Much Too Much

Inspired by the Elvis Costello song New Amsterdam, Much Too Much adds a bitter herbal twist to a Gimlet. The raspberries provide a brilliant red hue to this tart cocktail.

  • 2 oz. New Amsterdam gin
  • 0.5 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 0.5 oz. simple syrup
  • .25 oz. Cynar
  • 2 fresh raspberries

Muddle the 2 raspberries in a boston shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled coupe.


For the truly brave, cut the simple syrup in half (using only 1/4 oz. instead of 1/2) and let the Cynar dominate.



His Father’s Eyes

A twist on the whiskey sour with fresh lemon juice and a rosemary-infused simple syrup. Named “His Father’s Eyes” as a nod to the 1968 film Rosemary’s Baby, referencing the climax where the true identity of the father is revealed.

  • 1.5 oz. Grass Widow bourbon, Two James Distillery
  • 0.75 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 oz. rosemary syrup

Shake an strain over a rocks glass; garnish with a fresh rosemary sprig.

from the Criterion Collection.

from the Criterion Collection.

His Father’s Eyes













I submitted this to the first Two James Distillery contest- although it was not selected I still had fun putting it together.

Goose in Spring

I wanted to start experimenting with botanical infusions and was thrilled to find a recipe that uses both elderflower liqueur as well as lavender-infused vodka. St. Germain, a French apertif derived from elderflower blossoms, comes a bottle that looks like it was just plucked straight from Jay Gatsby’s liquor cabinet. If you can make iced tea, you can easily infuse vodka with dried lavender. While the recipe’s namesake calls for Grey Goose, I suspect any vodka will do. We sprinkled a generous handful of dried lavender into a bottle and let steep for a few days.

Goose in Spring comes from Elijah Venanzi, who won the May 2012 Vodka Cocktail Contest:

  • 2 muddled raspberries
  • 2 oz. lavender-infused vodka
  • 0.75 oz. St. Germain elderflower liquer
  • 0.25 oz. fresh lemon juice

Shake with ice and double strain into a lavender-rubbed coupe. Garnish with lemon peel.

Goose in Spring: easily infused