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With the holiday season approaching, it's time to get back in touch with friends old and new. This gin and grapefruit cocktail is just the right mix of boozy and bitter flavors, which will have you reminiscing the good times in no time.
Looking for a drink that can make everything feel brand-new, even after decades in business? This Fountain of Youth cocktail will inspire you to have some fresh and new ideas. Combine cucumber slices and vodka with a few dashes of cranberry juice, lime juice, Pimm's, and bitters. The secret is to shake vigorously for a full eight seconds to create a well-rounded, full-bodied flavor.
Take your classic Old Fashioned, but swap the simple syrup with maraschino liqueur. This sweet change adds a taste of earthiness which is the perfect twist for the autumn season. Not only does this drink taste like fall, but the stunning orange color matches the trees outside. Grab your bourbon and try something new.
Chai is an autumn classic, so let’s turn it into a cocktail! The warm tea with hints of maple and bourbon will make you sweater-weather-ready in no time. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and enjoy outside while you watch the leaves change color.
Episode: Rosita


The Rosita is a fiery, red cocktail with roots tracing back to Greg Boehm’s 1974 edition of Mr. Boston Official Bartender’s Guide. The recipe we use has been modernized a bit, delivering a slightly sweeter taste than the Negroni-esque original ingredients. Translating to “little rose” in Spanish, this drink is an elegant, slow-sipper that pairs just as well with a lively cocktail party as it would with a quiet night in with a good book.
Episode: Sea Breeze

Sea Breeze

A classic little cocktail that might take you back to college. If you’re in college, then it might take you back to last night. Fresh, fun, and no-frills — the Sea Breeze is a light, tarty drink that, despite its name, is best enjoyed on, in, or at least in proximity to a Great Lake.
Episode: Mr. Howard

Mr. Howard

Citrusy, just the right amount of bitterness, and oh-so fresh tasting — Mr. Howard is a mocktail using Seedlip Spice 94, a distilled non-alcoholic spirit. When you’re in Mr. Howard’s company, there really isn’t any reason to imbibe.
From RAM Cellars in Portland, Oregon, Viv is named after the French root word meaning “to live, to be alive.” It also happens to be short for Vivianne, the name of the winery’s founder and winemaker who came “alive” as they came out as transgender in 2018. For every sale of the bottle, RAM Cellars donates $5 to organizations that support queer and transgender people. Viv is a petit verdot with an earthy, spicy flavor. Rich yet grounded and full of life, to be sure.
It’s a summertime classic, but with a twist. In our Aperol Spritz 2.0, we swapped prosecco for gin, adding just a little bite to a refreshing cocktail. I mean, can you name a more iconic duo than citrus and gin?
Episode: Cleo


Hibiscus flowers, agave nectar, and dragon fruit powder — ingredients that suggest some sort of mythical quest is at hand. The Cleo does not require the slaying of fire-breathing beasts, but some mild exploration may be needed to gather all the cocktail’s elements. At its core, the Cleo is your trusty tequila+lime+agave drink, but the dragon fruit, despite its name, adds a subtle dimension of flavor for an exciting twist on a classic.