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Hurricane Minnie

Posted in Classic Cocktails, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2016 by cocktailvultures

Hurricane Minnie

minnie TYPEWe all love a drink with a history and an extra kick and it helps if it has something “witchy”  This drink was named after Minnie Castevet from one of our favorite movies, Rosemary’s Baby, and the inspiration for one of or more popular drinks, the Vodka Blush. Like her namesake the Hurricane Minnie is a pushy powerful drink that will leave you knocked out and wondering “ This is real, this is really happening”

  1. 1 oz dark rum
  2. 1 0z light rum
  3. .25 oz 151 rum
  4. .50 oz Strega
  5. 0 oz passion fruit syrup
  6. .50 lemon juice

Shake with ice and serve over ice in a hurricane glass

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Widow Jane’s “Older Fashioned”

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, Drink It Like a Man, Uncategorized, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 18, 2013 by cocktailvultures

older fashioned insta copy 2Widow Jane’s Older Fashioned

Today’s drinkers and distillers are changing their minds about rye, that very American booze formerly favored by older gentlemen with barroom tans and smelly sweaters. We recently sampled a great new rye with local provenance; Widow Jane Rye ( is made with pure water from a limestone mine in nearby Rosendale, NY and distilled and aged in Brooklyn. An “Older Fashioned” seemed the best way to enjoy its smooth, dry flavor.  We call it an “Older” Fashioned due to the rich and robust flavor derived from the Cranberry and Plum compote which gives an elegant depth to the drink, as opposed to the candy counter sweetness of the standard maraschino cherries. This would be a great cocktail to hand around before or after the Big Holiday Dinner.  Cranberries aren’t just for turkey!

In a rocks glass:

Muddle an orange slice with a dash or two of Bitters (we used Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters)  and a heaping  teaspoon of Cranberry Plum Compote (instructions to follow).

Add 3 ounces Widow Jane Rye. Stir, stir, stir.

Add your desired number of ice cubes. Stir, stir, stir.

Top up with an ounce or so of club soda. Stir, stir, stir.

Test for temperature — it should be very cold — and add a swizzle stick. Another pristine piece of orange peel may be used as garnish.


Cranberry Plum Compote

To a saucepan, add:

2 cups fresh cranberries
1/4 cup dried plums or other dried fruit
3/4 to 1 cup light brown sugar
Water to cover berries

Keep stirring over medium heat until the cranberries start popping their skins. Remove from heat and let stand to cool. Store in refrigerator up to 3-5 days.

Giving the Raspberry

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2013 by cocktailvultures

Marco Polo Raspberry Syrup

Your Vultures usually shy away from commercial syrups because it’s so easy to make great syrup with fresh ingredients in your own kitchen. But fruit syrups are only as good as the fruit you just bought and at the wrong time of the year, those pretty red berries are actually flavorless.

Marco Polo to the rescue! We were enticed to pull this bottle off a shelf at our favorite market, Adams Fairacre Farms, and were rewarded by its bright taste of raspberry and natural sugar, with no artificial ingredients or preservatives. It makes a delicious Knickerbocker and a great Clover Club. It would also be lovely with some ice and seltzer to make your own natural fruit soda. Watch this space as we explore Marco Polo’s other flavors!


A Cocktail App We Can Get Behind

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, Tools of the Trade, Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 19, 2013 by cocktailvultures

Most cocktail apps are atrocious conglomerations of misinformation and fratboy “recipes” that make us cringe or laugh out loud.

The exception is Flip N’Drink, an app with recipes overseen by Gary Regan. The recipes contain interesting historical information as well as suggestions for similar drinks, and the photos are lovely.


Mother Gin Sling ala Cocktail Vultures by way of “The Shanghai Gesture”

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, Girl Drink Drunk, Uncategorized, What I'm Mixing with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2013 by cocktailvultures

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Mother Gin Sling

Inspired by “The Shanghai Gesture”

Originally a play set in a brothel in Shanghai, centered around a former debutante addicted to drugs, Shanghai Gesture was cleaned up for Hollywood and made into a quirky film by Josef Von Sternberg. How could we fail to love a film set in a casino, where the pretty hostesses are all named after cocktails, and managed by a woman named Mother Gin Sling?

The Cocktail Vultures have always had a thing for Chinese New Year and fake “ching-chong,” and decided to do a little transformation of our own. We give you the Mother Gin Sling.

To an iced shaker, add:

2 ounces dry gin (we used Plymouth’s
1/2 ounce St. Germain elderflower liqueur
3/4 ounce freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1 ounce Jasmine Syrup*
2 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters

Shake vigorously and strain into an ice-filled highball glass.

Note: This cocktail is very “gin-forward.” Any gin will work in it, but different gins affect it differently. We tried it with Plymouth, Warwick ( and Bombay Sapphire (, achieving a uniquely-pleasing result each time, and settling on Plymouth as our favorite.

* Jasmine Syrup:
Brew jasmine tea and add an equal amount of sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Store in refrigerator for up to one week.

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Posted in Uncategorized on February 2, 2013 by cocktailvultures

Up from the Depths it rises again!


Call of Cthulhu: A Cocktail

By Peggy Nadramia and Joe Netherworld

Since the beginning of our association in the Cocktail Lab, we have discussed our mutual desire to create a libation evoking the essence of the slumbering horror that is Cthulhu, the cosmic Old One first brought to the consciousness of man by New England author, Howard Phillips Lovecraft. But it couldn’t happen until the stars were right, and we had received the Elder Sign. The time has come.

The Cocktail Vultures have been pleasing your palate for awhile now, but all is not fun and games here at the Lab. Last night we were possessed with an irresistible frenzy to mix, to mix well, and to taste a drink both powerful and beguiling. We have found it.

The short story “Call of Cthulhu” first appeared in 1928, in an issue of Weird Tales, the pulp magazine familiar to every…

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Maraschino: a secret dusty old time ingredient

Posted in Classic Cocktails, Tools of the Trade, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 7, 2013 by cocktailvultures


Maraschino lends, in simple terms, an Olde Time flavor to vintage and modern cocktails.

Once you’ve tasted it in a recipe, you’ll always recognize its strangely compelling flavor. A little goes a looooong way.

We can only recommend Luxardo as a brand because of the proprietary nature of the formula — it’s the real deal.

Prohibition Repeal Day! December 5th

Posted in Booze News and Events, Classic Cocktails, Drink It Like a Man, Girl Drink Drunk, Meet the Vulture Squadron, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2012 by cocktailvultures



If ever there was a day for Cocktailians, Imbibers, Drunks and Casual Tipplers to celebrate, it’s today, which marks the 79th anniversary of the repeal of the 18th amendment, Prohibition, or as we like to call it, Alcoholic Independence Day.

So go out or stay in and raise a glass to common sense and good taste and to the fine work of forgotten bootleggers of yore who kept us at least in bathtub gin and smuggled rum, and to Al Capone who made his legend keeping the hooch flowing.

Wild Samoans and Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Posted in Booze News and Events, Girl Drink Drunk, Uncategorized on July 9, 2011 by cocktailvultures

Wild Samoan

Creamy, sweet, chocolate and toasted coconut, it’s…

The Wild Samoan

2 ounces caramel vodka (we prefer
2 ounces coconut rum (we prefer
2 oz amaretto
4 oz melted vanilla ice cream

Shake with ice. Strain into prepared cocktail glass.

Chill a sturdy cocktail glass thoroughly in freezer. Apply chocolate syrup by twirling glass while holding it at an angle by its stem, then refreezing.

Toast shredded coconut on cookie sheet in 350• oven. Remove glass from freezer. Pour additional syrup in a shallow vessel and rim glass with same. Apply shredded coconut to rim of glass. Serve immediately or refreeze.

The Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cocktail

2 ounces chocolate vodka (we prefer 360•)
4 ounces homemade strawberry reduction
1/2 ounces pomegranate juice (Pom is recommended)

Shake vigorously with ice for at least a minute. Strain into frozen cocktail glass. A fresh strawberry would make a lovely garnish.

Strawberry reduction is made from fresh or frozen strawberries, water and sugar in equal amounts. Heat gently on the stove until sugar is dissolved and strawberries break down. Place in a sealed container and chill until cocktail time.

The Tiki Slammer

Posted in Booze News and Events, Girl Drink Drunk, Uncategorized on July 9, 2011 by cocktailvultures

Just the thing for a summer deck party, this new take on a classic cocktail replaces orange juice with more tropical ingredients. Go find that souvenir hurricane glass and whatever you do, don’t forget the mint!

The Tiki Slammer

1 oz Southern Comfort
1 oz sloe gin
1 oz Amaretto
2 oz pineapple juice
3/4 oz fresh lime juice

Shaken over ice. Pour into a hurricane glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with an orange wheel and a sprig of mint.