#1- You…but in a good way.
The one where you find out how Gina’s old-fashioned childhood has influenced her professional style. (Original release date- 03/31/19)
Recipe - The Old Fashioned
The Old Fashioned is a cocktail generally made by mixing sugar with bitters, then whiskey (usually rye) and finally a twist of citrus rind. Sometimes people will use brandy instead of whiskey. Usually you serve it in a rocks or tumbler glass which is also sometimes called an Old Fashioned glass, after the drink. We take a slightly less traditional approach, and also take the easy road. Using the amazing Barsmith Old Fashioned (not a sponsor but feel free to call us!) Cocktail mixer, my favorite rye whiskey, and a squeeze of orange along with our citrus rind. Sometimes a splash of water will help ‘open the nose’ of the whiskey as well and give it that extra amazingness.
2 oz Angel’s Envy Rye Whiskey (a.k.a. mana from heaven)
Dash Orange Bitters
Put ingredients in cocktail shaker with some ice. Shake well. Pour over an ice sphere or large cube of ice. Garnish with a long beautiful strip of citrus peel.
#2- Former Fatties
The one where you find out why even after weight loss we both still identify as fat, funny and fabulous. (Release date- 04/07/19)
The Witty Comeback
This recipe we found on the interwebs and thought it sounded wonderful because 1) bourbon and 2) ginger and what’s not to like about that? You can find it here and we hope you like it. They call it “an example of a house cocktail with three key elements: accessible main ingredients (rye and lemon), something homemade (ginger syrup), and something a little obscure (amaro Averna).” We actually didn’t home make the ginger syrup because #lazy. As always, the recipe is below so you don’t have to hunt for this. Gina made it as is, but I decided to add a bit extra Amaro Averna and reduce the lemon just a bit because I like enamel on my teeth. Dat ginger though! YUM!
2 oz Rye Whiskey (we used Angel’s Envy though the recipe recommends Old Overholt)
1/2 oz Amaro Averna
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz Ginger Simple Syrup (we used Pratt Standard)
Orange twist— for serving
Combine rye, Averna, lemon juice and simple syrup in cocktail shaker; fill shaker with ice. Shake about 30 seconds. Strain into a coupe glass or a rocks glass filled with ice and garnish with an orange twist.
#3- You have to love your kids more than you hate your ex.
The one where you find out why Stick and DB are asses. (Release date- 04/14/19)
If you like a Moscow Mule, then a Kentucky Mule will definitely float your boat. Made with Kentucky Bourbon, simple syrup/mule mix, ginger beer and fresh lime it’s super easy to make and is currently T’s & my go-to cocktail nearly every night. We sometimes do use our mule mugs (the totally sweet copper kind) but I didn’t feel like hand washing them tonight, so I used a rocks glass which is perfectly acceptable and doesn’t mean I’m a bad person.
2 oz Kentucky Bourbon (tonight we had Colonel E.H. Taylor Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey on hand so thats what we used)
Ginger Beer of choice (we prefer Bundaberg)
Squeeze of fresh lime
Put whiskey and mule mix in cocktail shaker with some ice. Shake well. Pour into a mule mug or a rocks glass.
#4- There’s no goth like a country goth.
The one where you learn if we are too old for winged eyeliner, message tees and fun hair colors. BONUS— Gina confesses her goth transgressions from the 80s. (Release date- 04/21/19)
The Black Manhattan
So in a previous episode we used Amaro to make The Witty Comeback. We both really liked the flavor, plus it only comes in a giant bottle. So we looked for another recipe with it and found this amazing cocktail. Basically a Manhattan (generally whiskey or rye, bitters and vermouth) but instead of vermouth, this has Amaro! Win/win. Still not using the right style glass (are you sensing a pattern here?) but I will try to get better so I don’t get slain on social. As Milly would say, “Don’t @ me bro.”
2 oz rye whiskey (we used Angel’s Envy)
1/2 oz Amaro Averna
dash orange bitters
dash Angostura bitters
maraschino cherry for garnish (I actually had a Rainier cherry instead- that’s why it’s yellow)
Combine rye, Averna, bitters in a mixing glass with ice; stir vigorously for about 30 seconds. Strain into a glass and add the cherry.
#5- Moar Fashionable Advice
The one where we let you know that no matter what, we know florals are best in upholstery, bouquets and cocktails. (Release date- 04/28/19)
The Black Orchid is a cocktail that Gina first had at a super from-frou cocktail lounge in New York City. Having just finished seeing a Broadway show with a group of girlfriends, they went to the top of Rockefeller Center called Bar SixtyFive which is part of the illustrious Rainbow Room. Ever since she tried this, her country heart sang and she’s been harping at me to try it. I did and I hate to admit it but the cocktail was fabulous. Maybe this time she actually IS right? We’re not changing the name though. Plus, Always Once Right sounds stupid. Anyhow, here’s the recipe for the “Black Orchid”.
1 1/4 oz orange flavored vodka (we used Grey Goose l’Orange )
3/4 oz Creme de Violette
3/4 oz simple syrup
dash peach bitters
Edible orchid or other flower for garnish (I got these from our yard— yay spring!)
Combine everything but the flower in the cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a glass and add the flower.
#6- Queens…Under pressure
The one where you find out that anxiety is normal and it’s okay to fizz out. (Release date- 05/05/19)
l’Orange Grand Fizz
This weeks cocktail is one using Elderflower liqueur (in keeping with our spring theme). I want to give a call out to our bougie ice again, Howard & Sons Ice in Dallas has simply the most incredible hand cut ice. I know it’s decadent and probably people think it’s a waste but I will do my hair at home if it means I can keep getting this ice. It’s amazing and it makes my cocktails SO happy. I swear it melts slower and it’s crystal clear. Seriously lovely. It makes it taste better!
1 1/2 oz orange flavored vodka (we used Grey Goose l’Orange )
1/2 oz fresh orange juice
1 oz fizzy water
3 wedges fresh orange
Combine everything but the water and oranges in the cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a glass and add fizzy water. Stir to mix. Add the orange wedges and serve.
#7- It’s funny and it really shouldn’t be
The one where you hear about a little of what we think is funny, regardless of whether it should be or not. (Release date- 05/12/19)
One website called this a “jewel toned sipper” but really it should be called more of a “reddish-fuck-you-up-juice”. The former is more eloquent and elegant, but the latter is more accurate. Personally, I feel like the clear liquors like vodka sneak up on me more than the darker liquors like bourbon. Those bring a gradual, easy buzz. Clear booze, I’m sober until -BAM- I’m not sober. This lovely cocktail is super simple to make, you can use whatever booze you have on hand and make a fantastic bevvy that will carry you through the summer. I can totally see sipping this sucker by the pool this summer. Count on that. This is the shit.
2 oz vodka (we used Absolut Elyx)
1 oz lime juice (fresh is best…always)
1 oz simple syrup (Barsmith of course)
1 T Blackberry Jam
Combine everything in the cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously. Strain into a glass with crushed ice and drink up! YUM! (Seriously, yum.)
#8- Treat yo’ self!
The one where you find out why we think self-care is very important for everyone, but maybe especially women. (Release date- 05/19/19)
The Aviation Cocktail
In finding a cocktail that was gin and something not obscure, I came across one that used Creme de Violette which we had used previously in the Black Orchid. Apparently this cocktail was once all the rage, and now it’s basically obscure. I contend that it’s because it uses gin and mostly I don’t prefer gin as a spirit. Gina, on the other hand thinks gin is lovely and wondrous. She purports that a magical gin called Monkey 47, which contains 47 botanicals and doesn’t taste like soap will change my mind forever. So, with that in mind, we try this classic cocktail and maybe we will singlehandedly bring it back into fashion. That could totally happen, right?
2 oz gin (we used Monkey 47)
1/2 oz lemon juice (fresh is best…always)
1/4 oz maraschino liquor (our choice was Luxardo because it had the coolest bottle)
1/2 oz Creme de Violette
Combine everything in the cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a glass and enjoy.
#9-Laundry Tiaras and Medusa Decor
The one where you get to journey a little deeper into our dork forest, learn more about why we do what we do, and where you can get a Laundry Tiara. (Release date- 05/26/19)
The Classic Mojito
After me begging for a break from gin, we are briefly switching to rum, because we both had some on hand. I promise we will come back for more gin later, at least a couple more times, mostly because I’m still stuck with a bunch of gin and kind of want to find a gin cocktail that I don’t think is gross. We also have talked about our affinity for Mojitos before, and so we decided this would be an easy one to try.
2 oz white rum
1 oz lime juice
1 oz simple syrup
fresh mint (some?)
Muddle (that means smash) the mint in the bottom of your shaker with a little bit of simple syrup. Add lime juice and rum to the cocktail shaker along with ice and shake until chilled (at least another 30 seconds). Strain into a highball glass. Top with club soda and enjoy.
#10- Ladies night: A devolution- the epic episode
The one where you get to meet some of our circle, and find out a little more about just how deep our dork goes. (Release date- 06/02/19)
The Gin Fizz
I guess there are a lot of different ‘fizz’ cocktails, but really the only one I’ve ever heard of is the Gin Fizz. I always was a little afraid of it because #raweggsarescary but with the invention of pasteurized packaged egg whites (at a grocery store near you) it makes it less daunting. So I decided this would be our try for this week. Also, having decided that the Monkey 47 was more Gina’s speed, I tried Ryan Reynold’s Aviation Gin which I did like better. It’s still gin, but overall, this cocktail was way better than last week. T-Rex a.k.a. Rexy also didn’t hate it. Bravo Ryan Reynolds.
2 oz Aviation gin
3/4 oz lemon juice (fresh is best…always)
3/4 oz simple syrup
1 egg white (about 1/2 oz)
Combine gin, lemon juice, syrup and egg white in the cocktail shaker and dry shake for 30 seconds. Then, add ice and shake until chilled (at least another 30 seconds). Strain into a fizz or highball glass. Top with soda water and enjoy.
#11- Trips down Memory Lane (not the clumsy kind)
The one where you get to hear about some of our travels together and our thoughts on future destinations. (Release date- 06/09/19)
When I was younger, I lived for a little while in San Antonio and learned about the Hurricane. It’s a classic DRANK drink that just helps you have a wicked good time. Apparently it started at Pat O’Brien’s bar in NOLA in the 1940s. I did not realize that Pat O’Brien isn’t the golf guy or the death metal guitarist, but just a normal restaurant guy from New Orleans. If you can’t find passionfruit juice at your normal grocery, check the natural food grocer. I found it at Sprout’s Farmers Market.
2 oz light rum
2 oz dark rum
2 oz passionfruit juice
1 oz orange juice
1 tablespoon simple syrup (Barsmith again!)
1 tablespoon grenadine
Garnish with cherry and orange slice
Combine all the stuff in the shaker, add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a hurricane glass. Garnish and enjoy. Sorry, I was out of cherries. I think Milly might have eaten them when I wasn’t looking.
#12- Advice Column- Do as I say, not as I do.
The one where you learn how Gina got drunk and got knocked up. (Release date- 06/16/19)
I did NOT even know when I chose this drink, the hallowed and storied history that it would allow us to present for you! The history of the drink is cool, too. So, there was this guy named Trader Vic who decided to showcase this delicious rum he had by adding the lime, orgeat (which is almond syrup) and orange liquor. He served it to friends who said in Tahitian “Maita’i roa a’e,” which apparently means “The best!” so he called it a Mai Tai. That ORRRRRR…. A guy named ‘Don the Beachcomber’ says Vic basically ripped off the flavor profile from his own recipe for a punch he served at his place. Either way, it’s a damn fine beverage. Also, Tricky Dick liked it and it was the official cocktail of the Nixon Administration, so there’s that. You’ll have to listen to the episode to hear how this influenced Gina’s life. #sorryNina #kindagrossforyou
1.5 oz Añejo Rum
1/2 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz orgeat syrup
1/2 squeezed lime
Combine all ingredients in the cocktail shaker or mixing glass. Shake with ice. Strain over ice into glass. Garnish with a lime wheel and mint sprig.
#13- Parenting Fails: Mama Mortification and Load-bearing bones
The one where you hear just how successfully we implement our parenting skills. Hint: not so well sometimes. (Release date: 06/23/19)
The Mama Rosa
Remember when I said that all the drinks with whackadoo ingredients were ones that Gina picked? Yeah, this is one of those. It’s yummy. But it’s full of WTF stuff. Now, again we’re stuck with gin. I did post on our Facebook page about a gin that I tried that wasn’t gross. Well, I tried that one after this one. This one we’re back to the Ryan Reynolds gin wish also isn’t gross but it isn’t maybe quite as good as the Botanist. If Ryan Reynolds wants to change my mind, I’m listening. I will mention though, that even T liked this drink. As a matter of fact, I liked this drink enough that I got seriously polluted.
2 oz Aviation Gin (Gina uses Monkey 47)
2 oz Rose Liqueur
1/2 oz grenadine
1/2 oz squeezed lemon juice
dash orange bitters
Combine all ingredients in the cocktail shaker or mixing glass. Shake with ice. Strain over ice into glass. Drink up.
#14- Would You Rather?- Trade-in Moms and Chicken Rage
The one where you learn a little bit more about the way we think. (Release date - 06/30/19)
The Aperol Spritz
According to a bunch of stuff I read on the interwebs, including Liquor.com, the Aperol Spritz is basically THE cocktail of the summer, and it’s making a comeback and a bunch of other stuff like that. So because we are so very chic and cutting edge, we decided we would try it. I was a little surprised to find out that it’s low in alcohol. Maybe because it’s a wine based cocktail? Even the Aperol itself only has about half the alcohol than it’s cousin, Campari. Regardless, we took one for the team and tried it anyhow. It’s beautiful to look at! Very shiny and orange.
3 oz prosecco
2 oz Aperol
1 oz soda water
Add all ingredients into a wine glass with ice and stir. Garnish with an orange slice. (In fairness, I didn’t have a wine glass that I could find. Be kind, remember I just moved and I’m still not all unpacked.)
#15- An Informal Book Club with Pollyanna Nihilism
The one where you hear us get our über nerd on, and realize that Gina really IS that much of a goody-goody. (Release date - 07/07/19)
We’re looking for things that we can make with booze we already have. And of course Angel’s Envy Rye is our favorite so let’s use that as much as possible, eh? And champagne, let’s not forget to always use champagne if we can. Don't tell Gina this part though, but the real reason I picked this drink is because I wanted to learn how to flame an orange twist ever since I saw Reese Witherspoon do it on some TV commercial a few years back. So now I can do it too. The (semi)proof is on our Facebook Page! I’m such a badass.
1 1/2 oz Rye whiskey
3/4 oz Cherry brandy (which is clear by the way!?!)
1/2 oz Fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
1 oz Chilled Champagne
Orange twist, flamed
Shake the first four ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with champagne. Flame an orange twist and add. Feel fancy.
The one where you learn about all the jobs we’ve loved before. That got us in and out our door. We’re glad they came along, we dedicate this song (or episode), to all the jobs we’ve loved before. (Release date - 07/14/19)
One morning I woke up and was perusing the internet, pulled up Insta and what did I behold? Angel’s Envy had posted this gorgeous drink. Again with the Angel’s Envy you say? Yeah, but when you taste it you’ll say “Again with the Angel’s Envy!”
1 1/2 oz Angel’s Envy Bourbon (not the rye this time!)
1/2 oz peach liqueur— we used schnapps
splash of lemon juice
splash of simple syrup
two dashes ANGOSTURA aromatic bitters
Shake these ingredients vigorously until foamy, then pour all contents into a rocks glass. Drizzle two dashes of bitters on top for appearance and flavor. Pour and enjoy!
#17- Food! Glorious food!
The one where you hear more about how much we like to eat. And it’s a lot. I smell a recurring theme. (Release date - 07/21/19)
OOPS! I did it again! Yeah, I invented this. Well, for certain values of invented. Inspired by a few other recipes, I admit, I’m kind of getting into this ‘craft libation’ thing. For this drink, I soaked some fresh pitted black cherries in bourbon overnight, which infuses the booze and ‘macerates’ the cherries. Then added that to some actual cherry liquor. Ginja d’Obidos is a Portuguese liqueur and apparently its very well known there. If it isn’t already, it should be a national treasure, because this is SERIOUSLY good. Mixed up well it turned into quite a tasty beverage, indeed.
2 oz Brown Sugar Bourbon (infused with cherry)
1 oz Ginja d’Obidos
1/2 lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
Crush cherries into the bottom of a rocks glass. Add cocktail ice. Add all but cherries and club soda to shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into rocks glass with cocktail ice. Add club soda and stir.
For extra credit, soak the cherries in bourbon overnight first. Garnish with one of those bourbon soaked cherries, add a Luxardo cherry and enjoy!
#18- How to Adult: A Beginner’s Primer
The one where we tell you about the things that surprised …and continue to surprise us, about Adulting. (Release date - 07/28/19)
The Classic Margarita
Are you kidding me? We haven’t had Margaritas yet? Not even on Cinco de Mayo? ¿Que diablos? Eso es ridículo. And that pretty much exhausts my Spanish. However Margarita I speak fluently. We did a classic Margarita from scratch. None of those ‘mix’ things here. Though the agave tequila we used was different, we both ended up with lovely drinks. Yum!
2 oz Tequila
1 oz Cointreau
1 oz lime juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
Salt for the rim
Lime for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake vigorously. Rub cut lime around the rim of the glass you intend to use. Dip rim in salt. Strain drink into glass. Garnish with lime wheel or wedge on edge of rim and serve!
#19- John Hughes, James Bond & that douchebag Ross from Friends
The one where you find out what we have noticed about some of our favorite things that are actually pretty troubling in retrospect. (Release date - 08/04/19)
Gina and I decided we’d try different Martinis for this episode so this was my version. This tasty treat was apparently invented by Ian Flemming. Who knew he was so multi-talented? Bond drank this in Casino Royale. The instructions in the book are as follows, “Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?”
3 oz Gin (I went for the Botanist)
1 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Lillet Blanc
Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir (or, if preparing the Bond way, shake). Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist a slice of lemon peel over the drink, rub along the rim of the glass, and drop it in.
The Dirty Martini
Is Gina a dirty girl? Or is that a sexist thing to say? Don’t judge me. You don't get to judge me. Gina decided to go for the standard Martini, but she does like her briny olives and decided to make it a Dirty Martini. According to my sources, especially with this one you should always stir, not shake because shaking dilutes the ingredients. They also recommend adding the olive juice to the glass first, then to the shaker for a better swirl of flavor.
3 oz gin
1/2 oz dry vermouth (Gina swears by Antikca Formula)
1/2 oz olive juice
Swirl olive juice around glass, then add to cocktail shaker with other ingredients. Stir. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with as many olives as you’d like on a toothpick.
#20- Girls Night; The apocalypse continues
The one where we bring back some old friends and talk about movies. (Release date - 08/11/19)
40 is the new 20
So, really, I try to stay organized but this particular week I wasn’t successful. Usually, each week we semi-plan ahead and we choose which cocktail we’ll make so if we have to supplement our booze stash we can do it. I make a note of our episode number, the topic, and the drink. This round, we knew we would need pomegranate liquor so we got it. That’s how I know this is pomegranate. Other than that, I couldn’t remember what it was right as I was writing this. I failed to make a note, I didn’t write the topic down, and I vaguely remember that we talked about movies. This was a good drink. Yeesh.
NOTE: Gina saved me because she sent me the script from that night. We both knew that it was pomegranate though!
3 oz Vodka
3 oz Pomegranate Liquor
3 oz Cranberry juice
juice from 1 lemon
Add pomegranate liquor, vodka, cranberry and lemon juices to cocktail shaker (or pitcher if you are scaling up). Mix well by shaking or stirring. Rub lemon wedge around the edge of the glass. Pour mixture into glass and garnish with lemon zest.