TDN Wrap-Up and Exciting Announcement

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I am beyond excited for this week’s Thursday Drink Night, and the reasons for my joy are pretty simple:

This Week’s TDN

  1. It starts early, at 6pm EST, and will feature a panel on cocktail garnishes with Tiare from A Mountain of Crushed Ice, who I consider one of the most creative cocktail garnishers out there, myself, and Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, who you all know if you read this blog.
  2. Jeff Berry is going to stick around for a tiki-themed TDN!

Oh, and one more thing: If you’re going to still be at work during the chat, bring in a lemon, lime, and a vegetable peeler. Because there’s nothing like spritzing your monitor with citrus oil in the afternoon.

The Wrap-Up

Last week’s TDN brought out a host of new attendees as well as the usual group of cocktail writers, freaks, and bartenders. Though the theme was honey syrup, it might as well have been Campari, as the beautiful red potion appeared in more than a few creations. The best of which ended up being the highlight of the night. The Campari Dolce was created by Stevi Deter from Two At The Most, and for her efforts she has won herself a bottle of St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram.

Campari Dolce

  • 1 1/2oz gin
  • 1oz Campari
  • 1/2oz honey mix
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

Shake with cracked ice and strain into a chilled victory cup.

Stevi from Two At The Most

An interesting variation ups the honey syrup to 3/4oz and adds in 1/2oz Martini and Rossi Bianco.

Haven’t made it to a TDN yet? Get the details! Or just come Chat With Us now.

The Cocktails

The following two libations require a bit of work, but the pay-off is worth it. Not to mention, homemade raspberry syrup is delicious and should be in way more cocktails.

Funkin’ Raspberry

  • 2oz bourbon
  • 1/4oz maraschino liqueur
  • 1/2oz lime juice
  • 2oz passionfruit juice or 2oz pineapple juice and 2t of passion fruit syrup
  • 1oz raspberry syrup
  • 1/2oz honey mix
  • mint sprig and cherry, for garnish

Shake. Double-strain over crushed or cracked ice, and garnish with a small mint leaf and a cherry. Raspberry syrup: Add 1c fresh or frozen raspberries to 1/2c sugar and 1/2c water and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain to get rid of the seeds.

Tiare from A Mountain of Crushed Ice

Old Haiti

  • 2.5oz Barbancourt 5 star
  • 1oz lime juice
  • 1oz passion fruit juice
  • 1oz honey mix
  • 1 dash TraderTiki’s Falernum Bitters
  • lemon twist, for garnish

Shake with crushed ice and strain into an appropriate tiki vessel.

Tiare from A Mountain of Crushed Ice

In an attempt to further court Fee Brother’s, SeanMike has come up with yet another cocktail including their new cherry bitters. A delicious sour indeed.

Kentucky Spiced Sour

  • 2oz bourbon
  • 1oz honey syrup
  • 1oz lemon juice
  • 1/2oz allspice dram
  • 2 dashes cherry bitters

Shake with lots of cracked ice and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.

SeanMike from Scofflaw’s Den

The following was nearly perfect for the slightly crispening fall weather. A touch dry, yet still very refreshing.


  • 2oz gin
  • 1oz lime juice
  • 1/2oz honey syrup
  • 5-6 mint leaves

Muddle mint with honey syrup and lime juice. Fill with ice, add gin, and stir.


Another from John:

The New Antiquity

  • 1oz Carpano Antica
  • 1/2oz applejack
  • 1/2 oz dry gin
  • 1/2oz orange juice
  • 1/4 oz honey mix
  • 1/8 oz cinnamon syrup
  • 1/8 oz pimento dram
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • 1 dash Fee’s whiskey barrel-aged bitters

Build or shake, as you please.


Brandy doesn’t always make its way to the bar during TDN, so it was nice to see such a nice treatment. This next potion came from Marshall, a TDN regular and co-author of Scofflaw’s Den.

A Sidecar to Milan

  • 2oz brandy
  • 1/2oz honey syrup
  • 1/2oz cinnamon syrup
  • 3/4oz ramazzotti
  • 2 dashes whiskey barrel bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a frigid cup of potations.

Marshall from Scofflaw’s Den

The combination of orange and the violette is really nicely featured in this first cocktail, and the swizzle that follows was a hit late into the evening.

Violet Bee

  • 2oz light Puerto Rican rum
  • 1/2oz orange juice
  • 1/2oz honey syrup
  • 1/4oz creme de violette

Shake with crinkled ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Rick from Kaiser Penguin

151 and Honey

  • 2oz Lemon Hart 151
  • 1oz lime juice
  • 1/2oz honey syrup
  • 8 drops Herbsaint
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Swizzle with a plethora of crushed ice for -at least- one minute.

Rick from Kaiser Penguin

Stevi followed up her winning Campari Dolce with a variation using rum. It was quite interesting, and a tasty mix.

Bitter Jamaican Chocolate

  • 2oz Jamaican rum
  • 1oz Campari
  • 1oz honey syrup
  • 1/2oz lemon juice

Shake with delicious ice and strain into a chilled goblet.

Stevi from Two At The Most


[rhesuspieces00]: Try adding soda water and an egg white. That makes everything better.

Join Us This Thursday!

From 6pm EST on we’ll be garnishing and whipping up new tiki drinks. Prizes and theme will be announced in the chat room sometime this week. And they are sweet.

Come chat with us! bar.mixoloseum.com

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  1. tiareNo Gravatar says:

    I think Stevis Campari cocktail was a clear winner, congrats Stevi! whom i also have asked to make more creations like that to feed my never ending needs for good Campari drinks, campari geek as i am.

    The Bitter Jamaican chocolate really intrigues me too, but there i would like to also add some real dark and bitter chocolate something…if i just had the Mole bitters..

    And as usual a whole armada of nice drinks to try! i wonder when i shall get time to work.

  2. […] go back a week or so.  Let’s say…Thursday Drink Night!  That’s always a night of fun and last week was no exception.  I’m proud of the […]

  3. […] made a batch of raspberry syrup for last week’s TDN, and more specifically for Tiare’s Funkin’ Raspberry, I thought this would be a perfect excuse to use my new vanilla […]

  4. seezeeNo Gravatar says:

    well, i needed a recipe to try a bottle of m&r biaco vermouth i just acquired, so i made stevi’s recipe, too. wow. wow. wow!


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