Old Fashioned - The Easy Version

2 oz Bourbon (I use Woodford Reserve or Knob Creek)

1-2 teaspoons simple syrup (if you’re not used to Bourbon, I’d start with two)

3 dashes bitters

1 maraschino cherry


Place Bourbon, simple syrup and bitters in an Old Fashioned or rocks glass, stir well then add 1 to 2 large ice cubes. Stir 2-3 times to chill then drop in the cherry.


Old Fashioned - Kristine's Favorite Version

2 sugar cubes or 2 teaspoons of sugar (demerara sugar if you can find it)

2 dashes of Angostura Orange Bitters

2 maraschino cherries

1 orange slice

2.5 oz. Bourbon

1 ½ teaspoons of Maraschino syrup (from the cherry jar)


Place the sugar cubes in a shaker. Dampen the cubes with the bitters. Add the orange slice and one of the cherries and muddle* with the sugar and bitters. Add the remaining ingredients. Shake with ice and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Add a splash of club soda (about a teaspoon) and the remaining cherry to the glass. Give it a quick stir and enjoy.

*If you don’t have a muddler, use the back of a spoon or a pestle to mash the fruit.


Manhattan - The Easy (traditional) Version 

2 oz. rye whiskey

½ oz. sweet vermouth

1 dash bitters

1 maraschino cherry for garnish


Place ice into a cocktail glass. Pour in vermouth, then whiskey, a dash of bitters and stir. Garnish with cherry.


Manhattan - Kristine’s Favorite Version (if you like this just order a Perfect Manhattan at the bar, they’ll know what you mean)

2 oz. bourbon

½ oz. sweet vermouth

½ oz. dry vermouth

2 dashes bitters (I use Angostura)

Maraschino cherry


In mixing glass or cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine bourbon, both vermouths, and bitters. Stir (or shake) well, about 20 seconds, then strain into a cocktail glass. Add cherry and serve. I like to serve these in a coupe glass (pictured in post).



2.5 oz. Gin

.5 oz. Dry Vermouth

1 cocktail onion


Stir gin and vermouth gently with ice. Strain into chilled coupe (pictured in post) or chilled martini glass. Garnish with onion.



2 oz. vodka

4 oz. beef broth

2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce

2 dashes tabasco sauce

1.5 teaspoons lemon juice

1 pinch cayenne pepper

1 pinch celery salt


Pour all ingredients in a shaker and add ice. Shake until well combined and chilled. Strain into a glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with celery stick.



1.5 oz. cognac

1 oz. cointreau orange liqueur (you can use triple sec as a substitute)

1 tablespoon plus one teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Lemon or orange twist to garnish

Optional – rim the glass with bar sugar, which I ALWAYS do J


Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake well, Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass. Garnish with lemon twist.