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Tasty Tartar Sauce

Tasty Tartar Sauce
Recipe type: condiment
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A quick and easy, and most importantly, tasty tartar sauce.
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp seedy mustard
  • juice from ½ lemon
  • 3 mini gerkin pickles, finely diced
  • 1 green onion - trimmed then finely sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Mix all ingredients together well, and serve. Store in refrigerator.


Tasty Scotch & Coffee combo!

Came across an article, Four Smooth, Boozy, Coffe-spiked Cocktails, and made up a Talisman. I didn’t follow the instructions exactly I don’t think (I added ice to the shaker), since my cocktail turned out looking like a creamy latte with a nice foamy head 🙂

The taste Was delicious! Creamy, and a touch of heat, almost like a mexican hot chocolate 🙂


  • 1.5 oz scotch
  • .5 oz Drambuie
  • .75 oz agave syrup
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Freshly brewed shot of espresso

Add all ingredients to a shaker half-filled with ice, and shake well for 20-30 seconds.
Pour into a chilled coupe, and enjoy!

Mole Daquiri

Received my Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters today, and had to try them out. Haven’t found a bottle of mescal yet, so I thought I’d try something different.

On the Bittermen’s website, they have a recipe – New England Daiquiri, but I had no premium rum, or maple syrup on hand. So this is what I came up with 🙂

Mole Daquiri
Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 1
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  • 2 oz. Lemon Hart rum
  • 2 tsp. agave syrup
  • 1 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2-3 dashes Bittermen's Xocolatl Mole bitters
  • 1 Luxardo maraschino cherry for garnish
  • 1 barspoon Luxardo marschino cherry syrup
  1. Add rum, lemon juice and bitters to shaker ½ full of ice
  2. Shake well for 20 - 30 seconds
  3. Add crushed ice to coupe glass (1/2 full)
  4. Pour strained drink into glass.
  5. Add cherry and drizzle 1 barspoon of cherry syrup over cherry

 Made another variation – 

2 oz. Lemon Hart

1/2 oz. Cointreau 

1/4 oz. agave syrup

1 oz. lime juice

2-4 drops Bittermen’s Xocolatl Mole bitters

Garnish : lemon wheel


Well, that dinner at Wood Work back in June did it!

A few different kinds of bitters are in the cupboard, a couple different vermouths are in the fridge, some new glassware, cocktail shaker, mixing glass, barspoons, jiggers…. and the momentum hasn’t really slowed down!  Waiting for a couple large ice cube trays, mole bitters…

In my bookshelf, I’ve added some books:

pdt-cocktail-book The PDT Cocktail Book (Hardcover)

12-bottle-bar The 12 Bottle Bar (Paperback)


I bought hard copies of PDT & 12 Bottle Bar, but wish I had them electronically as well – to search and look up recipes from my iPad or phone.  I bought the Kindle version of Death & Co., but I think it’s still nice to be able to pick up a book and enjoy the original presentation of the books authors.  Wish buying books was like buying new vinyl albums – where they typically include digital downloads.

The 12 Bottle Bar is a great book to start with, if you’re just buying one book.  The recipes are grouped by the main spirit used in the recipes, and contains most of the classic cocktail recipes.

The PDT Cocktail Book and the Death & Co. books are great reading, providing more back story about a couple of important cocktail bars in New York City.  It’s interesting to read about how some cocktail recipes come about, and they provide information and recipes on making syrups and other ingredients used in some of the drinks.

Now we’re also looking at bar cabinets  – something that will store the tools, glassware, and bottles – that opens up as a prep and serving station.

Another  case of both feet 🙂