Our Long Pour: “Lucien Gaudin”

Like a character from a Decemberists song, here comes Lucien Gaudin with his epée drawn. He was an early-20th Century French Olympic champion fencer, and his eponymous cocktail is just as refined, precise and brash as his performance on the piste. An ounce of gin and a half ounce each of Campari, Cointreau and dry…

Our Long Pour: “Fresh Bay Gimlet”

This is an instant classic. I love the scent of fresh bay leaves, and this uses them in such a clever way. Taking the gimlet as a point of departure, it ditches the lime cordial and substitutes it with fresh lime juice and a quick homemade cordial of fresh bay/laurel leaves whizzed in the blender…

Our Long Pour: “Queen of the Damned”

Oh, have I been waiting for this one. I love hibiscus, and this calls for a homemade hibiscus cordial that – while very easy – takes some planning ahead. At least a day before making the drink, assemble your cordial ingredients. If you’re familiar with the Mexican drink agua de jamaica, you already know what…

Our Long Pour: “The Paper Plane”

Aperol has never been my favourite thing. It’s like the McDonald’s drink syrup of my youth got older, but refused to grow up. Here, Amaro Nonino, bourbon and lemon juice take the errant hooch to the woodshed and wipe the silly grin off its face. What remains is still sweet, day-glo orange and tangerine-forward, but…

Our Long Pour: Cardamom and Mint Cocktail

Not much of a name, but this is an absolutely delicious drink. It hits all of our buttons… sweet and sour, herbal and spicy, with the freshness of gin drawn out with the mellowness of Lillet Blanc. Keys to success here are to muddle the mint and cardamom with granulated sugar to help break them…

Our Long Pour: “The Bicycle Thief”

We have a deep and abiding love for the classic Negroni, but it’s not an exclusive arrangement. Sometimes, the Negroni is just a little too… extra. Too bitter. Too much of a commitment to a buzz too early in the evening. And sometimes, well, the Negroni… just doesn’t last quite long enough. So, we’re always…

Our Long Pour: “Ananda Spritz”

Everyone’s dealing with the pandemic in their own way. Some of us are sewing masks. Others have converted our home meth labs to produce hydroxychloroquine (so civic-minded!) Here at Our Long Table, for better and for worse, we’ve decided to punctuate the end of the work-from-home day with a genteel five o’clock tipple. To that…