any age can enjoy. The “Southern Belle” is a refreshing minty drink right in time for a warm spring. The fresh mint builds an aromatic start with a traditional taste of ginger ale. As it reaches the back of your taste palette you’ll get more of the sweet mint flavor (especially if you grab a mint leaf as you sip).

This is a great one for all ages, and perfect for sitting in the afternoon sun.

Alcohol Rating: N/A
Overall Rating: 9/10

Make it again? Yes.

Southern Belle (Mocktail)

3-5 Mint Leaves
1/2 oz Sweet/Sour
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
Ginger Ale
Mint Spring

Muddle sweet/sour/ mint leaves, and simple syrup together in a rocks glass. Add ice and top with ginger ale. Garnish with a mint spring.

southern belle

“Be our guest…”

*For an alcoholic version you may want to add in 1.5 oz of bourbon.

Pedro’s Blue Island

Did I really think I’d be wearing shorts in April? Nope, but in case where you live it didn’t get unseasonably warm this weekend, here’s a tropical themed delight to at least fool your brain that you’re on the beach. Pedro’s Blue Island is a drink I’ve built based on the traditional Pedro Collins. With a light lemony upper drink (similar to lemonade) and a smoother tropical end toward the bottom, this one is worth making even if it’s not terrible warm out.

This drink features my new favorite ingredient (pineapple rum) and my old one (Dekuyper’s Island Punch Pucker).

Alcohol Rating 2-3/10
Overall Rating 9/10
Make it Again? Yes! Already on the Menu

Pedro’s Blue Island

2 oz Sweet/Sour
1.5 oz Pineapple (or Coconut) Rum
1/2 oz Island Punch Pucker
Club SodaLemon Wedge

Straight build sweet/sour, rum, and pucker in an iced Collins Glass, stir, add club soda. Garnish with lemon wedge.

pedro's blue island

Caribbean Water and a Lemon Island

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

It’s time for a “Second Cocktail Saturday!”

So today I’ve got the first original cocktail in awhile. I have been working on a few recipes, but this one came to mind pretty quickly after grabbing a bottle of Parrot Bay Pineapple Rum (which is easily one of my new favorite ingredients). Additionally it features white cake vodka, which as any mixologist knows, is a tough ingredient to work into drinks.

My new drink the “Pineapple Upside-Down Cake” is modeled after the cake itself, and takes the aroma of pineapple juice. The drink starts with a glorious pineapple and pineapple rum taste. The smooth taste works down to a harder “cake” taste, but not overpowering on the cake side. Hard enough to make you think alcohol, but smooth enough to make you think dessert (without the use of cream).

Alcohol Rating: 4/10
Overall Rating: 8.5/10
Make it Again? Yes, add to the menu!

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

1 oz White Cake Vodka
1/2 oz Pineapple Rum
3/4 oz Pineapple Juice
1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
Cherry (garnish)

Shake and Strain into a small cocktail or cordial glass. Garnish with a single cherry.

pineapple upside down cake

Let them eat pineapple cake!

Sparkling Sweet Apple Sour

Today’s cocktail is a great afternoon sipper! A modern twist on the traditional Whiskey Sour, the Sparkling Sweet Apple, adds just enough new flavor to make the classic drink more interesting. Citrus in its aroma, and a light sweet and sour taste makes this drink easy to recommend, even if you don’t really like whiskey.

Alcohol Rating: 3-4/10
Overall Rating: 8.5/10
Make again? Yes! (Available on the Current Menu v4.5)

Sparkling Sweet Apple Sour

1 ¼ oz Blended Whiskey (Canadian Club used)
¾ oz Sour Apple Pucker
2 oz sweet/sour
Lemon Wedge

Shake and strain all but sprite and lemon into a sour or cocktail glass. Splash sprite and garnish with a lemon wedge.

Sparkling Sweet Apple Sour

“Not overly fizzy either!”

Ruby Red Herring (Mocktail)

Today I bring you the first original drink in quite awhile. This is my first Mocktail creation for the morning mixologist.

Recently I bought a little white grapefruit juice to find out that as a mixer it’s far inferior to its sweeter ruby red brother. So I’ve been mixing it with simple syrup to cut back on the sourness that it inherently brings to the table. With a little grenadine and cranberry you’ve got yourself a…

Ruby Red Herring (Mocktail)

1/2 oz Simple Syrup
1/2 oz Grenadine
3 oz Cranberry Juice
Top with White Grapefruit Juice

Straight build in a lowball glass (ice if desired)

ruby red herring mocktail

No ratings, because it’s all just juice…


The jealousy is a drink unlike anything I’ve made thus far. Confusing in its taste, powerful in its components, and a great mystery drink all around.

Full Review in this months episode of the show:


1 oz Midori
1 oz Blue Curacao
¾ oz Bourbon
¾ oz Light Rum
¾ oz Gin
¾ oz Rose’s Lime Juice
1 oz Pineapple Juice
1 oz Sweet/Sour
Ginger Ale
Lemon Wedge

Shake and strain all but ginger ale into an iced pint. Squeeze lemon wedge over drink and drop it in.


It tastes like what now?