Bufflo Imbibes

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I am by no means a cocktail expert, but I am definitely a hobbyist bartender. My husband and I have a nightly ritual to get our kids to bed, get the kitchen and den cleaned up, put on our comfy pants, and enjoy a nice drink together. When you don’t get to go out much, little things like that can feel like a date. I finally decided to make this page in order to have all of my favorite cocktails in one place.

Bourbon/Rye

Old Fashioned Cocktail

One of my top two favorite drinks. Muddle an orange slice, a lemon slice, a cherry, a spoon full of sugar (or simple syrup) and 4 dashes Angostura bitters. Add bourbon, top with a splash of soda.

Manhattan Cocktail

My other top two favorite is the Manhattan. Bourbon or Rye (I tend to go with Rye lately), sweet vermouth, and bitters. So good.

Ward 8 Cocktail

This is one of my favorites, a slightly fruitier whiskey sour. Orange juice, lemon juice, grenadine, and bourbon or rye. Here’s a recipe.

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I love a classic whiskey sour with bourbon or rye. This version I make by substituting maple syrup for simple syrup and meyer lemon for regular lemon juice.

Hot Toddy

A must when it’s super cold or I’m catching a cold. A shot of whiskey, a tablespoon of honey, the juice of an entire lemon, a couple cloves, maybe some fresh ginger, all topped with boiling water.

 

Sweet Southern Summer cocktail

Bourbon+Honeysuckle Syrup+Lemon+Soda

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This one from Smitten Kitchen involves making a fancy syrup, but it was delicious, and the syrup later served as dressing for my version of her winter fruit salad, too.

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This was an attempt to recreate a $14 drink my husband had at a bar in LA. It was similar to a Manhattan, but instead of just 2 parts whiskey and 1 part sweet vermouth, it had 2 oz whiskey, 1/2 oz sweet vermouth, and 1/2 oz orange liqueur.

Bourbon Fizz Cocktail

Bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, club soda, and an orange slice.

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Fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice, bourbon, and simple syrup. I think it would be fantastic with rosemary or thyme syrup.

Ginger Slap Cocktail

Thanks to my beloved Blenheim super spicy ginger ale, this is more than just a ginger snap, it’s a ginger SLAP. Bourbon, apple cider, bitters, and Blenheim red cap if you’re brave, gold cap if you’re less interested in your nose burning.

 

Gin

winter gin and tonic

I created this at my 30th birthday party and convinced a friend that she didn’t hate gin after all. Gin, 2 dashes Black Walnut Bitters, and tonic, garnished with an orange slice and stirred with a cinnamon stick.

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Another favorite with my friends who think they hate gin, this is honey lemony goodness. I got my recipe from Not Without Salt.

 

Vodka

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I’m a huge fan of Deep Eddy’s grapefruit vodka. It’s a lazy way to feel like you’re having a fancy drink. Just mix with tonic or soda and add a twist of lime.

White Russian Cocktail

The first drink I ever had and a favorite of The Dude, this one is like adult chocolate milk. Recipe here.

simple bloody mary

Bloodys can get complicated fast. I make a simple version most of the time, based on the recipe from Tito’s Vodka that I couldn’t find on their website but thankfully saved on Pinterest: 2 oz vodka, 4 oz tomato juice, 4 dashes of worcestershire sauce, 3 dashes of tabasco sauce, pinch of kosher salt, pinch of coarse ground pepper, juice of a fresh lemon or lime.

Moscow Mule cocktail

Traditionally served in a copper mule mug, but great even out of a mason jar, this is a super simple cocktail. It’s traditionally made with ginger beer, but I often use ginger ale if I don’t have the ginger beer handy. It’s basically vodka+lime juice+simple syrup+ginger beer, though if you use ginger ale, you can skip the syrup.

Rosemary Moscow Mule

This twist on a traditional mule uses rosemary simple syrup.

Grapefruit Mule Cocktail

Swap grapefruit for lime and you’ve got a grapefruit mule.

 

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