IN THE LOOP: How to Make Speakeasy Cocktails (video)

Making homemade, handcrafted cocktails

One of us likes strong, spirit forward drinks. One of us like refreshing, not-so-strong drinks. But we both like   going to speakeasys and we both like tasty handcrafted cocktails. So we decided to recreate our favorites… for the other to try! Jamie found her favorite drink, a refreshing cucumber mixup , in NYC at a speakeasy and she’s been dying to make the perfect homemade version for months. Sam found hers, a bourbon-heavy concoction, at an upscale bar in Nashville and has been making it at home for quite some time.

See what we had to say about each other’s cocktails and get the full ingredients and instructions…

The West Side

Jamie’s favorite drink, the East Side, but with her own spin on it. 

Ingredients (yields 2):

  • 4oz Gin
  • 2oz fresh lime juice
  • 1.5oz St-Germain
  • Cucumber
  • Mint


  1. muddle cucumber & mint in shaker
  2. add ice
  3. add lime juice, St-Germain, & Gin
  4. shake well, strain into glasses
  5. garnish with cucumber & mint


Vieux Carre

Sam’s favorite bourbon-heavy drink similar to the more well-known Manhattan or Old Fashion.

Ingredients (yields 2):

  • 2oz Rye Whisky
  • 1oz Brandy
  • 1oz Sweet vermouth
  • .25 Beizidctine
  • 2 dashes Peychauds bitters
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Lemon or orange zest


  1. add ice to shaker
  2. add all wet ingredients
  3. stir well
  4. pour into glasses
  5. top with lemon or orange zest

We had so much fun making these cocktails (as if you couldn’t tell) and enjoyed every drop of them. Let us know if you try these recipes and how you like them! For more of our favorites cocktails, check out this blog post that details out the recipes and step by step instructions.


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  • Reply
    January 12, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    Unfortunately I don’t like gin, whiskey or brandy – but I do love cocktails! I actually think if someone handed me the East Side cocktail I would like it as I love mint, lime and cucumber in my drinks – it’s kind of similar to my favourite cocktail Mojito. Next time I’m at a cocktail bar I might just give it go 😉

    • Reply
      January 13, 2018 at 8:07 pm

      Yes, you should try it!! I bet it’d be easily interchanged with vodka, too.

  • Reply
    January 13, 2018 at 8:25 am

    Wonderful suggestions! I prefer the 2nd one though, any cocktail with whisky sounds tasty to me!

    • Reply
      January 13, 2018 at 8:04 pm

      Thanks! And oh yes it was! 🙂

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