The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess
The Cocktail Spirit with Robert Hess is dedicated to the creation of quality classic cocktails. Watch as he mixes up cocktail recipes from the past using the best ingredients.
Old Fashioned Cocktail
28 Aug 09 103
The Old Fashioned represents what is perhaps the oldest form of cocktail known. Unfortunately it has fallen out of favor these days, and I rarely see people ordering it. I suppose this could be partially due to the fact that most bartenders don't know how to properly make it anymore. The atrocities I often see inflicted on this drink include leaving out the bitters, and topping it off with water or soda. Please, stop the madness and let's start making this drink properly again!
25 Aug 09 63
Few drinks have been able to make the tortuous journey through American Prohibition and into the modern era unscathed by alterations, shortcuts, gimmicks, and obscurity. The Manhattan, retains a modicum of popularity, and is even made pretty much the same way it was back in the late 1800's when it first came onto the scene. Most notably, it is one of the few cocktails which you can still expect to be made with bitters.
Whiskey Sour Cocktail
26 Aug 09 56
Continuing with our coverage of Whiskey, in this episode we show you how to make a "Whiskey Sour". While these days the Sour is lumped into the Cocktail category, technically it is a drink style all its own, and includes such drinks as the Daiquiri, Margarita, Lemon Drop, and even Cosmopolitan.
Mai Tai Cocktail
27 Aug 09 55
The Mai Tai is one of the most well known cocktails from the "Tiki" era... Or is it? Chances are good that if you've ever had a Mai Tai, you haven't had it the way Victor "Trader Vic" Bergeron intended it.
22 Feb 10 48
There are countless stories that claim to herald the origin of the Margarita, and to the best of my knowledge none of them have been definitively identified as the real one. Go ahead and debate this topic amongst yourselves if you wish, but in this episode we will instead focus on how to make a proper Margarita using silver tequila, Cointreau, and fresh squeezed lime juice.
Wet Martini Cocktail
16 Jul 07 48
It is time perhaps that we tackle that quintessential cocktail, the Martini. This drink originated in the late 1800's, and quickly became one of the standards, alongside the Manhattan. The pre-prohibition Martini however was different from what you might expect today in many ways, and frankly it was a lot better for it.
25 Jun 07 45
Gin can often be a daunting product to many people, but that's only because they haven't really had a chance to have a gin based cocktail which properly uses this product. You shouldn't have to swallow a mouthful of juniper with every gin cocktail you order. The Jasmine should provide you an opportunity to realize the value of gin.
28 Jul 08 42
This long forgotten classic has recently been seeing a hearty return, due partially to one of its core ingredients, Maraschino liqueur also being more available. The Aviation is often the first obscure drink that makes its way onto the cocktail menu of a bar that is trying to acquaint it's customers with pre-prohibition cocktails.
Jamie Boudreau - Molecular Mixology - Aviation
1 Aug 07 40
Jamie Boudreau, host of Raising the Bar on Small Screen Network, puts a molecular mixology twist on the classic Aviation Cocktail.
Mint Julep Cocktail
28 Apr 10 39
As the Kentucky Derby approaches there is one cocktail that is essential to have in your repertoire, The Mint Julep. Whether at the track or on the veranda watching the sun set, this refreshing, simple and elegant cocktail should be sipped and savored.
Pisco Sour Cocktail
24 Aug 09 38
A favorite from Peru is becoming an international favorite as well. This luscious drink is easy to make and provides a great introduction to Pisco, a type of brandy made in South America.
Old Cuban Cocktail
8 Jun 09 37
This wonderful drink was created by my good friend Audrey Saunders, proprietor of the Pegu Club in New York City. You will notice that it is closely related to the Mojito, but with far more elegance and sophistication. Audrey garnishes her original version with a sugar-coated vanilla bean. See, I told you it was sophisticated!
Last Word Cocktail
20 Aug 09 34
In this episode, join Robert Hess as he shares with you his secret on how to build up a properly stocked liquor cabinet. He then helps you get started in your journey by showing you how to make the "Last Word" cocktail.
Pegu Club Cocktail
26 Nov 07 34
This is a fairly old cocktail which is just now being rediscovered. Dating back to the 1920's this was the house cocktail at the "Pegu Club" in Rangoon. I often use this drink to help people who claim they don't like gin realize that there really isn't anything to be afraid of.
Piña Colada Cocktail
17 Mar 08 33
It was on August 15, 1954, that Ramon "Monchito" Marrero Perez first introduced the Pina Colada to the customers of the Beachcomber Bar at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It is said that he spent three months working on it until he finally felt he had captured "the sunny, tropical flavor of Puerto Rico in a glass."
Moscow Mule Cocktail
21 Jan 08 32
Dating from the 1940's, the Moscow Mule was probably one of the first drinks to be created in America which specifically used vodka as an ingredient.
Manhattan Cocktail - Stirred vs. Shaken
14 Dec 10 31
Throughout the Cocktail Spirit web video series, Robert has explained why certain cocktails should be stirred while others benefit from a good shake. In this episode, he demonstrates why with the classic Manhattan cocktail.
18 Aug 09 31
The sidecar is a classic cocktail which most bartenders know, but seems to be rarely ordered. Part of this is because it is poorly made, and more often than not made with sour mix instead of fresh ingredients. Properly made this drink should be made with cognac (or brandy), Cointreau, and fresh lemon juice. There are however a variety of ways these ingredients can be combined, the secret is how to do so in a way that presents a perfect balance.
2 Jun 08 31
Originally made with Cognac, before Phylloxera vastatrix destroyed grape vines across France, now widely made with rye whiskey, the Sazerac is the quintessential New Orleans cocktail. since in preparation and complex in flavor profile, it is not to be missed.
10 Jun 11 30
Cachaça is the national spirit of Brazil. From that spirit comes the national cocktail of Brazil, the Caipirinha. Our intrepid host will show you how to make the Caipirinha.
Black Feather Cocktail
11 Feb 08 30
This is a unique little cocktail that I created a few years ago. It is an excellent way to illustrate the the valuable role that dry vermouth can play in a properly balanced drink. I've found that it is easily enjoyed by both experienced cocktail drinkers as well as those who haven't quite built up their palate for spirits.
Gin and Tonic Cocktail
24 Mar 08 29
The Gin & Tonic is of course an extremely simple drink to make, but is that any reason to avoid it? Heck I don’t think so, especially when you are using one of the new premium brands of tonic water coming onto the market, like “Q Tonic”.
19 Jul 11 28
The daiquiri is a historic and iconic cocktail and John F. Kennedy's favorite cocktail. It's simplicity disguises what can be a complex and delicious cocktail when made correctly.
5 Jun 07 27
The Bloody Mary represents a drink where everybody is welcome to test out their creativity just a little to see what sorts of unique twists they can add to this long-time classic. Start with the basic recipe and then see where that leads you.
Liqeuer, Aperitif & Digestif
- Almond Liqueur
- Apricot Liqueur
- Blackcurrant Liqueur
- Chocolate Liqueur
- Cherry Liqueur
- Ginger Liqueur
- Herbal Liqueur
- Mint Liqueur
- Pomegranate Liqueur
- Orange Liqueur
- Violet Liqueur