3 Drinks Perfect for Homemade Mixers

By: 
A.J. Rathbun
The delicious Chartreuse Daisy

Recently, we wrote about the five essential home bar tools, and cocktail mixers you should make yourself instead of buying. So now that you have the bar stocked with proper tools and the mixers made, the fun really begins--making drinks at home will charm friends and make your parties (big and small) more memorable. Herewith, a few drinks that use the mixers referenced in last week's post. All of these are from my book, Ginger Bliss and the Violet Fizz.

Autumn Leaves: This dreamy number (which can be made, title aside, right now as well as in autumn) was created by Portland genius bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler. He also provide the cinnamon tincture recipe used here and detailed in our mixers post.
Cracked ice
3/4 ounces rye (I think Woodinville Whiskey Co. rye is a good idea)
3/4 ounce Clear Creek apple brandy
3/4 Carpano Antica
1/4 ounce Strega
2 dashes cinnamon tincture
Ice cubes

1 wide orange peel

1. Fill a cocktail shaker or mixing glass halfway full with cracked ice. Add the rye, apple brandy, Carpano Antica, Strega, and cinnamon tincture. Stir well.
2. Fill an Old-Fashioned glass with ice cubes. Strain the mix into the glass and over the ice. Garnish with the orange peel.

Chartreuse Daisy: The Daisy is a classic old family of drinks that employ a little sweet, a little citrus, and a spirit to make their way in the world. This one is highlighted by homemade grenadine, as well as the lovely French liqueur that shares the drink’s name.

Cracked ice
2 ounces gin (try Seattle Distilling Company’s Alpinist gin here)
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 ounce grenadine
1 ounce yellow Chartreuse
Strawberry, for garnish
Orange slice, for garnish


1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with cracked ice. Add the gin, lemon juice, and grenadine. Shake very well, until the shaker gets frosty.
2. Fill a goblet three-quarters up with cracked ice. Strain the mixture over the ice. Stir briefly. Float the Chartreuse over the ice, and stir again briefly. Garnish with the strawberry and the orange slice.

Roman Cooler: Friends, drinkers, partypeople, lend me your glasses; this drink comes to bury thirstyness, not to increase it. It also uses simple syrup, which you should always make and have around, to add a touch of sweet.

Ice cubes
1-1/2 ounces gin (Sound Spirits Ebb+Flow gin goes well here)
3/4 ounce Punt e’ Mes
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 ounce Simple Syrup
Chilled club soda


1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice cubes. Add the gin, Punt e’ Mes, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake well.
2. Fill a highball glass three-quarters full with ice cubes. Strain the mixture over the ice and into the glass.
3. Fill the glass almost to the rim with club soda. Stir briefly.

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