Mixed Up Mule

Sitting a bar you end up meeting lots of people if you take the time,  exchanging of conversations can lead to many things. New ideas, challenged beliefs, lasting friendships.  But you never know till you say hello.

I went to a Mission Taco Joint in Soulard on Sunday to visit with two bartenders I used to work with, Josh and Jason.   While sitting there I ended up talking to me bar neighbors – Ali and Nori. We were talking about books, jobs, and then eventually drinks. Per their suggestion I thought I would try a take on a mule with grapefruit and Rosemary.

Being that I always love a good presentation I decided to flame roast the Rosmary before I added it to the mule with grapefruit juice…  It was still missing something and the towards the end of the drink the Rosemary just took over everything.   What about gin…  I do like a good Gin Mule but sometimes the Gin will overtake all the other subtle favors or in this case it will just fight with the Rosemary at the end.

Hybrids…  Always fun: vodka and gin!  What about the Rosemary.  How about just flame roasting it and then stiring with it??   And bitters.  Just a couple of dashes to complement the other flavors… Mm mm I like


  • Flame roasted Rosemary
  • Bombay Sapphire Gin.75 oz
  • Titos Vodka – .75 oz
  • Ginger beer
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Garnished with grapefruit twist

I left the Rosemary out from being the garnish. the Rosemary just took over the drink towards the end.

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The Godfather


  • 1 oz amaretto
  • 1 oz scotch 
  • Build on cubed ice


Simplicity is key. This is a personal favorite of mine. And it’s very interchangeable as well.  

If you change the scotch for vodka: GODMOTHER 

Change the scotch for southern comfort:  SICILIAN KISS 

Change the scotch for crown: RED ROYAL
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The Bee’s Knees

I get people all the time that tell me that they don’t like gin.  Which I can understand… Most of the time the first interaction with liquor of beer is when you are at 21-23 and you only get the cheap stuff… Trust me, gin is one spirit that you shouldn’t be cheap with.  The rail stuff is horrible.  Mostly taste like rubbing alchol with some artificial flavoring to it.  And in all honestly, it probably is.

But Plymouth gin is Different! And the Bee’s Knees is a cocktail for anyone who doesn’t like gin to start with.  

Plymouth Gin is a Gin the is Produced in Plymouth, England.  It’s does not have a big Juniper Or Herbal overpowering taste, so it goes well into cocktails and doesn’t take over.  It’s my pick for the main ingredient in the classic cocktail The Bee’s Knees.  We all should know how honey hand lemon go together.  And let’s just say that Gin adds a  depth and a spring element to the combination that is to be desired.   
The Bee’s Knees

  • 2 oz. Gin of your choice. (Clearly I used Plymouth)
  • 3/4 oz Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 oz Honey Syrup*
  • Shake with ice and strain on new ice

(You may just make a batch of it and stir it but I would add a little bit of water to lighten up the tartness.  Shaking with ice adds a little dilution to it)

*** Honey Simple Syrup***

Equal parts honey and filtered water. Just makes it easier to combine and mix into cocktails. Lasts around 7 – 10 days. 

The Man-Fashion

Last year, a fellow bartender and collaborator, Jason and I were talking about our favorite classic whisky drinks. His was a Manhattan and mine was an Midwestern Old Fashion and we got to thinking – what if we could mix the two together…  Now we could have just added vermouth to an Old Fashion, but what’s the fun in that!  So we decided that Flamed Grand Marnier would not only add the flavor of orange but also sweeten it up as well.

Trust me when I tell you that it is easly on of the most requested drinks we make.  It’s well balanced and the showmanship is really good as well!

Thank you to Theresa Davinroy at Pixel Tree Photo for the great pictures!


do not try this at home

Grandma On Fire – Do not try this at home


Rosemary simple syrup

Rosemary Honey Simple Syrup
February 23, 2016


Rosemary / Honey Simple Syrup – Easy, Tasty, Simple


A whiff of rosemary and I’m teleported back to Colorado.
I had a friend there that would make pork chops with rosemary.  
It was the first times I had been introduced to the herb. 
It pairs well with food, tea, and cocktails, as long as you are willing to experement and try  
With this syrup you can easily add a little bit of extra flavor to your drinks .  


I used 3 stalks per cup for this. I brought the water to a boil. turned it to med-low and then added the rosemary. I let it sit for about 30 minutes. 

Strain out the Rosemary after you think it is strong enough.
*remember that you are mixing it with other flavors so what might seem strong smelling and tasting right now will be dulled down when you mix it with other things. 

Keep the strained rosemary and use for garnish if you choose

Lets add in honey.  

I use the same amount of honey that I put in water.

I try to start off with a 1:1 ratio. 

 give a good stir and then put it in whatever you like to store things in. 

 I fond this bottles here with a swing top lid at IKEA for less than $4. SO I use them for everything. 

 This mix is has no alchol in it to keep if from spoiling. put in fridge and use within 7-14 days.

You can always add in some vodka to lenthen the shelf life of this. 







simple syrup