Cocktail of the Month: Ginger Shandy

ginger shandy recipe

Spring has sprung, and with it comes the opportunity for outdoor entertaining. Finding the right, and somewhat tame, drink to serve is a key element to an afternoon gathering or perfect brunch. The shandy offers light refreshment with just a hint of ‘spirited’ kick. The shandy is generally made of beer mixed with a soft […]

Cocktail of the Month: Sazerac

sazerac cocktail

Tasty cocktail. weird name.The Sazerac cocktail is a delightful and aromatic drink that packs a punch. While it is primarily made with rye whiskey, that wasn’t always the case. In the early days, the sazerac was made with brandy or cognac. The cognac of choice at the time in New Orleans was Sazerac de Forge […]

Cocktail of the Month: Hot Buttered Rum

hot buttered rum recipe

Warm up even the coldest winter days with our Cocktail of the Month: Hot Buttered Rum. This traditional drink is simple to prepare in no time with a make-ahead batter that can be saved in your freezer for months at a time and be ready when necessary. savour… warm spirits The History Like many hot […]

New Year’s Toast: The Cocktails

new year's cocktails

Be prepared to welcome 2014 with your guests by making sure everyone is well-equipped to participate in the toast. We have gathered together some of our favorite cocktail recipes from the last 4 holiday seasons at Today’s Nest. There is sure to be something for everyone here. If you have already stocked your bar, you […]

9 Days of Holiday: Day Seven

white russian recipe

You need a drink.Well, I need a drink. I’m just going to assume you do, too. It has been a very hectic (yet fun) holiday season and a little relaxation is in order. To get you through that last turn and into the home stretch we offer this month’s Cocktail of the Month: The White […]

History of the Hot Toddy

black tea hot toddy recipe

As cooler temperatures finally set in around most of the country, it is time to turn our attention to the cold-weather favorite, the Hot Toddy. The Toddy has been coming to the rescue to take the chill off for several centuries. For many years it was used as a treatment for the common cold (although […]

Cocktail of the Month: The Rusty Nail

rusty nail cocktail recipe

The Rusty Nail has faded in and out of favor over the years. Its popularity peaked in the mid 20th century. Many attribute the zenith to the fact that the drink was reportedly a favorite among the Rat Pack. As the popularity of darker spirits gave way to lighter ones toward the latter part of […]

Cocktail of the Month: Brandy Alexander

brandy alexander recipe

With roots deep in American cocktail history, the Brandy Alexander has its own story to tell. All signs indicate that the drink started as a variation of the gin-based Alexander, which made its first printed appearance in the 1915 book Recipes for Mixed Drinks by Hugo Ensslin.  Common belief holds that it was created by […]

Cocktail of the Month: The Grasshopper

grasshopper cocktail recipe

The story of the grasshopper is fairly cut and dry. The sweet, minty concoction began as an entry into a cocktail contest in New York City. The man behind the magic was Philibert Guichet Jr., owner of Tujaque’s bar and restaurant in New Orleans. Interestingly, the recipe won the second place prize. What makes this […]

Cocktail of the Month: The Sidecar

sidecar cocktail recipe

As with so many other cocktail stories, the story of the Sidecar is a bit vague. It seems both London and Paris want to lay claim to its origin. In both cases, the drink appeared sometime around World War I. According to David Embury in The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, the cocktail was born in […]