Bloody Brain Shot

Talk about some Halloween goodness right here! This scary-looking shot is achieved through the magic of curdling. Yup, curdling. 

With a little acidity in the Pickers Vodka base, the cream of the Blue Chair Bay Banana Cream Rum creates the look of a brain sitting at the bottom of the shot glass. But, despite the look, it's actually pretty darn tasty!

The trick to the look is using a straw to slowly drop the rum into the glass. When done, a few drops of grenadine add the remaining 'gross factor' perfect for any spooky occasion. 


cocktail shaker
shot glass


1 oz Pickers Vodka
.5 oz Barsmith Lime Juice (or Rose's Lime)
.5 oz Blue Chair Bay Banana Cream Rum
a few drops of grenadine


Combine the vodka and lime with ice and shake briefly to chill. Strain into shot glass. Using a straw, drop the banana cream rum into the glass to create a 'brain' in the glass. Add a few drops of grenadine and serve.

The Best Gimlet Ever

If you're like us, you've probably had a Gimlet somewhere in your drinking history...and you were not that impressed. Too often they're either WAY to tart, too sweet or honestly just not that delicious. Well, news flash... you haven't had this gimlet.

You'll find recipes that call for Rose's lime juice. Don't use it. While that stuff might have a place in some cocktails, it does not belong in this one. Instead, follow the easy recipe at the bottom of this post to make your own lime cordial with just lime zest and simple syrup. You can thank us later.

As for the gin, we reached for good ol' Plymouth Gin on this one because a classic cocktail deserves a classic gin. They've been making it since 1793, so you know they have to be doing something right! It's a unique, protected style of gin that only they make. Go get some.



cocktail shaker
cocktail glass


2 oz Plymouth Gin
.75 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
.75 oz lime cordial (see easy recipe below)
slice of lime for garnish


Place your glass in the freezer to get it ice cold. Add your gin, lime juice and lime cordial to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Give it a good, spirited shake and strain into your chilled glass before dropping in the slice of lime to garnish. 

lime cordial 

1 lime, washed
4 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water)

Using a microplane grater, remove all the zest from the lime. Add the lime zest to your simple syrup, stir to combine and let it sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, pressing the remaining zest to get every damn drop of deliciousness. Refrigerate until needed.