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.
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.
East India House Cocktail
20 Apr 09 22
It was in in "The Gentleman's Companion, by Charles H. Baker Jr. that I first encountered the "East India House Cocktail", and immediately fell in love with it. It has a wonderful flavor and is what I refer to as an "approachable" cocktail which would be suitable to both beginners as well as experienced drinkers. Mr. Baker describes the drink as: "Being one for any man's book, & garnered in The Royal Bombay Yacht Club, India (1932)."
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.
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.
23 Jun 08 19
The vessel from which we drink our cocktails should not be overlooked. Whether traditional, iconic or modern the glassware used in serving a guest says a lot about what is inside.
17 Sep 07 19
First arriving in the mid 80's, the Cosmopolitan was "the" cocktail of the 90's. While it is still popular today, some may avoid it less they be seen as simply "following the pack". Since the Cosmo follows the classic-style formula of such great drinks as the Sidecar, Margarita, Daiquiri, and Aviation, there is nothing at all wrong with this drink, just be careful to make it with good quality ingredients.
Jack Rose Cocktail
26 Jun 12 18
There are various origin stories of the Jack Rose Cocktail. Some attribute it to a colorful and slightly nefarious individual named Jack Rose, others to Joseph Rose a Newark bartender who once held the title of “World Champion Mixologist”. Another story has the cocktail named after the Jacquemot Rose varietal because of its color. Regardless of its origins, it is probably the most popular cocktail which uses Applejack.
Vieux Carre Cocktail
7 Jul 08 18
It was Chuck Taggart over at gumbopages.com who first introduced me to this delicious drink. It was first created in 1938 by Walter Bergeron, the head bartender at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. This was before the installation of the "Carousel Lounge", and while this drink was long missing from their repertoire, it can once again be ordered, and enjoyed, in this famous French Quarter bar.
5 Feb 08 18
One of the standards down in New Orleans, the Hurricane was one of the first entries into the rum cocktail boom which heralded the Tiki craze of the 40's and 50's.
31 Dec 07 18
When I travel through France, I always try to have at least one Kir Royale. It is a fairly common drink, named after Canon Felix Kir, a former mayor of Dijon, who popularized the use of the local white burgundy wine with a splash of cassis, which became known simply as "Kir". With champagne, it is known as a Kir Royale.
10 Dec 07 18
For whatever reason, there doesn't seem to be a lot of cocktails made with tequila. Sure, there's the Margarita, which is still the best selling cocktail around, but aside from "Tequila Poppers" the landscape is relatively slim. The Frostbite might be one cocktail you've never heard of before, but frankly I feel it is worth checking out.
4 Sep 07 17
The Mojito seems to be "the" drink these days, but this drink dates from before the 1930's, where it was a popular drink in cuba to refresh and relax with. In the late 1940's the drink burst onto the international scene when it was "discovered" by Enest Hemmingway at "La Bodeguita del Medio". Properly made, a mojito should always be made with fresh mint and fresh lime juice, but due to its ubiquitous popularity, you will often find bars using various unfortunate shortcuts to make them quicker, but sacrifice the quality in doing so.
4 Oct 11 16
The Casino Cocktail is a very gin forward cocktail. It can be made with Old Tom gin and showcases that spirit well.
Old Pal Cocktail
2 Aug 11 16
The Old Pal Cocktail first appears in "ABC of Mixing Cocktails" by Harry MacElhone of the famed Harry's New York Bar in Paris. Originally calling for Canadian whisky, an American rye provides a robust flavor profile that adds a great foundation for the dry vermouth and Campari. Next time you are at your favorite bar, cozy up to the Old Pal Cocktail.
Rob Roy Cocktail
27 Jul 09 16
The Rob Roy gets it's name from an opera by the same name which opened in New York in 1894. In those days it was common to bring about new cocktails and name them after popular shows. For the Rob Roy, they simply took an existing popular cocktail, the Manhattan, and substituted the rye for scotch. Most likely, it would have been made with Dewar's blended scotch, which had just recently begun being imported into the states.
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