Drink Deconstructed: Fiona's Pleasure

Friday, June 13th, 2014 | posted by Sabrina

To help you get your creative recipe juices flowing for the cocktail challenge, we deconstructed one of current drink menu beauties: Fiona’s Pleasure. Don’t let the pretty presentation fool you, this drink is booze-forward and delicious. Whip up one of these this weekend and then create your own magic. Just make sure you submit it to us by June 23rd! Happy crafting and cheers to the weekend!

The Two James Cocktail Challenge!

Monday, June 9th, 2014 | posted by Sabrina


The Scoop

If you equally love coming in to see us as much as you love stocking your home bar, then we may have just right news to kick the week off right: the Two James Cocktail Challenge! We are opening up the floor to you, our dear friends and bartenders to concoct the best craft cocktail you can using our spirits. There are still rules, but only four of them:

You must use a Two James Spirit as a base spirit and no more than two other liquors in the recipe (simple is better).

You must keep the total ingredients to 5 (extra points for fresh and local ingredient choices).

You must provide us with a photo and recipe with measurements included (we need to recreate it if you win).

Your cocktail MUST include a name (yes, we like them quirky).

What’s in it for you?

The WINNER of the Challenge will receive:

$100 cash prize as well as have their drink featured on our menu for the month of July.

The RUNNER-UP of the Challenge will receive:

A $50 cash prize.

How do you submit your magical drink?

Post a photo of your final drink on Instagram between today and June 23rd. Include the name, the recipe and any other tidbits we may like to know in the caption. Tag us in the photo. We will accept entries until June 23rd at midnight. The winners will be announced on and around July 1st to the world and we will direct message the winners before then.

 So, how can I win? (AKA: what are we looking for?)

We like drinks that show/demonstrate/have the following:

  1. Great visual presentation.
  2. Classic, yet complex drinks that are pleasing to the palate.
  3. Drinks that are new takes on old favorites.
  4. Fresh ingredients that allow the spirit to shine through, not mask it.
  5. Any cocktail that shows your creativity and personality.

If you covet spectacular drinks the way that we do, then you have a good shot of making the cut. We can’t wait to see what you all do!

Good Luck and Happy Creating!


The Two James Team

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Drink Deconstructed: The Golden Ticket

Friday, April 25th, 2014 | posted by Sabrina

The Corktown Flip may have left us, but we have plenty of new drinks in the tasting room to tickle your fancy. This one is Nate’s contribution and it’s based upon a classic cocktail from the 40′s. We love it’s simplicity and balance. So make it at home, or order one at Two James. Either way, it’s the weekend! Cheers everyone!


Game-Changing Grenadine

Friday, February 7th, 2014 | posted by Sabrina

Take any idea you had of what grenadine is like and throw it out. Done? Okay, good. We’re going to show you all how to make some amazing grenadine that will change your former frown upside down.

We’ll start by taking some fresh pomegranates and juicing them. No idea where to start? Well, lets just cut them in half first.


Okay, now, grab a bowl and a bit of water and separate the seeds out.



For the juicing part, there are two ways you can go about this. A traditional juicer as featured below…


OR, you can drain away the water in the bowl, leaving only the seeds and crush them in your hands. See Dave’s demo:


Whatever juicing route you choose, you’re going to need to get 2 cups of pomegranate juice. Then, pour into a pot on a burner.


Add in 2 oz. of pomegranate molasses to the juice that is now heating.



Dissolve 2 cups of cane sugar into the juice and molasses mixture. Once dissolved: immediately turn off the heat! 


Add in 1 tsp. of orange blossom water. Stir into the juice mixture.


You want to keep the flavor as bright and raw as you possibly can, which is why after the juice we removed the pot from the heat.

Now, you have this: Grenadine that will ignite your taste-buds and elevate your Shirley Temples…and vodka.


Break out a clean, dry bottle to hold your new concoction.


Pour back into your bowl.


Strain and funnel into bottle.



That’s about it! It’s startlingly simple but incredibly delicious.

Friends don’t let friends drink Rose’s. Get out there and show them how real grenadine is done!*


*Recipe courtesy of David Landrum of Two James Spirits (thanks Dave!)

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Drink Deconstructed:
The Corktown Flip

Friday, January 17th, 2014 | posted by Sabrina

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