And at the end of each tour we ask our guests, which of the several cocktails they tried, was their favorite?
Check back here often for recipes and pro tips from the mixologists who created them.
Be cocktail curious. Cheers!
The Oriental Cocktail
The Bar at Hyde Park
Originally published in the Savoy Cocktail Book, this classic cocktail is said to have been created by a man who nearly died of a fever and gave this recipe to the doctor who saved his life as a token of his appreciation.
1.5 oz Rittenhouse Rye
.75 oz sweet vermouth
.75 oz Cointreau Orange Liqueur
.5 oz fresh lime juice
Shake and serve up in a cocktail glass and garnish with a Luxardo cherry or twist of orange peel.
PRO TIP: for your garnish, wrap an orange peel around the cherry and skewer both together.
Blood and sand
Named after a Rudolph Valentino movie about bullfighting, this classic Scotch cocktail is delicious when it's perfectly balanced but can easily fail, so precise measurements are a must.
.75 oz Dewer's Blended Scotch
.75 oz Carpano Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth
.75 oz Cherry Heering
.75 oz orange juice
Shake and serve up in a coupe or cocktail glass and garnish with a twist of orange peel.
PRO TIP(s): Using the brands listed makes a difference. and buy a bottle of Cherry Herring now while you can still find it in Ohio.
Blind Lady Tavern
This incredible cocktail was so perfectly balanced that it won the hearts, and tastes, of our guests — who didn't think they liked gin, until they tried Seth's Plea Deal.
1.5 oz London Dry Gin
1 oz lime
.75 oz Manzanilla Sherry
.5 oz dill syrup
2 oz Saison
Build the cocktail in a rocks glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh dill.
PRO TIP: Add ice to glass at the end so as to not dilute the drink too much.
Denmark on High
Simple. Classic. Refreshing. Delicious. And perfect for a hot summer afternoon.
2 oz white rum
.75 oz fresh lime juice
.25 oz Maraschino liquor
.25 oz fresh grapefruit juice
Shake and serve up in a chilled cocktail glass or coupe. Garnish with a slice of lime.
PRO TIP: Ty served up this classic cocktail by double straining it: using a Hawthorn strainer and pouring the cocktail through a mesh strainer to remove all of the ice.
Soul at the Joseph
This classic cocktail has been enjoyed since the 1920s and for good reason — it's delicious!
2 oz VS Cognac
.75 oz Gran Marnier (may substitute Cointreau or Triple Sec)
.75 oz Lemon juice
Shake and serve up in a chilled cocktail glass or coupe. Garnish with an orange peel.
PRO TIP: The classic Sidecar recipe is a simple 2:1:1 proportioned cocktail. Ian upped the booziness with more Cognac. Save money and use VS Cognac for this citrusy cocktail.
A Brief and Wondrous History
Denmark on High
This delicious and complex cocktail was created by Francisco for Denmark's Summer cocktail menu.
1 oz tamarind infused Appleton
1 oz Pineapple-mango Brugal
.25 oz Turbino
3 drops Jerk bitters
Shake with ice, infuse smoke and serve neat in a chilled rocks glass.
Garnish with dried mango and pineapple.
PRO TIP: unless you own a smoke gun, go to Denmark while this amazing cocktail is still on the menu.
This refreshing cocktail was created by Dom as a tribute to Earth Day 2017.
1.5 oz Ilegal Jovan Mezcal
.5 oz Green Chartreuse
.5 oz simple syrup
4 slices cucumber
Small bunch of arugula
Muddle 3 slices of cucumber and arugula in a rocks glass and fill with crushed ice, In a shaker, combine all ingredients, add ice and shake until cold. Strain and garnish with the remaining cucumber slice and fresh-ground black pepper.