Tasty Scotch & Coffee combo!

I came across an article, Four Smooth, Boozy, Coffee-spiked Cocktails, and made up a Talisman. I didn’t follow the instructions exactly (I added ice to the shaker, and some bitters).  My resulting cocktail looked very appetizing – kind of a cross between a Guinness and 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
    Couple dashes of Xocolatl bitters

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

You Haven't Lived Until You've Sipped These 6 Must-Try Cocktails in Central Edmonton!

Will definitely have to add these to my list 🙂

  1. Bar Bricco – The Negroni Sbagliato (the Mistaken Negroni)
    Campari, Cocchi Rosso Vermouth, Ruggeri Giall’Oro Prosecco, orange
  2. Woodwork – Woodwork House Sour
    Buffalo Trace Bourbon, lemon, egg white, lapsang-honey cordial, 151 Flambé
  3. Three Boars – The Brew-vardier
    Bouron, Campari, Vermouth, Farrow’s Cold Brew Coffee
  4. North 53 – Smoke and Oak Fashioned
    Oaken Gin, smoked maple syrup, orange oil, bitters
  5. Rostizado – No Su Pepita
    Mezcal, Tequila Blanco, Amaro, strawberry shrub, fresh grapefruit juice, smoked black salt, chile oil
  6. Have Mercy – Have Mercy Old Fashioned
    Buffalo Trace Bourbon, honey-cherry syrup, Angostura bitters, orange bitters

The Proctor Team’s picks for six sip-worthy cocktails in Central Edmonton.

Source: You Haven’t Lived Until You’ve Sipped These 6 Must-Try Cocktails in Central Edmonton!

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
Author: Ray
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
  • 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 1/2 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 🙂

Something with Gin and Raspberries

Made Tracey a Raspberry Gin Collins, and I wanted something just a little different – and this is what I came up with…

Something with Gin and Raspberries
Recipe Type: Drink
Author: Ray
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
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  • 7 raspberries
  • 4 mint leaves2 oz. gin
  • 1/2 oz. dry vermouth
  • 1/2 oz. campari
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 2 dashes Fee Bros. Gin Barrel Aged Orange bitters
  1. Add raspberries and mint to shaker, and gently muddle
  2. Fill shaker 1/2 full of ice
  3. Add gin, vermouth, campari, lemon juice, simple syrup and bitters
  4. Shake really well for 30 seconds or so
  5. Strain into chilled cocktail glass – on a hot day, fill the coupe 1/3 full with crushed ice first.
  6. Garnish with a nice mint leaf and a raspberry
And it was good! 🙂