The Kylie Cat

This drink was the midnight inspiration of a late night with co-workers when we tried to create a signature drink for each person we were with. This was by far the winner of the night, but after some clear thinking the following day, we realized that we had subconsciously re-created a French 75. Unfortunately for Kyle, after a few cocktails and to much laughter his cheeks get a little rosy, so the name stuck, and whenever we get together we enjoy a few Kylie Cats. There are some subtle differences with the Kylie Cat and a Traditional French 75 as we muddled the fruit to give the drink a bit more infusion. This slight modification does quite a bit for the overall complexity of the drink, it also gave it a lot more color than we expected. Don’t hesitate to experiment, this drink makes it really easy to add what ever fruit you may have in your fridge at the time. So maybe a better name would have been Kylie Cats French Revolution.

Take a martini glass or an old fashioned Champaign glass and fill with Ice and Water. Combine the lemon slices and cherries with the simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and muddled them together really well. Once properly muddled add the Grown Man’s Gin and and some ice. Shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds to ensure the drink has been properly mixed. Empty the contents of the chilled glass, and using a strainer pour the blended mixture into the glass. Once complete fill the remaining glass with Champaign and garnish with a thin slice of lemon.

  • 2 ounces of Grown Man’s Gin
  • 3- 4 slices of lemon (sliced into wheels)
  • 2-3 Maraschino cherries
  • 1-2 slices of Orange (sliced into wheels)
  • 1 1/2 ounces of simple syrup

Working Man’s Old Fashioned

My personal favorite cocktail is the Old Fashioned. It is simple, it has complex flavors, it is sophisticated enough to be enjoyed in many of the uncomfortable occasions we find our selves in. It is great at weddings, appropriate at funerals, it works for company get togethers (albeit some times to well). However most of all, it is the perfect drink when kicking back with a friend to catch up on what is going on. When we were working on the recipe for Hinky Dinks Workingman’s Rye Whiskey, we wanted to accomplish two things. We wanted a Whiskey that could be enjoyed by non whiskey enthusiasts, you know – regular people. We also wanted to make sure that Workingman’s would blend well when making a proper Old Fashioned. Now I don’t want to make anyone made by disrespecting the addition of fruit in the drink, what I mean by this is that the Whiskey had to stand on its own without the addition of other flavors to prop it up, or tone it down. The taste profile of Workingman’s has a bit of burnt caramel, with slight hints of molasses that open up when mixed with the bitters and sugar. The following is my approach to the Workingman’s Old Fashioned. If you choose to add orange, or other fruits feel free – who am I to judge.

Start by adding a nice sugar cube to the glass. My preference is raw brown sugar, it has more flavor than white sugar, if you don’t have raw brown sugar cubes, you can use 1tsp of brown sugar. Once the sugar is in the glass add the bitters to the sugar making sure there is enough to allow the sugar to break down when muddled. Once the sugar is broken down, add the Workingman’s and swirl it around the glass a few times letting the sugar dissolve into the warm whiskey. Add a large ice cube to the glass (or multiple smaller ones if that is what you have), and stir a dozen times to chill the drink and blend it with some of the melting ice to allow the whiskey to open up.

  • 1 Sugar Cube in the Raw or 1 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 2-3 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • 3 ounces Workingman’s Rye Whiskey

White Crook Martini

The Martini has always been a favorite of mine. It maybe because I watched to many James Bond movies as a kid, or because it was the first drink I was taught how to make when I started bartending. It was a lesson I didn’t appreciate enough at the time, as it was by far the most influential training I have received in the past 20 years of slinging booze. Ironically, the training started out with an angry Bar Tender bitching at why anyone in their right mind would hire me. She was a great Bar Tender, and a wonderful teacher as it was hard to forget anything she said as it was incredibly demeaning, exceptionally vulgar, and reinforced with just enough arrogance to help me understand how much she didn’t like me. I cant remember her name for the life of me, but by god I can make a great martini! The White Crook Martini was inspired by a boring afternoon wondering if I had to serve a drink to Howe and Hummel the Misguided Mascots on our bottle what would it be and why. I imagined it would be a strong drink, but easy to have more than one of. It would be versatile, somewhat sophisticated, but a little bit corrupt. I started with a favorite of mine which is a traditional martini, that is a bit scuffed up, not dirty, but scuffed up. To give it a bit of edge I added fresh ground white pepper and left out the vermouth. The white pepper infuses the vodka surprisingly well, which compliments the light acidity of the brine and the stuffed olives. It turns out this is a pretty balanced drink, but with enough character to stand out. It would work great as a base for a 3 martini lunch, or in place of the salad coarse at your favorite steak house – which has always made me wonder. Why does anyone go to a steak house to order a salad? Maybe, just maybe, the White Crooke Martini will make it so people don’t have to.

Start by filling a traditional Martini glass with ice and water and set aside. Grind 3-4 turns of White Pepper into a cocktail shaker and add the White Crook Vodka along with the olive brine. Fill the shaker with broken ice and shake violently until your hand freezes to the metal shaker. Empty the Martini glass of the ice water and using a sieve filter the ice and pepper granules from the chilled martini as your pour it into the chilled glass. Add 3 olives (preferably stuffed with Blue Cheese) and serve immediately.

  • 1/4 teaspoon White Pepper (4 turns of a pepper mill)
  • 4 ounces White Crook Vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Olive Brine
  • 3 olives stuffed with Blue Cheese

White Crook Sparkling Lemonade

There is nothing better than having friends and family over for Day Drinking. More sophisticated people call this a garden party, but they are essentially the same thing. I find that by making one or two different punches I can keep most people happy without having to bar tend all afternoon. My sparkling lemonade has become an old reliable that keeps even the most picky of drinkers happy. Its a pretty easy recipe inspired by a sparkling lemonade I had in Beunos Aires on my honeymoon. Ironically it didn’t have alcohol in it, but I didn’t let that stop me from updating the recipe once I returned home. This is a great recipe for summer afternoons, or summer evenings with friends. It goes well with lighter fare associated with picnics, and it holds up pretty well against heavier foods coming off the grill. The light carbonation and acidity can cut through heavy sauces without being overwhelmed. The only trouble with this drink is they can go down pretty easy so keep an eye on Aunt Melba, and hold on to your moms keys because you may find out that even Garden Parties can get a little wild.

Add half of the mixed berries with the frozen concentrate along with 2 cans cold water. Puree the mixed berries into the concentrate with a blender. Slice the lemons and the limes into wheels and add them to the concentrate along with the mint. Add the vodka and gently pour in the Prosecco. It may sound redundant to call out that the Prosecco should be very chilled as colder beverages hold their carbonation better. Once the Prosecco has been add, gently pour in the ice. I make the punch somewhat strong knowing that the ice will melt and even the drink out. Enjoy!

  • 2 – 750 ML of very cold Prosecco
  • 2 cups of mixed berries (Raspberries, Blue Berries, Black Berries)
  • 2-3 Mint Sprigs
  • 12 ounces frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 4 lemons
  • 2 limes
  • 2 cups White Crook Vodka
  • Lots of Ice

The Mint Julep

Bar far one of my favorite cocktails. It is a simple cocktail, but often made wrong it can be a risky choice when ordering at a bar. My recommendation is make these at home when you want to sip something sweet on a lazy afternoon. My ideal Sunday afternoon is sipping a Mint Julep and playing horseshoes with my friends in the back yard. I like to take a handful of mint from my garden and muddle it in rocks glass with a large spoonful of dark brown sugar. Pour in the Whiskey to help the sugar dissolve and blend in with the mint then fill the glass with crushed ice. Depending on who you are serving you many add a splash of club soda to make it less boozey. I like to take my time when drinking a Mint Julep so I add a substitute the splash of club soda with a little more whiskey to help balance the melting ice.

  • A dozen mint leaves
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of brown sugar
  • 3 ounces Workingman’s Rye Whiskey
  • Crushed Ice
  • Splash of Club Soda

The Workingman’s Mule

A twist on a classic for those that prefer whiskey, and want more than a whiskey and Ginger. Move past the fancy cup, and enjoy a sessionable drink that goes down easy. This drink works really well with Workingman’s Rye the spiciness of the rye mash compliments the ginger, and the deep caramel flavors provide a pretty simple cocktail a lot more complexity.

  • Fill a rocks glass with Ice
  • 2 Parts Workingman’s Rye
  • 1 Part Fresh Lemon Juice
  • A dash of bitters
  • Finish with Ginger Beer or Ginger Ale

The Broken Hero

Named after a bad role model, and a good friend. The person I always looked forward to catching up with, and always knew I would regret it the next morning. We all have the friend that wants to hit one last bar, and try one last drink, and this drink is named after them. This drink is was created at an airport bar in an effort to cure a night of amazing cocktails, a series of questionable actions, terrible dancing and nude swimming on a public beach. I believe the color of the drink reminded us of the sunrise coming over the water, and the blend of Grapefruit Juice and soft botanical Gin eased any regrets as we laughed at a night that would be impossible to repeat. Here is thinking of you Mr. Henry!

2 Parts Grown Man Gin
1 Part Simple Syrup
3 Parts Grapefruit Juice
Squeeze of Lime
Topped off with club soda
Served over Rocks in a tall Collins Glass