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.
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Originally made with Cognac, before Phylloxera vastatrix destroyed grape vines across France, now widely made with rye whiskey, the Sazerac is the quintessential New Orleans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.
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.
Bloody Mary Cocktail
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.
Rye Old Fashioned Cocktail
27 Nov 10 26
The Old Fashioned Cocktail was most likely originally made with rye whiskey. Test your favorite bartenders knowledge and technique with this simple but often badly made cocktail.
16 Feb 09 26
An old and unfortunately forgotten cocktail, and one of the first which I learned which required the mysterious ingredient "orange bitters". It is a great drink to use to introduce people to "gin" cocktails. If you use "orange curacao" instead of Grand Marnier turns this into a "curled" version.
Ramos Gin Fizz Cocktail
15 Apr 08 25
The use of egg white and cream in this version of the fizz creates a unique experience. Velvet with a citrus background and a bubbly pop, the Ramos Gin Fizz.
Añejo Highball Cocktail
16 Jun 08 24
The Anejo Highball was created by famed mixologist Dale DeGroff to pay homage to the celebrated bartenders of Cuba from back in the twenties and thirties. Dale says that this drink illustrates how necessary it is for the bartender to understand the role that each and every ingredient plays in the cocktails that they make.
31 Dec 07 24
Robert mixes up a delicious and elegant Champagne Flamingo cocktail.
French 75 Cocktail
31 Dec 07 24
The French 75 is a delightful champagne cocktail, which first appeared in "The Savoy Cocktail Book" by Harry Craddock in 1930. The drink get's it's name from the 75 millimeter field gun used in the first world war.
29 Sep 10 23
Perfect for National Coffee Day! No surprise, the Irish Coffee was invented in Ireland, but perhaps owes its popularity to the Buena Vista in San Francisco. In fact I was recently in Ireland, and at a cocktail lounge there they listed the "Buena Vista Irish Coffee" on their menu.
6 Apr 09 23
Cachaça is a Brazilian spirit made from sugar cane, and therefore is similar in nature to a rum, or more correctly a rhum agricole. While not as popular a cocktail ingredient as rum it still holds a lot of potential. I created the "Festa" to try to represent a relaxing and refreshing Spring cocktail, but with enough flavor components to make it interesting as well.
4 Sep 08 23
There are times when we may have conceptual problems with different ingredients. I ran into this with Jagermeister. I just couldn't take it seriously, at least not until a friend challenged me to try to make a classically styled cocktail with it. The result was the Mahogany which, quite frankly, I think works pretty well at properly showcasing Jagermeister in a cocktail that doesn't appear to be created by or for frat boys.
Cocktail Foam - Jamie Boudreau - The Vessel 75
11 Jul 07 23
An original creation by Jamie Boudreau, host of Raising the Bar on Small Screen Network, the Vessel 75 utilizes a maple syrup foam to add sweetness and mouth feel. It is a beautiful cocktail with a nod to the classic Old Fashioned.
How to Drink Absinthe
14 Dec 07 22
The allure of the "green fairy" is probably due in part to the illicit aura which surrounds this spirit, both in the wide-spread myths of its hallucinogenic properties, and that it is banned in many countries around the world. As the truth get's around that it isn't a hallucinogen, and as the bans gradually get lifted, we'll once again be able to enjoy absinthe for just it's taste, and the ritual associated with its service.
Rosewater Rickey Cocktail - Jamie Boudreau
27 Jun 07 22
In this special episode, the first in a series of three, Robert sits down with Jamie Boudreau host of Raising the Bar on Small Screen Network. Jamie discusses and demonstrates the principles of Molecular Mixology with his creation The Rosewater Rickey. Be careful! You might feel some heat!
Black Hawk Cocktail
23 Aug 11 21
Robert discovered the Black Hawk cocktail in Jones Complete Bar Guide as well as Cocktail DB. The bourbon adds a great backbone for the acid of the lemon and the sweet and complex notes of the sloe gin to mingle. This is surely a classic.
How to Bartend at Home
1 Apr 08 20
Feeling like a professional bartender at home can be as easy as having the right tools. Here are some special suggestions that can up your game the next time you entertain.
4 Mar 08 20
In its many incarnations The Zombie has become an icon of the tropical drink era spawned by Trader Vic and Don the Beach Comber. As Jeff "Beach Bum" Berry and other cocktail historians re-discover these classic recipes and the "tiki" culture takes off again in this new century The Zombie and it's brethren are poised to make a comeback.
31 Dec 07 20
In this episode, Robert Hess of drinkboy.com demonstrates how to create a champagne cocktail with a sugar cube and Angostura bitters. This cocktail dates back over 200 years.
Bourbon Crusta Cocktail
31 Aug 09 19
The "Crusta" is a style of drink which harkens from the early 1800's. While it never gained the same level of notoriety as the "Cocktail", today's cocktail revival is allowing it to once again make it's way onto drink lists again.
21 Aug 08 19
As we all know, bitters are a crucial ingredient for many cocktails. A few old recipes referred to peach bitters, but no product survived to modern days. Fee Brothers then produced their version, and I took it on myself to see if I could come up with a few cocktails that might be able to make good use of it. The Renaissance is one of them that I came up with. I think that it is a delightfully approachable drink that is just slightly on the sweet side.
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