Back from the old days. When the Cardinals used to make it to the World Series a lot.

A “109th”… 1 1/2 #cognac 3/4 @cynararg 1/4 #Benedictine 2d @feebrothersperu whiskey barrel aged bitters & an orange twist 



Hermann Hesse & the Duality of Making a Drink Wrong

A “Steppenwolf” – 1oz #cognac 1/2oz #darkrum 1/2oz #pearliqueur 1/2oz #amarononino 1/4oz #demerarasyrup 2d @angosturahouse bitters -Stirred/Strained- (A #SMcG twist on a #Legend cocktail, when I discovered I had no sherry in the middle of building the drink 😉)

Some drinks are duds. 

I’m not surprised this drink was a “forgotten cocktail”. It’s kind of a dud. A Palm Beach Special, with 2 1/2oz #gin 3/4oz #grapefruit 1/2oz #italianvermouth – shaken and strained (from the book “Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails”)

The Martica, from Death & Co.

One of my favorites, the #Martica from @deathandconyc – 1 #brandy 1 #rum 3/4 #italianvermouth 1/4 #maraschino and 1d @angosturahouse bitters. Stir/strain. 

Kansas City Original

A #Pendergrast, a #KansasCity original, with 1 1/2oz #bourbon 3/4oz #italianvermouth 1/2oz #Benedictine 2d @angosturahouse bitters and a lemon twist. Served up.

Happy New Year; Happy Newly Updated “Drink Menu & Manual”!!!

Happy new year, folks!  As the tradition has become, I’m pleased to share with you the newly updated “Scientist McGee Cocktail Menu”!  Each year I update my home bar’s menu of drinks I offer to guests of my home, with newly discovered drinks from the past year.  

This 2016 update is the 6th edition of this “drinks menu” or cocktail book.  This edition has several more updates than past years’ editions.  These updates include:

-Revised title – Now called “Scientist McGee’s Drink Menu & Manual”

-18 new recipes, including 5 original SMcG creations

-New photos sprinkled throughout the old recipes

-New sheet provided (prior to the recipes) to aide in keeping one’s bar stocked and/or informing guests of which drinks cannot be prepared at the moment

-New drinks added to “My Personal Favorites” section

-A recipe for home-made grenadine

-Page 11 – improved recipe

So happy new year! Cheers! I hope you enjoy these drinks!

Cover & Table of Contents: Scientist McGee’s Drinks Menu & Manual – 6th Edition, 2016    

The drinks & recipes, with ingredient index: Scientist McGee’s Drink Menu & Manual – 6th Edition (2016)


The Kansas City Royals Take the Crown! 

I just put this drink together to celebrate the @kcroyals World Championship and say thanks to KC Jazz great Coleman Hawkins whose 8th inning LP spin may have brought on KC’s 9th inning comeback – A “Coleman Hawkins”: 1 1/2oz single malt scotch 1/2oz @fernetbranca 1/4oz @luxardousa Sangue Morlacco 1/4oz Benedictine and a dash of Fee Bros. Whiskey barrel-aged bitters ⚾️