It’s true. Today National Cocktail Day is observed in the US. And I can absolutely not miss to blog about that and to celebrate! My friend sent me a text today with this link from flipboard about 10 Cocktails Every Man Should Know How to MakeCheck them out!

 In order to pay the due respect, I will share my favorite cocktails with you. 


1 1/2 oz Aviation Gin
1 oz fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz simple syrup
2 slices peeled kiwi (1/4 inch)
2 slices peeled cucumber (1/4 inch)

In a mixing tin, muddle kiwi and cucumber with lemon juice. Add remaining ingredients, top with ice and shake well. Fine-strain into a coupe and garnish with a thin slice of kiwi.

A variation of this drink has become one of our favorite cocktails in one of our favorite restaurants here in Campbell, the Pacific Catch. They call it Kiwi Flash and they make it with muddled kiwi and cucumber, simple syrup and Gin No. 209. It’s delicious.


French 75


2 oz Gin
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1 sugar cube

Shake gin, sugar cube, and lemon juice with ice. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass, and top with Champagne.

Such a delicious and refreshing drink, but you have to be careful. It does its trick very quick, we all agreed that it’s because you mix the hard liquor with the carbonated champagne.


Brandy Crusta

2 oz Cognac or Brandy
1 tsp Orange liqueur (Grand Marnier)
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp simple syrup
2 dashes Angustora bitters
1 1″wide strip lemon peel, to garnish

Shake cognac, liqueur, juice, syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice until chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled cordial glass; submerge lemon peel in cocktail to serve.

You might ask if Cognac and Brandy aren’t the same. Well, Cognac is a very specific kind of Brandy, read more here. The Brandy Crusta is a recent discovery and has become my favorite winter cocktail. It is also absolutely delightful and solves any adult problem.

Ok, now I’m off to celebrate accordingly with Friday Night Gin & Tonics at my friend’s house. Cheers!

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