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 & manual – 8th edition (2019) [recipes & 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

Missouri Pacific with St. Louis sorghum whiskey

I created this sorghum whiskey cocktail with one of my favorite spirits – S.S. Sorghum made by Still 630. To honor this incredible Missouri whiskey made on the banks of the Mississippi River, I named the drink after the Missouri Pacific Railroad (aka MoPac), one of the first railroads in the US west of the Mississippi River.

To view the recipe of this concoction of sorghum whiskey, cognac, maraschino liqueur, Aperol, locally-made hopped lemon bitters and sugar syrup, visit:

No Room For Squares

I created this drink a few years back using one of my favorite spirits – Still 630’s sorghum whiskey – and naming it after one of my favorite jazz records- Hank Mobley’s “No Room For Squares”. For the recipe of this drink featuring sorghum whiskey, Cointreau, Amaro Nonino, locally-made hopped lemon bitters and Angostura bitters, visit:

Margaritas or Mint Juleps?

Don’t forget to buy mint for the #kentuckyderby tomorrow!

#mintjulep 🐎

Gently #muddle fresh mint leaves and simple syrup together at the bottom of your glass. Fill the cup up with crushed ice. Pour about 2 oz of #bourbonwhiskey over the ice. Stir gently. Top off with additional #simplesyrup to taste. Garnish with a couple of mint leaves.

¿Mint Juleps or Margaritas?

Don’t forget to buy limes for #cincodemayo tomorrow!

#margarita 🇲🇽

1 1/2oz #blancotequila

1oz #triplesec

1/2oz #lime

Splash of #simplesyrup



The Spectator, a SMcG original

One of my favorite creations… #TheSpectator with 1 1/2oz #blancotequila 3/4oz @luxardousa #maraschinoliqueur 3/4oz #lime 1/4oz #jalapeñosyrup #shake with ice, then strain and enjoy


Scientist McGee’s Drink Menu & Manual – 7th Edition, 2018

I’m pleased as punch to share the latest and greatest version of my home bar drinks menu with all the recipes – over 250!  The first edition of this endeavor was in 2012, and it featured about 75 drinks.  Since then, it’s more than tripled and you can notice the evolution of camera phones through all the photos I’ve taken – beginning with simply a Blackberry and moving along to an iPhone, then an iPhone AND Instagram – haha!

I apologize for it taking me two years to put the finishing touches on this 7th edition, but I’ve been busy drinking.

I hope you enjoy these drinks as much as I do.  Cheers!

Scientist McGee’s Drink Menu & Manual – 7th Edition, 2018 [COVER & SETTING THE BAR]

Scientist McGee’s Drink Menu & Manual – 7th Edition, 2018 [RECIPES & INDEX]