Cocktails with Richard: Everything old is new again

by Richard F. Edwards

It is often said, in the fashion world, that if something hangs in your closet long enough, it will come back into style and you can wear it again (provided it still fits). The world of spirits can be equally fickle, with spirits and cocktails waxing and waning in popularity. When was the last time you ordered a Harvey Wallbanger, Pink Lady, Sloe Gin Fizz or Singapore Sling.

Below are some spirits that have been experiencing a resurgence in popularity in recent years, and have become bartender favorites for formulating craft cocktails. A cocktail theme party would be great with any one or more of these spirits.

Drambuie: a liqueur made from scotch whiskey, honey and a blend of herbs and spices, the original recipe dates back to the mid-1700s. With a few changes in recipe and ownership over the years, Drambuie is currently owned by William Grant & Sons, the makers of Glenfiddich.

Limoncello: an Italian liqueur produced mainly in southern Italy from the zest of Femminello St. Teresa lemons. Lemon zest is steeped in rectified spirit until the oil is released. The resulting yellow liquid is them mixed with simple syrup. It is this mixing that gives lemoncello its characteristic strong lemon flavor without the bitterness of pure lemon juice. It can be served chilled after dinner, mixed in cocktails, or even used to flavor ice cream.

Aperol: developed in 1919, this spirit gained popularity in the 1920s and 30s. Its unique bittersweet taste is derived from a secret recipe that has remained unchanged since 1919. The Aperol Spritz is the signature cocktail made from Aperol, and considered by many to be “Italy’s Cocktail.” Its relatively low alcohol content (11%) makes it ideal for a brunch cocktail, afternoon sipper or an aperitif.



1 ½ ounces scotch whisky

½ ounce Drambuie

1 twist of lemon peel

Add scotch and Drambuie to ice-filled glass. Stir well. Garnish with lemon twist.


3 parts Zardetto Prosecco

2 parts Aperol

splash of soda water

orange slice, for garnish

Add all ingredients to ice-filled wine glass. Garnish with orange slice.


2 ounces Woodford Reserve Bourbon

1ounce Paolucci Limoncello

1 dash Fee Brothers Orange Bitters

1 dash Fee Brothers Old Fashion Bitters

Add bourbon and limoncello to ice-filled glass. Add bitters. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

Richard F. Edwards is Marketing Manager at Uptown Wine & Spirits, 1208 Broadway, Columbus

Tom Ingram

Tom Ingram is the editor of The Local. He is an English literature graduate of Columbus State University and Columbus native.

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