Charcuterie Board and Whiskey

Often, people ask me what I drink when I am on my day off. The answer is simple; whiskey. Oh and I garnish it with a charcuterie board. This is when I am the happiest! 😁😁

Today I am popping open a bottle of Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished in Pedro Ximénez Sherry Casks from Rabbit Hole Distilling!

 The lesson of the Day. Pedro Ximénez is a name used for naturally sweet dessert wines created with the grape variety with the same name. The grapes are either picked very ripe and/or dried in the sun to concentrate. The amount of sugar in Pedro Ximénez wines is at least 212 g/l, but it will typically be between 300 and 500 grams of sugar per liter.

The Frequent Flyer 

 It is such a great honor to have my cocktail on the pages of the October issue of @chilledmagazine. What a great article on America’s craft distilling movement.  Great read!

This is the Frequent Flyer
1 1/2 oz St Augustine Distillery Gin
1/2 oz Antioqueno Aguardiente
1/2 oz Giffard Passion Fruit
1/2 oz Velvet Falernum
1/2 oz Seaweed Syrup
3/4 oz Lime Juice
2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Venti Pumpkin Spice Vodka Latte

A common mistake, I am sure it happens to everybody. 😂😂

Even though we don’t have much of a season change in Florida, I woke up with craving a Pumpkin spice something. So I went to Starbucks and order a Venti Pumpkin Spice Vodka Latte! Well, based on the shame looks they gave me, they don’t have such a thing. 🎃🍾 I didn’t know Starbucks didn’t serve alcohol.

So I decided to make my own, and I am calling it just that; a Pumpkin Spice Vodka Latte.

1 1/2 oz Vdka 6100
1/2 oz Lorgeat
1 oz Borghetti Espresso
1/8 oz Pumpkin Spice Tincture
3/4 oz Cream
2 dashes of Bittermens Mole Bitters


Education is important, but a good cocktail is importanter.

Today we are doing both, have you ever heard of an Agave Gin? Well, it is a thing. And it is amazing.

Gracias a Dios mezcal Gin was developed by students at Oaxaca State University. This spirit is somewhat unique as it’s made with agave Espadin, like the majority of other mezcals. Aside from a few differences, this spirit is made using the same process as any other mezcal. Distillation is one of the key differences. Gracias a Dios Gin is triple distilled, and during the additional third distillation, thirty-two hand-picked botanicals are added to the liquid. A touch of juniper prevails over the other flavors, although notes of citric and fresh herbs arise from this as well.

I am naming this cocktail; The Passion Boat. 
2 oz Gracias a Dios Mezcal gin
1/2 oz The big o liqueur ginger
1/2 oz Rhum clement orange liqueur
1/2 oz Agave syrup
1 oz Passion Fruit Juice
1 oz Lime Juice

Swizzle! Swizzle! Swizzle! And garnish it with a fresh oyster. PS: I only eat oyster if there is Mezcal involved

Pulling the Plug

Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention, and some of the ways people hid alcohol during Prohibition were quite inventive indeed. If it hadn’t all come to a fortunate end in 1933, hiding liquor might have become another major industry.

Muskrat La Framboise had one of those boats with a plug in it like a bathtub. When the police spotted him, he’d just pull the plug and the boat would sink. He’d go back to where it was later on when no one was around and he’d dive for the stuff. He was really good at this, and with the whiskey being in these jute bags and tied together at the top, the bags had these ears on them. When they were dumped overboard, you could dive down and pick them up by the ears and haul them to the surface.💸💸💸

Pulling the Plug 
1 1/2 oz Redemption whiskey
1/2 oz Cardamaro
1/2 oz China China
2 dashes Whiskey Barrel aged bitters
2 dashes Chocolate Bitters

Peychaud’s Brulee for garnish

Robb Vices

📣“You, Millenials, are always busy, always on the run” my mom says to me all the time, perhaps it is so true.

Nowadays a lot of things happen online, and buying cool stuff is no exception. 🤓 Subscription services have developed as an appealing alternative to leaving the house and getting your hustle on. The home-delivery sector has blossomed with unique services, from fashion and accessories, to food, liquor, and gaming.

📦 I just received my first box from @robbvices, this company delivers a curated selection of exceptional goods with the highest quality and craftsmanship. In any given month you can expect unique food to taste, 🍾 SPIRITS to fill your glass with, as well as tools and toys that empower the ultimate host and that will make the most discerning connoisseur smile.
The September box is super cool as it contains a bottle of @donciccioefigli Cinque aperitivo. It has a bitter orange peel flavor, supported by an underlying brown sugar sweetness and a dark, earthy finish. Perfect for fans of Campari, Aperol, and Cappelletti.

🍸 This cocktail I called “Cinque du UPS”
3/4 oz Cinque aperitivo
3/4 oz Egans Irish whiskey
3/4 oz Solerno 🍊
3/4 oz Cinzano Bianco
Orange Blossom water mist

Peace Pours

Today is the united nations World Peace Day, and drinkstagramers from all over the world will be joining hands (or cocktails) in an IG flashmob embodying and encouraging the idea of World Peace with the hashtag #peacepours

This one is dear to my heart as I have seen what greed for power does to a country. It destroyed an economy, brought hunger to its people, separated families, inticed war on the streets, parents burying their children is not the curse of nature. We put people in power to guide us towards a bright and a more prosperous future not to chaos, hunger, and war. There is no way to peace. Peace is the way. Venezuela wake up! 💛💙

My cocktail is called “Lejos Pero No Ausente” it roughly translate to “I am far away but I am not absent”

I am using Venezuelan Rum @rondiplomatico exclusiva // @giuliococchi Barolo Chinato // @giffardusa Crème de Fraise des bois // @angosturahouse bitters .

Special thanks to @theamaturemixologist for organizing such a great campaign.

Gin Confort

 So between the hurricane and the evacuations, I have been out of the game longer than I want to admit, but I am finally back behind the stick. 📣 My comfort zone!

I am now working on 🍁 my fall 🍁 recipes, and here is the first one. Give it a try!

Gin Confort
1 oz Rabbit Hole Gin
1 oz Lillet Rose
3/4 oz Clarified Lemon Juice
3/4 oz Mango Tea Syrup
1 Barspoon Pepper Infused Olives Brine
1 Dash Thyme Tincture

Angels Envy 4 The Trees

September marks Bourbon Heritage month! I am going to kickstart this month with a great cause, @angelsenvy will plant a white oak tree in the Daniel Boone Forest in Kentucky for each #AE4theTreeshashtag used this month. 🌳🌳🌳🌳

Here is mine!

🔊 Tree in a box!! 🎶
2 oz Angels Envy bourbon
1/2 oz Cocchi Barolo Chinato
1/2 oz Thyme infused @mancino_vermouth Bianco
3 dashes Angostura orange bitters

Let’s plant Trees and drink Bourbon people! 🤓