Thursday, June 23, 2011


This year we started a cocktail garden devoted to herbs of all sorts, hoping to fashion fresh and tasty cocktails for you to enjoy. But you need to be careful with fresh herbs in your cocktails. The green leaves contain chlorophyll which is tremendously bitter. That's o.k. if you are preparing bitters, terrible if you intend on using the plant oils themselves. Bartenders (and even me in the past) screw this up all the time. Ron used to wonder about my bitter mojitos because of my over-muddling.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Bellucci Cocktail

I named my new favorite original for my old horror movie muse, Monica Bellucci. As beautiful, sweet, and piquant as its namesake. If you have a very sweet triple sec, try adding a dash of orange bitters for a true cocktail. You will not be disappointed.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Holly's Originals, Acrophobia

The classic martini is a wonderfully elegant drink - crisp and clean, simple and great with the smoky smoothness of Marlboro cigarettes.