Thursday, April 18, 2024

Weekend Imbibing: Classic Cocktail Combo For Optimal Chill

You have your staple drink—an on-call favorite, but how about chilling this weekend with a different one?  The LA Times calls The Art Of The Bar  one of the six essential cocktail books for the home enthusiast.

Created by two innovative bartenders and book creator  Piper/Keller, this book focuses on making cocktails based on the upgraded classic recipes with an emphasis on pulling ingredients  from our gastronomically diverse world.   These three drinks are sure to add some simple relaxation to your end of the week.  Have the Black Bomber with your brunch and chill the rest of the afternoon with, well, the Death in the Afternoon.  Save the Sherry Twist Cocktail #1 for a little evening treat!

Death in the Afternoon

Photo by Frankie Frankeny
Photo by Frankie Frankeny
  • ¼  ounce pastis, preferably Pernod
  • Champagne

Pour the Pernod into a champagne flute and fill with Champagne

Black Bomber

Photo by Frankie Frankeny
Photo by Frankie Frankeny
  • 1 shot espresso
  • ¼  ounce anisette
  • 1 ½ ounces light gin
  • dash of orange bitters (optional)
  • 3 espresso beans for garnish

Add ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.  The drink will be foamy, top the foam with the coffee beans.

Sherry Twist Cocktail #1

Photo by Frankie Frankeny
Photo by Frankie Frankeny
  • 1 ounce sherry
  • ½ ounce brandy
  • ½ ounce French dry vermouth
  • ¼ ounce Cointreau
  • ¼ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Cinnamon stick for garnish

Combine all the ingredients but the cinnamon stick in an ice filled cocktail shaker.  Shake until cold, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with the cinnamon stick.  Serves one.


Named one of the 100 Most Creative People in the US by Entertainment Weekly , Frankie captures images for some of the best names in culinary.  

Frankie has helped create: The Art of the Bar: Cocktails Based on the Classics;The Model Bakery Cookbook; Miette: Recipes from San Francisco’s Most Charming Pastry Shop; The Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook and The Star Wars Cookbook Series. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


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