Tonight’s quarantini happy hour is a “Blackjack” by Jacques Straub in 1914 and published in the 2011 @pdtnyc book… Made with 1 1/2oz brandy, 1/2oz kirschwasser, 1/2oz cold brew coffee, and 1/4oz Demerara syrup. Shake w/ ice, then strain into a coupe. Garnish w/ a cherry or three.


Quarantini Happy Hour

I turned to an old favorite of mine, a “501”, to celebrate the end of the remote-work week yesterday evening. After a long day, a happy hour tipple with my wife before dinner is always a special treat.

My wife doesn’t like her drinks to be as boozy as I do mine so I oftentimes modify the recipes to suit her taste. So instead of the original single recipe of 1 1/2oz blanco tequila, 3/4oz ginger liqueur, 1/2oz lemon, and 1/4oz Aperol, I made two drinks using the following amounts: 3oz blanco tequila, 2 1/4oz ginger liqueur (Big O brand), 1 1/2oz lemon, and 3/4oz Aperol. Basically I doubled the tequila for two drinks but tripled all the other less stiff ingredients.

It worked out well and was a very nice start to our quarantined weekend, cheers!

Smuggler’s Cove tiki drinks

I recently purchased Martín Cate’s book about his Smuggler’s Cove bar in San Francisco and tiki drinks, history and culture in general, and I’ve finally been officially drawn into the world of tiki. This book is perfect… Thoughtful, clear, beautiful photos, and most importantly one great drink recipe after another. I love this book and have loved every drink I’ve made out of it so far, as you can see from these 8 recent Instagram posts below. (You can even see that I’ve gotten the bug for tiki glassware, with more on their way in the mail as I type this.) I am officially intrigued by the world of rum, a world that’s never played in integral part of my cocktail life… until now.

A Halekulani Cocktail from my new book “Smuggler’s Cove”… 1 1/2oz #bourbon 1/2oz #lemon 1/2oz #orange 1/2oz #pineapple 1/2oz #grenadine 1/4oz #demerarasyrup 1d @angosturahouse #bitters * <shake w/ ice, then strain into a chilled coupe> *I didn’t have any edible orchids laying around for the prescribed garnish @smugglerscovesf #tiki #halekulani

My 2nd drink from my new @smugglerscovesf book is “Cosa Nostra #2”. The mrs. said she loved it, and I did too.

1 1/2oz @averna #amaro 1oz @still630 lightly aged #rum 3/4oz lemon 1d @angosturahouse #bitters Add everything into a glass of cracked ice, top with 2oz #gingerbeer and stir gently to mix. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Drink #3 from my @smugglerscovesf book now that I have passion fruit syrup… a “Demerara Dry Float”: 1 1/2oz aged rum, 1 1/2oz passion fruit syrup, 2oz lime juice, 1t lemon juice, 1/4oz maraschino liqueur, 1/4oz Demerara syrup *Shake with ice in a strainer but then open pour the mixed contents plus ice into a double rocks glass* Top with a float of 3/4oz black or really dark rum. •••••••••••••••••••••••

#tiki #demerara #rum @appletonestateja #myerssrum

Beachbum Berry’s “Mundo Perdido”… 1 1/2oz black rum 1/2oz #applebrandy 3/4oz #lemon 1/4oz #cinnamonsyrup 1/4oz #demerarasyrup *shake with ice, strain into a chilled coupe*



A “Suffering Bastard”: 1oz #brandy 1oz #londondrygin 1/2oz #lime 1/4oz #demerarasyrup 2d @angosturahouse bitters. <shake w/ ice and strain into a Collins glass> Add 4oz #gingerbeer, fill up with crushed ice and garnish with a #mintsprig

#tiki @smugglerscovesf @latitude29nola

“The Sexpert” of @smugglerscovesf – I have yet to make a drink out of their book that wasn’t fantastic. The hits just keep comin’! This one’s made with 1 1/2oz #pisco 1/2oz #gin 1/2oz #velvetfalernum 1/2oz #passionfruit syrup 1/2oz #lemon and 6d of @bittercube #trinitybitters <shake w/ ice, then strain> (Garnish w/ an edible flower, which I don’t have any)

Delicious!!! #tiki #sanfrancisco

“The Mastodon” w/ 1 1/2oz @still630 aged #rum 1 1/2oz @schnuckmarkets #bourbon 1/2oz #maraschinoliqueur 1/2oz @licor43usa 3oz #pineapple 1oz #passionfruit 1/2oz #lime 2d #peychaud’s #bitters <Add everything into a mixer, fill w/ 12oz crushed ice + 4 ice cubes, flash blend & open pour into glass>

This @smugglerscovesf book is on 🔥

#themastodon #tiki

“Merciless Virgin”… 1 1/2oz lightly aged #rum 1/2oz @cherryheering 1/2oz #velvetfalernum 1/2oz seltzer 1/4oz #drycuraçao 3/4oz lemon <Add 12oz crushed ice + 4 ice cubes, shake and open pour into glass> Garnish with cherries

@smugglerscovesf @pierreferrandpf @still630 #tiki

La Floridita: Birthplace of the Daiquiri

My prized possession of 2019… a coworker of mine just returned from Cuba and brought me these coasters from the Floridita bar… the birthplace of the daiquiri and Ernest Hemingway’s personal watering hole.

#floridita #hemingway #daiquiri

Stanley Kubrick cocktail #2

Rough sketch in the Kubrick series #2… A Fidelio (which is a far, far reaching twist on a Sex on the Beach) made with 1 1/2oz @hendricksgin , 3/4oz lemon juice, 1/2oz @montellewinery peach eau de vie, 3 dashes simple syrup and 3 dashes of @bittercube Trinity bitters *shake with ice, then double-strain into a coupe* Add a lemon twist

#kubrick #fidelio #sour #eyeswideshut

Cocktails inspired by Stanley Kubrick – REDRUM

The first of six forthcoming Stanley Kubrick-inspired cocktails I’m creating… This one’s called “REDRUM” and features 1oz @angosturahouse 7-year aged #rum 1oz #cherryheering 1/2oz #limejuice 1/2oz #brandy 1/4oz @montellewinery #peachbrandy and 1/4oz #demerarasyrup *stir with ice, then strain into a cup filled with crushed ice* Add a cherry for garnish and a float of #grenadine on top.

#stanleykubrick #theshiningmovie #smcgoriginalcocktail

New Orleans and the Brandy Milk Punch

Back in St. Louis today after a week in New Orleans… there’s no reason I can’t keep the “one brandy milk punch every morning routine” going though, right?

Brandy Milk Punch: 2oz brandy 4oz whole milk 1oz simple syrup 1d vanilla extract *shake with ice and strain into an ice-filled highball glass* Garnish with nutmeg

#brandymilkpunch #noladrinks

Entertaining bourbon drinkers…

I’m looking forward to having friends over tonight, and I like to narrow the menu down to a few recommendations so if you’re like me and a hundred page menu like Cheesecake Factory’s overwhelms you, your drinking choices are made simpler.

Tonight our cocktail recommendations are narrowed down to these six tasty libations well-suited for most tastes, but each with something a little special for a special evening.

1) A classic Brown Derby for bourbon or rye lovers

2) A classic Whiskey Sour for a classic bourbon standard

3) A house specialty called a South Grand featuring a flair of ginger liqueur for the clear spirits drinkers

4) A 43 Flip for those who want a creamy eggy specialty and to try something a little less common with the Spanish Licor 43

5) A West Indies Sour for me when I tire of bourbon and gin, and want a change to brandy

6) A Preakness for Manhattan lovers but with an added special factor of Benedictine

#preakness #southgrand #whiskeysour #brownderby #westindies #43flip

2019 Drink Menu & Manual!

The Scientist McGee Drink Menu & Manual has been updated for 2019! Now in its 8th Edition, all of my drinks can be found in this nice and easy to print format.   This newest version features all new drinks as well as some typo corrections.  A brand new feature of this 8th edition is the newly added “type of drink” in the main Table of Contents, to make it easier to search for “sours” vs “cocktails” vs “flips” vs “fizzes” etc.  I hope you enjoy this collection as much I have, cheers!

PART I OF II: scientist mcgee’s drinks menu manual – 8th edition 2019 cover, setting the bar

PART II OF II: scientist mcgee’s drink menu &amp; manual – 8th edition (2019) [recipes &amp; index]



Up The Mississippi (from NOLA to STL)

There’s a real nice sense of connection between the great towns of New Orleans and Saint Louis, it seems to me. And I created this drink to pay tribute to that spirit – an “Up The Mississippi”.

2oz @sazeracrye

3/4oz @benedictineliqueur

1/2oz @montellewinery peach #eaudevie

4d @bittercube #Trinity #bitters

*Stir with ice, then strain into a chilled coupe*

Garnish with a lemon twist.

#nola #neworleans #stlouis #peachbrandy #smcgoriginalcocktail #smcg