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March 14, 2012


Naren Young

Richard Knapp of New York City bar Mother's Ruin is particularly excited about serving this Irish whiskey cocktail on St. Patrick's Day. "I love the drink because it is a confluence of ingredients that shouldn't necessarily be put in the same glass together," he explains.

Click here for New York City's Best Irish Whiskey Cocktails.



Related Recipes


  • 1 ounce Michael Collins Irish whiskey
  • 1 ounce Pig's Nose Scotch whiskey
  • 3/4 ounces lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce house-made pecan orgeat syrup
  • Ice


Shake all of the ingredients over ice and strain into a coupe.


Get Toasted: Rachel Maddow Cocktail Recipes

Rachel Maddow. Alcohol. Can you think of two things that make you happier, especially when those two things are combined?

Without further ado, I present to you, Rachel Maddow Cocktail Recipes! Sometimes when I watch Rachel Maddow, I wish I could remember to look up the cocktail she’s making because it looks really good, but then I never do. Maybe you’re like me and you’ve been living in constant regret, but don’t worry, I found ten of them for you! There’s even a bonus bitters + champagne combo at the bottom, you lucky dog you.

Now remember: shake really, really, really well because biceps and cold drinks are sexy, and never, never, never eat the garnish.

Maybe you’ll look like this after drinking all ten of these. via flickr

The Frisco

The Golden Gate Bridge turned 75 years old in May. This drink is to honor the most famous landmark of perhaps the gayest city ever.


2 oz of Rye
1/2 oz of lemon juice (from real, actual lemons)
1/2 oz of Benedictine
Ice Cubes

1. You’re supposed to shake a Frisco (you’re supposed to shake anything with fruit juice in it), but Rachel prefers to stir it. So we’re going with Rachel.

2. Pour into a cocktail glass and enjoy!

The French 75

This drink, named for a French missile shell, is perfect for eating brunch while reading Rachel’s book, Drift.


1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
1 1/2 oz Booze (Some people make it with gin, other people make it with cognac. It’s traditional and therefore more correct to make it with gin, but certain cable television news hosts prefer it with cognac)

1. Shake shake shake that up with ice.

2. Strain into a champagne glass.

4. Add the lemon twist (don’t eat the garnish!) and serve.

Cameron’s Kick

This is a classic cocktail that appears in the legendary Savoy cocktail book from the 1930s. Don’t you feel fancy?


1 oz Scotch Whisky
1 oz Irish Whiskey
1/2 oz Orgeat Syrup
1/2 oz Lemon Juice

1. Shake over ice for about a million years.

2. Strain into cocktail glass.

3. Garnish with an orange twist.

Gin Sling

Rachel made this to commemorate the SCOTUS ruling on healthcare, but you should make this to commemorate that time Autostraddle was broken and you got an error message.


1 1/2 oz Gin
3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
3 dashes of Agnostura Bitters

1. Shake the ever-loving life out of it.

3. Top it off with club soda.

4. Garnish with a lemon peel, wheel or wedge.

Maddow’s Pina Colada Improvement

Sometimes Pina Coladas come out of slushie machines and you drink them out of plastic boots in Vegas, or maybe that’s just me. Anyway, this sounds much better.


1.5 oz Light Rum
1 oz 8-year-old Bacardi or other nice medium-bodied Amber Rum
1.5 oz Orgeat Syrup (Tessier is best)
4 oz Pineapple Juice

2. Without straining, serve in a short glass.

3. Garnish with pineapple wedge and a tiny umbrella.

4. Serve with short, fat straws.

Corpse Reviver II

This drink was once believed to bring people back from the dead. So, that’s pretty exciting, right?


2 oz Gin
2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
2 oz Cointreau
2 oz Lillet Blanc
2 drops of absinthe

1. Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously.

2. Pour into a glass and enjoy your return to the land of the living.

Rachel’s Gin and Tonic

A classic, made even better because Rachel Maddow has put her mark on it.


1 Lime
Tonic water
1 1/2 oz Gin
1 oz Cynar

1. Fill a highball glass with ice and add 1 lime, cut into quarters.

3. Pour in tonic water until glass is almost full.

5. Garnish with an orange wedge (optional).

The Rickey

Enjoy Washington D.C.’s official drink, which also happens to be one of the easy and cheap. Coincidence?


Seltzer or club soda
Your choice of booze (gin, bourbon, or rye are good choices)

1. Fill a highball glass 2/3 with ice.

3. Cut a lime in half and squeeze the juice of each half into the glass. Then drop the lime halves into the glass.

4. Add a bit more ice and fill the remainder of the glass with seltzer, then sip.

The Last Word

This is a classic Prohibition era drink that was once forgotten. As soon as you hear a drink is from the Prohibition era, it makes it so much cooler, don’t you think?


Equal parts —
Fresh Lime Juice
Maraschino Liqueur (Rachel recommends Luxardo brand)
Green Chartreuse

1. Shake well with ice for longer than you think you should.

2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

The Gatsby

This drink has the highest ratio of deliciousness to effort, meaning it’s easy aaaand tasty.


2 oz Heavy Cream (or half & half, if cream seems too rich)
3/4 oz Amaretto
3/4 oz Light Creme de Cacao

1. Pour ingredients into a shaker with ice.

2. Shake it like you mean it for a really, really long time. Warm cream drinks are gross and will ruin your life.

3. Strain into a small, stemmed glass.

Lifetime supply of Angostura Bitters?

Bitters bonus:

To celebrate the end of Angostura Bitters shortages, Rachel made this amazing bitters drink. Yum!

Champagne Cocktail

Soak a sugar cube in Angostura Bitters, then top with champagne. Serve in champagne flute.

Cameron's kick

1 oz Scotch (Buchanan's 12 Year)
1 oz Irish Whiskey (Teeling's Small Batch)
1/2 oz Lemon
1/2 oz Orgeat

Shake with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with an orange twist.

After working Valentine's Day, I needed to treat myself to a drink. In perusing Paul Clarke's The Cocktail Chronicles book, I spotted the Cameron's Kick that I have neglected to make over the last decade or so. The original recipe stems from Harry MacElhone's 1922 Harry's ABCs of Mixing Cocktails and strangely informed the reader that orgeat is a syrup made from almonds despite it having been used for decades in cocktails since perhaps first published in 1862 with the Japanese Cocktail.
The Cameron's Kick began with an orange, nutty, and smoke aroma. Lemon and malt on the sip pleasantly matched smoke and almond on the swallow. While Paul compared this drink to "one million monkeys and gave each of them a typewriter. well edit 'typewriter' to read 'cocktail shaker'," there were plenty of other drinks like the Rye Crusta that were a Whiskey Daisy with orgeat as the sweetener. However, the Cameron's Kick is rather unique for very few drinks split the spirits and paired Irish and Scottish whiskeys. And with rather good success here, I might add.

Orange Bitters Drinks

Choose from 138 drink recipes containing Orange Bitters.

Learn more about Orange Bitters in the drink dictionary!

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(Cocktail) Egg White, Honey, Lime, Orange Bitters, Sparkling Water, Tequila Bijou Cocktail (Cocktail) Gin, Green Chartreuse, Orange Bitters, Sweet Vermouth Bitter Sweet (Cocktail) Campari, Grand Marnier, Honey Syrup, Ketel One Citroen, Lemon Juice, Orange Bitters Bittersweet Cocktail (Cocktail) Bitters, Dry Vermouth, Orange Bitters, Sweet Vermouth Blackthorn (Martini) Orange Bitters, Plymouth Gin, Plymouth Sloe Gin, Sweet Vermouth Blackthorn #1 (Cocktail) Orange Bitters, Sloe Gin, Sweet Vermouth Blue Jacket (Cocktail) Blue Curacao, Gin, Orange Bitters Brandy Melba (Cocktail) Brandy, Lemon Juice, Orange Bitters, Peach Brandy, Raspberry Liqueur Buddha Punch (Punch) Champagne, Cherry Brandy, Gewurztraminer, Lemon Juice, Light Rum, Orange Bitters, Orange Juice, Sugar Syrup, Triple Sec California Martini (Martini) Dark Rum, Orange Bitters, Red Wine, Vodka Cameron's Kick Cocktail (Cocktail) Irish Whiskey, Lemon, Orange Bitters, Scotch Cape Of Good Will (Cocktail) Apricot Brandy, Lime Juice, Orange Bitters, Orange Juice, White Rum Caroli (Cocktail) Apricot Brandy, Gin, Orange Bitters Casino Cocktail (Cocktail) Gin, Lemon Juice, Maraschino Liqueur, Orange Bitters Casino Night Cocktail (Cocktail) Cherry, Gin, Lemon Juice, Maraschino Liqueur, Orange Bitters Casino Royale (Cocktail) Egg Yolk, Gin, Lemon Juice, Maraschino Liqueur, Orange Bitters Charmer (Cocktail) Blue Curacao, Dry Vermouth, Orange Bitters, Scotch Chase the Trace (Cocktail) Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Honey, Melon, Orange, Orange Bitters Cielo Tequini (Martini) Dry Vermouth, El Diamante del Cielo Reposado Tequila, Orange Bitters Colony Club Martini (Martini) Gin, Orange Bitters, Pernod Absinthe Commodore (Cocktail) Lime Juice, Orange Bitters, Rye Whiskey Commodore Cocktail #1 (Cocktail) Blended Scotch Whisky, Lemon, Orange Bitters, Powdered Sugar Compadre (Cocktail) Grenadine, Maraschino Liqueur, Orange Bitters, Tequila Coronation (Cocktail) Dry Sherry, Dry Vermouth, Maraschino Liqueur, Orange Bitters Crystal 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Sweet Vermouth Leaning Tower (Cocktail) Dry Vermouth, Gin, Orange Bitters London Buck (Cocktail) Gin, Maraschino Liqueur, Orange Bitters, Simple Syrup London Cocktail (Cocktail) Gin, Maraschino Liqueur, Orange Bitters, Simple Syrup London Martini (Martini) Gin, Maraschino Liqueur, Orange Bitters, Sugar London Town (Cocktail) Gin, Maraschino Liqueur, Orange Bitters Luxury Cocktail (Cocktail) Brandy, Champagne, Orange Bitters Macbeth's Dream (Cocktail) Amaretto, Lemon Juice, Orange Bitters, Scotch, Superfine Sugar, White Curacao Martinez Cocktail #1 (Cocktail) Dry Vermouth, Gin, Orange Bitters, Triple Sec Martini Navratilova (Martini) Dry Vermouth, Orange Bitters, Vodka Mary's Dream (Cocktail) Orange Bitters, Orange Juice, Triple Sec, White Rum Mayflower Martini (Martini) Dry Vermouth, Orange Bitters, Plymouth Gin McClelland Cocktail (Cocktail) Orange Bitters, Sloe Gin, Triple Sec Merry Widow Cocktail #2 (Cocktail) Anisette, Benedictine, Dry Vermouth, Gin, Orange Bitters Mildred's Desire 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Quinoa Fruit Salad

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Quinoa Fruit Salad

  • 1 ounce Red Quinoa (raw weight before cooking)
  • 2 ounces Water
  • 2 Strawberries / quartered
  • 10 Blueberries
  • 1.5 ounces Mango / medium dice
  • .1 ounce Lime juice
  • ½ ounce to ¾ ounce Honey
  • 1/3 ounce Mint / chiffonade

Cook quinoa in water according to package (or use leftover quinoa) and cool.

Mix together fruit, quinoa, lime and ¼ ounce of mint chiffonade. Can chill this until ready to serve.

When ready to serve give it a fresh toss, drizzle honey and top with remaining mint. Do not rechill once the honey has been added. Use local organic ingredients when possible!

Enjoy this fresh flavorful salad with breakfast, lunch or as a refreshing snack! Make in a batch for a healthful, colorful side dish where you will be asked to share your recipe!

Check back soon for another healthy treat!

34 Easy Cocktail Recipes to Kick Off the Memorial Day Weekend

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On At Liberty this week, Dr. Noble joined us to discuss what she calls “algorithmic oppression," and what needs to be done to end this kind of bias and dismantle systemic racism in software, predictive analytics, search platforms, surveillance systems, and other technologies.

6 cocktail recipes that will blow your standard cranberry vodka away

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Whether you’re pregaming the real party or enjoying a drink with dinner, skip the one-shot-one-mixer combo. No shame to Jack and Coke or cranberry vodka, but they’ve got nothing on these cocktail recipes.

Admittedly, the most annoying part of making good cocktails at home is buying all of the ingredients. One glass can pack in a lost list of tonics, fruit, booze and more. However, the ingredients for most of these cocktails are at your local grocery store or liquor store — no specialty shops required. And every single one of these recipes is worth making the special trip out.

It couldn’t hurt to get a good cocktail shaker set, too. Think of it as a small investment into adulthood — or at least into your bar cart. You can get a 14-piece cocktail shaker and barware set for less than $50 on Amazon, with everything you’ll ever need.

14-Piece Cocktail Shaker And Barware Set, $29.99 (Orig. $49.99)

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However, you can always skip the barware all together if you’re not quite ready to commit to full-fledged cocktails. Just make sure you have a solid shot glass for measuring, maybe a pitcher, a long spoon for stirring and definitely some ice cubes.

Go on now! Try one of these cocktail recipes and kick off the weekend, celebrate a win at work or sip with friends, just because.

1. Spicy Cucumber Margarita

These spicy cucumber margaritas are refreshing, yet have a kick from the added jalapeños. They taste extra special with a sweet chili-salted rim. Have one with chips and guacamole ASAP.

2. Blackberry Gimlet

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The gimlet is a classic cocktail made with lime juice and gin. It may be an old school favorite, but that doesn’t mean it can’t use a modern twist every once in a while. Try this version with muddled blackberries!

3. Lychee Martini

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This lychee martini is refreshing and tangy with fruity and floral notes. The lychee, native to Southern China, is the perfect cocktail fruit because it strikes a great balance between sweet and tart. Its taste is often described as a cross between a grape and a rose or a pear and watermelon. Lychees combined with St. Germaine and grenadine taste divine in this cocktail.

4. Chocolate Russian

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Indulge in the sweet, chocolatey goodness of this classic white Russian with a twist. The amaretto’s nutty almond flavor combined with the chocolate syrup, white chocolate liqueur and a kick of cinnamon will make you feel like you’re drinking dessert.

5. Strawberry Chamomile Paloma

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Celebrate warmer weather with this twist on the paloma cocktail. Mix strawberry, honey and chamomile tea to make one refreshing drink. It’s so easy to sip, you’ll forget there’s tequila in it.

6. Golden Peach Slushy

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12 Cocktails to Kick Off the Weekend

Is there any greater time of the week than Friday happy hour? The work week is finally done, but the weekend to-do list — filled with errands, events, and obligations — has yet to begin. It’s basically your free pass for the week.

So why not mark this magic hour or two with a fabulous cocktail … or two? Here are 12 of our favorites that are sure to get your weekend off to a good start.

1. The Boulevardier

If you aren’t familiar with the Boulevardier, now is the time to try it. It’s akin to a Negroni, but it replaces the gin with whisky. It’s a great cocktail to master, and there’s no time like the present.

2. Rosé, Gin & Pink Peppercorn Cocktail

One of our favorite tricks when making wine-based cocktails is to use boxed wine. That way you can make a whole pitcher’s worth or just a single cocktail without worrying about opening a whole bottle. This blush-colored drink is a pretty update on the gin and tonic.

3. Classic Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri

Even if it’s not quite warm enough for daiquiris where you live, go ahead and make them anyway. Consider it the harbinger of warmer temperatures.

4. Cucumber, Ginger & Prosecco Sangria

You might not immediately think to combine ginger and cucumber, but when you add Prosecco to the mix, it becomes a refreshing and delicious combination.

5. The Cuba Libre

Rum, lime, cola, and bitters — it doesn’t get much more refreshing than this classic cocktail. And it’s easy to make them in a big batch, so invite the neighbors over and start pouring.

6. Strawberry & Limoncello Rosé Sangria

Prep this sangria on Thursday night so you can pour it and enjoy first thing when you get home from work on Friday. And if there’s any left over, it makes a great brunch cocktail as well.

7. The Income Tax Cocktail

Not that you need a reminder that Tax Day is on the horizon, but this orange juice-based cocktail is about to have its day in the sun. If you’ve already done your taxes, raise a celebratory glass if you haven’t, make yourself a cocktail and start crunching numbers.

8. Rhubarb Basil Cocktail

As soon as you are able to find the first stalks of rhubarb at the farmers market, grab some in preparation for making this cocktail. You’ll find that sweetened-up rhubarb pairs perfectly with basil.

9. Lemongrass, Lime & Thai Basil Mojito

The key to this refreshing mojito (which can also be made as a mocktail) is the lemongrass simple syrup. It’s the best drink we know to go with your favorite Thai takeout.

10. The Black Lily Cocktail

This three-ingredient cocktail is a quintessential San Francisco drink. Made with Fernet Branca, Cointreau, and fresh lime juice, it’s refreshing and perfect for anyone who likes an amaro-based cocktail.

11. The Palermo

This cocktail is a Sicilian riff on the traditional Paloma cocktail made with grapefruit juice and tequila. In this version, the grapefruit juice is replaced with blood orange juice for a brilliantly colored beverage.

12. The Dry Martini

Last, but certainly not least, we have the dry martini. If ever there was a cocktail made for end-of-the-week happy hour, the martini is it. Whether you prefer it with a twist or dirty with olives, a well-made martini is always a welcomed after-work sip.

Kristin is the co-founder of Part Time Vegan and Silent Book Club. As a former editor at Real Simple, she is compulsively organized and loves solving people's problems. She has a weakness for desserts, especially ice cream.

Saluting Scotland with a Cocktail Moment: Cameron's Kick

In honor of Scotland doing the two most newsworthy things it could conceivably do and doing them both on the same day, and as a congratulations to UK Prime Minister David Cameron who could have lost his job as prime minister if the Scottish independence vote had gone the other way, here's how you make a classic drink called the Cameron's Kick.

I think we've made it once before, but it's perfect for this occasion.

It uses two kinds of whiskey, one from Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK: We're using an ounce of Bushmills delicious blended Irish whiskey.

And we're also using an ounce of a different kind of whiskey, from someplace else that is also (and still!) part of the UK: Famous Grouse is a nice blended Scotch whiskey.

So you have an ounce each of Irish and Scotch whiskeys.

Then you want a half ounce of fresh lemon juice.

And then -here's the kicker- it's the crazy French thing. It's almond syrup, which you can get more places than you'd think. The French call it orgeat. And since Mary Queen of Scots was raised in France and spoke French, when you add a half ounce of French orgeat almond syrup to this drink, you're still being very Scottish.

1 oz Irish whiskey1 oz Scotch whiskey½ oz fresh lemon juice½ oz orgeat syrup

Shake all that up with ice, strain it.

Garnish it with a twist of orange peel.

Et voila. The Cameron's Kick. To David Cameron's job. And to the Scots! And to St. Andrews! FORE!!

Like the opposite of master cleanse, with a similar kick.

A perfect use for that leftover can of chipotles in adobo hiding in the fridge.

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