Category Archives: Jack Rudy Tonic


Remember all those days you spent during your youth, going to county and state fairs, devouring way too much cotton candy and making yourself a little (or a lot) ill from eating fluffy pink sugar that looked like insulation? No? Well, I do…I even remember making cotton candy for the 4-H club. I’m not sure why this happened. I was never part of the 4-H club. My memory on this is fuzzy, at best.

Anywho, I digress. If you ever reminisce about the more innocent days of cotton candy and state fairs, then have I got something for you.

Jones Cream Soda
I don’t know if you guys have ever tried this stuff, but WOWZA. It sure does taste and smell like cotton candy. I mean, holy beejezus. And it is SUPER sweet. Honestly, I’m not sure I could handle more than a few sips of this on its own. BUT! As a cocktail mixer, used in much moderation, it is pretty spectacular. Seriously, don’t go overboard with this stuff, but a little bit of it can really make for a lot of deliciousness. It took a few tries, but I managed to come up with a cocktail that plays to this particular beverage’s cotton candy strengths perfectly. I call it “The Insulator”.

The InsulatorCotton Candy

*2 parts bourbon
*2 parts grapefruit juice (get fancy with it)
*1/2 part Jack Rudy Tonic (for heaven’s sake, grab yourself some of this stuff!)
*1 part Jones Cream Soda
*1 part seltzer

The grapefruit juice and the tonic really tame the uber-sweetness of the cream soda, and the seltzer mellows the whole thing out just perfectly. I really enjoy this one. Sweet and tart, but not overwhelming on either account.

More tomorrow, folks! Enjoy.

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Winter lovin’ (happened so fast)

I’m not generally one to gloat, boast or brag, so allow me just this one…it’s 74 degrees here right now, I’m sitting on my front porch writing this, and I f-ing LOVE IT! This past Sunday we had a little backyard, chili & cornbread get together – where we burned two Christmas trees and shenanigans ensued – and I had shorts and a t-shirt on! Having lived in New York for a damn long time, I can safely say that living in a warm climate is just superior and no one can tell me otherwise. Basically, this is just a disclaimer to all of you that if I’m ever thinking of moving somewhere like Minneapolis, remind me that I once wrote these words and that I should vehemently reconsider.

But I digress. Let’s get back to the important things like making delicious cocktails. This one is in honor of the sunshine – it’s light, refreshing and pretty damn tasty. So let’s get to it.

Gulf of MexicoGulf of Mexico

*2 parts tequila blanco
*1 part Aperol
*2 parts cranberry juice (make it fancy!)
*1 part ginger beer
*1 part seltzer
*1/2 part Jack Rudy Tonic (I honestly can’t get enough of this stuff)
*A few dashes of orange bitters

Mix it all together in your favorite glass, give it a stir, and enjoy. Even if it’s 27 degrees where you are, it’s okay! This cocktail will make you feel like you’re in the tropics.

Okay, I’ll stop being a warm-weather asshole now. Whether you have snow on the ground or sun in the sky, as long as you like my drinks, I love all of you! Until next time.

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Not your ordinary tonic

Holy crap, you guys. I just stumbled across this the other day, and I think it may have changed my life.

Jack Rudy Tonic

Small batch tonic!! It’s FANTASTIC. I can’t really say enough about it. It’s very tart, a little sweet, complex and most importantly, incredibly delicious. Head over to the Jack Rudy Cocktail Company for more info – if this tonic is any indication, they’re wonderful people and deserve a look!

Now, the real intent of this magical elixir is to help make the perfect Gin & Tonic, which I’m quite sure it does. But we here at The Amateur Cocktailer – okay, I’m just one guy, but whatever – are prone to a lot of experimentation, and more importantly, a lot of bourbon love. So I decided to play around, and I must say, what I came up with is something that you maybe will want to drink for the rest of your days.

Bourbon TonicI struggled with the name for a while – seems to be a trend these days – but I decided to go the simple route, with a little homage to the fine people at Jack Rudy’s thrown in.

Rudy’s Bourbon Tonic

2 parts bourbon
1 part Campari
1/2 part Jack Rudy Tonic
A few dashes aromatic bitters
Splash of lemon juice
Orange twist

Shake all the good stuff up, pour it into your favorite glass straight up, and enjoy the hell out of it. I’m pretty thrilled with this one.

More to come soon!!

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