Memorial Day Cocktails

Molecular mixologist and liquid chef Rob Floyd soldiered through 4,000 live stage performances last year of his enormously popular “Cocktail Theatre,” while also filming “Bar Rescue” for Paramount Television and shows for the Sprits Network, but Floyd’s real goal is to make the home bartender a rock star. “I wanted to make these cocktails summertime drinks, but ones that folks at home can make as well. Since bars maybe closed for a bit, I wanted to empower the home bartender.” Floyd has created two simple, summer drinks for the Courier and our local audience. 


2 oz. Favorite Gin 2-3 pieces of basil 

2 slices of cucumber .75 oz. Lime juice

.5 oz. Agave syrup .25 oz. Orange liquor Garnish: Basil leaf 

In a mixing tin, muddle the cucumbers. Hold two basil leaves and your hand and clap them together (spanking the basil :). Add Gin, lime juice, agave syrup and orange liquor. Fill the shaker with ice and shake hard for 10 seconds. Strain cocktail into a chilled Martini glass and serve 


2 oz. Bourbon

.75 oz. Lemon juice

.5 oz. Orgeat syrup

.5 oz. squeeze fresh orange juice

.5 oz. pineapple juice

3 oz. Ginger beer

2 dashes of bitters

Garnish: pineapple and cherry

In a mixing tin, muddle 2 chunks of fresh pineapple. If you don’t have fresh pineapple, use .5 oz. of pineapple juice. Add Bourbon, lemon juice, Orgeat syrup, Orange juice (if not fresh, just use from concetrate) and add bitters. Add ice and shake for 10 seconds, then strain into a tall glass over fresh ice. 


Drink expert Eric “ET” Tecosky, former bar manager at Jones Hollywood, has an interesting hack for making the perfect Bloody Mary. While you might think that olive juice is only for making a ‘dirty martini,’ it actually works well for everyone’s favorite brunch cocktail as well. 

“At Jones, we’ve been using [L.A. based] Dirty Sue Premium Olive Juice for years and it’s become kind of a ‘secret weapon’ for bartenders across the country for Bloody Marys. It provides an umami that enhances all the flavors of all the other ingredients. For people who like a squeeze of citrus in their Bloody, it cuts the astringency of the citrus without taking away any of the flavor.” 


Home Recipe created by Eric “ET” Tecosky 

1 1/2 oz quality Vodka

1/2 oz Dirty Sue Premium Olive Juice

4 oz High Quality Tomato Juice

3-4 dashes Worcestershire sauce

1/2 oz Hot Prepared Horse Radish

1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

1/8 teaspoon Celery salt

1/8 teaspoon Season Salt

3 dashes Frank’s Red Hot Sauce or your favorite.

Preparation instructions:

1. Add all ingredients to a Collins glass*

2. Fill with ice

3. Pour into an empty pint glass

4. Pour back into Collins glass

5. Top with a couple ice cubes Garnish: 1 lemon wedge, 1 lime wedge and whatever is calling your name – cucumber spear, Dirty Sue Jalapeno Stuffed Olive, thick cut slice of bacon – treat yourself! 

*Glass – optional. Run the lemon wedge around the rim of the glass and roll into some Old Bay Seasoning. 

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