Sippin’ Scope by Joey Gottesman

Ring in 2011 by switching up your spirit rut. Local expert mixologist, Joey Gottesman whipped up signature sips ideal for every astrological sign. Happy Sippin!

Capricorn – December 22-January 20

Capricorns are patient and persevering. They reach their goals because they know the longest journey commences with a single step and that the first step is always the most difficult. Capricorns must always try to do is balance work with play. Conservative and cautious, Capricorns represent responsibility, structure and hard work.

WHITE LADY (The Savoy Hotel, London- England)

1 oz. Bombay Sapphire Gin

½ oz. Cointreau

1/2 – Whole Lemon (Pressed) ½ oz.

½ oz. Egg White (pasteurized from the carton)

½ oz. Simple Syrup


Dry shake egg white first, then add all other ingredients, shake hard over ice and fine strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon.


The roots of the first White Lady were planted back in 1919 in London by a gentleman called Harry MacElhone at the Ciro’s Club; he first made it using crème de menthe it was known as a Delilah. But in the late 1920′s The Savoy’s Harry Craddock perfected the drink and took the White Lady to the next level, it became a Savoy classic and features in the very first Savoy cocktail book (1930).

Harry Cradock’s original recipe was the same as the above but without egg white. The egg white was added to give the drink a greater body and a richer mouth feel.

Glass:   8oz. Martini

Aquarius – January 21-February 19

Those born under the sign of Aquarius not only march to a different drummer, they make up new music as they go along. They can also be objective in judgement, for they never let their emotions get in the way. Outgoing and amiable, Aquarians attract friends wherever they go and those whom Aquarians befriend have their unswerving loyalty.

THE PERFECT MANHATTAN (The Plaza, a Fairmont Managed Hotel, NY – USA)

1 ½ oz. Woodford Reserve

½ oz. sweet vermouth

½ oz. dry vermouth

1 dash bitters (Peychaud’s for a milder Cocktail)


Swirl with ice to chill, pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry.


Legend suggests that the drink originated in New York City in the early 1870s, where it was invented by Dr. Iain Marshall for a banquet hosted by Jennie Jerome (Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston’s mother) in honor of presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden.

Glass:   8oz. Martini

Pisces – February 20-March 20

Pisces is the sign symbolised by the image of two fish. Their symbol depicts one fish heading upward, the other pulling downward. This mirrors how Pisceans are frequently torn between two pathways in life, or actually do live two very different existences at the same time. This zodiac sign is acknowledged as being the Saint and the Sinner rolled into one; the trendsetter of fashion or art, the lost soul, the philosopher and the psychotic and the visionary. Considering their many vulnerable characteristics; Pisceans are incredibly adaptable and resilient.

THE CLASSIC CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL (The Fairmont Monte Carlo, Monaco)

3 oz Piper-Heidsieck Champagne

¼ oz Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac

2 dashes Angostura bitters

1 sugar cube


Soak one sugar cube in a champagne flute with angostura bitters. Add champagne and cognac. Squeeze in a twist of lemon and discard. Garnish with half a slice of orange.


First recorded in Jerry Thomas’s 1862 book ‘How To Mix Drinks’, or ‘The Bon Vivant’s Companion’, where he almost certainly mistakenly specifies this as a shaken drink. That would be explosive. Another early reference to Champagne cocktails is in Mark Twain’s 1869 novel, Innocents Abroad. It is thought the drink found popularity after a bartender named John Dougherty won an 1899 New York cocktail competition with a similar drink named Business Brace.

Glass:   5 oz. Champagne Flute

Aries – March 21-April 20

This firey sign is known as adventurous, active and outgoing. Bubbly and bold, Aries people love challenges. In fact, if everything is running smoothly, they are quite capable of going out and doing something to rock the boat. Aries love to race in where angels fear to tread. The twist? Aries are surprisingly naive, making them a complex combination of very strong masculine and feminine expressions all combined together.

THE SINGAPORE SLING (The Fairmont Singapore, Singapore)

1 oz. Bombay Sapphire Gin

½ oz. Cherry Brandy

3oz. ml Fresh Pineapple Juice

½ oz. Fresh Lime Juice

¼ oz. Cointreau

¼ oz. Dom Benedictine or B&B

½ oz. Grenadine

1 dash Angostura® bitters

Top up with Club Soda


Shake first 8 ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled glass. Top with soda, lightly stir.


Ngiam Tong Boon had been a bartender at Raffles Hotel at the turn of the century and created the Singapore Sling in 1915.

Originally created as a lady’s drink and thus the pink hue, it has become a world-renowned cocktail still being mixed in Raffles Hotel. A recipe written on a bar-chit in creator Ngiam’s own handwriting, dated 1936 can still be found in the Raffles Hotel Museum along with Ngiam’s recipe book.

Glass:   10 oz. Collins

Taurus – April 21-May 21

Underneath their cool, calm and collected exterior, Taureans differ greatly from all the other signs of the zodiac. they can switch off from the world around them very efficiently. This sign is also very closely connected to ‘feeling good’. Most Taureans like their creature comforts and hate change because it takes them out of their automatic pilot condition of separating themselves from the world around them.

BLOODY CEASAR (The Fairmont Banff Springs, Calgary, Canada)

1 oz. Finlandia vodka

3 oz. Clamato juice

3 drops of Tabasco Sauce

2 drops of Worcestershire

2 – Lime Wedges (Pressed)

½ teaspoon Fresh Horseradish

¼ oz. Balsamic Vinegar

¼ teaspoon each – Salt, pepper & spices

Garnish with a lemon wedge & celery stick

Rim top of glass with celery salt


Rim top of glass with celery salt; build ingredients over spiced ice cubes***.


The Bloody Caesar was invented in 1969 in Calgary, Alberta. Bartender Walter Chell developed the original cocktail after three months of exploring different recipes. He came up with a spicy drink made of Clamato juice, vodka, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and a dash of oregano. It is Canada’s #1 selling cocktail, with more than 250 million sold each year.

Glass:   10 oz. Collins

***Spiced Ice Cube Recipe

1 liter of water

2 – Table Spoons of Dry Oregano

Place the cubes in a form and place in the freezer until frozen…



Gemini – May 22-June 21

Those born under the sign of the ‘Twins’ are always on the move; thirsty for knowledge and new experiences. Terminally curious and sometimes even mischievous, Geminis are multi-faceted souls who enjoy knowing a little bit of everything. Variety is their spice of life.

BLOODY MARY (The Fairmont Empress, Victoria, B.C, Canada)

1 oz. Finlandia vodka

3 oz. Bloody Mary Mix

Garnish with a lemon wedge & celery stick

Rim top of glass with celery salt


Rim top of glass with celery salt; build ingredients over spiced ice cubes***.


The origin of the Bloody Mary is disputed. Fernand Petiot is said to have invented the drink in 1921 while working at the New York Bar in Paris, France, later to become Harry’s New York Bar a frequent hangout for Ernest Hemingway and other American& Canadian expatriates.

Glass:   10 oz. Collins

***Spiced Ice Cube Recipe

1 liter of water

2 – Table Spoons of Dry Dill Weed

Place the cubes in a form and place in the freezer until frozen…

Cancer – June 22-July 23

Most cancers are a bundle of contradictions. Up and down like the proverbial yo-yo, most Cancerians feel one way one minute, then sometimes totally different the next. But this characteristic is part of their charm. Like their astrological symbol, the Crab, Cancers can appear hard and insensitive on the outside. However, for those of us who know and love a “Moon Child”, we understand that deep below lies a softness and sensitivity that makes them so very special.

THE BRANDY ALEXANDER (The Fairmont San Francisco, California, USA)

1 ½ oz. Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac

¾ oz. Bols dark crème de cacao

¾ oz. single cream

1/4 tsp grated nutmeg (garnish)


Shake all ingredients (excl. nutmeg) with ice and fine strain into chilled glass. Dust with freshly grated nutmeg


Created prior to 1930, this classic blend of brandy and chocolate smoothed with cream is based on the original Alexander, which calls for gin as its base.

Glass:   8 oz. Martini

Leo – July 24-August 23

Leo’s are born fortunate. Charismatic and positive-thinking they attract not only an abundance of friends and opportunities, but manage to survive life’s stormy times with style and good humor. Nearly all Leos are trendsetters, leaders and adventurers.

GOLDEN MOJITO (Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Barbados)

1½ oz. Mount Gay Rum

Fresh Juice of 1 Lime

2tsp Brown Sugar

12 fresh Mint Leaves

3 oz. Ginger Ale


Lightly muddle mint (just to bruise) in base of glass. Add rum, lime juice and sugar. Half fill glass with crushed ice and stir with bar spoon. Fill glass with more crushed ice and stir some more. Top with Ginger Ale, stir and serve.


The exact origins of the original Mojito and its name are lost in the mists of time. One story traces the Mojito to a similar 16th century drink, the “El Draque,” in honor of Sir Francis Drake. It was made initially with tafia/aguardiente, a primitive predecessor of rum, but rum was used as soon as it became widely available to the British (ca. 1650). Mint, lime and sugar were also helpful in hiding the harsh taste of this spirit. While this drink was not called a Mojito at this time, it was still the original combination of these ingredients.

Glass:   14 oz. Long
















Virgo – August 24-September 23

Creative and sensitive, Virgos are delicate people who, like a rare flower, require individual treatment to fully blossom into their true unique beauty. Shy, they are happy to allow others to take centre-stage. Virgos are givers and when the chips are down and you need a friend or an understanding companionship, don’t be surprised that I Virgo will be by your side.


1 ½ oz. Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac

¾ oz. Cointreau

½ Fresh Lemon Pressed

½ oz. Simple Syrup


Shake all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled cocktail glass.


The Side-Car appeared in France in the early 1920s. Thanks to Prohibition in the United States, American tourists contributed to the popularity of cocktails in Europe. The recipe was published for the first time in London in 1922 by Robert Vermeire, who mentioned that the cocktail was popular in France before being introduced in London. He gave the following ingredients: cognac brandy, Cointreau and lemon juice.

In 1946, the outstanding American journalist and historian Lucius Beebe wrote that the Side-Car was invented in Paris by Frank Meier, a former barman of Hoffman House in New York. The original Side Car was composed of Cointreau and a very specific Rémy Martin vintage 1865 which at that time made it the most expensive cocktail in the world.

Glass:   8 oz. Martini

Libra – September 24-October 23

Extremely positive and decisive in all thoughts and actions. Have great foresight and intuition, and are generally seen at their best when acting on first impressions. Good natured and loving, they enjoy talking to people, yet can also be very attentive listeners. People born in this time symbolize a “balance.” They seem always trying mentally to balance things and get an even judgment.


1 ½ oz. Finlandia Vodka

2 tsp Brown Sugar

1 lime (cubed)

Honey Coated Stir Stick


Place cubed limes and brown sugar into an old fashioned glass. Crush limes, add crushed ice and pour in the Finlandia Vodka.

At this point you twist a “Dawa” or honey stick into some honey and add the stick to the drink.

Muddle limes with Dawa or honey stick.


Dubbed the ‘Safari Capital of the World,’ cosmopolitan Nairobi is the natural departure point for most safari itineraries, indeed nearly all the famous safaris of colonial history set off from Nairobi. No trip to Nairobi was complete without enjoying the famous ‘Dawa’ cocktail followed by such hunter’s delights as: ostrich, eland and crocodile steaks seared over red-hot coals and served on sizzling skewers.

The Dawa African Cocktail is said cure whatever ails you, since “Dawa” means “medicine” or “magic potion” in Swahili. It is now the most widely consumed cocktail in Kenya

Glass:   10 oz. Rocks

Scorpio – October 24-November 22

Reputed to be the “most powerful” sign of the zodiac, Scorpios lead fate filled lives and have intense and dramatic personal relationships. Even as children Scorpios are often found to be wise beyond their years. Many astrologers call this the sign of the “oldest souls”.

The Classic Daiquiri

1 ½ oz. Bacardi Superior

1 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

1 oz. Simple Syrup


Bruise the contents in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and strain into a sugar rimmed martini glass…Garnish with a Lime wedge.


Originating around the turn of the century near a town called Daiquiri in Cuba, this cocktail is a simple blend of readily available Cuban Fair.  Served on the rocks or shaken and strained up, this cocktail made its way to the U.S. via servicemen returning from the Spanish-American war.

Sagittarius – November 23-December 21

Sagittarians possess a natural exuberance, sense of adventure and love of life that makes them one of the most optimistic zodiac signs of all. They believe that anything is possible – and because of this belief system, Sagittarians are adept at seeking out their very own pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Mint Julep

2 oz. Woodford Reserve Bourbon

1 ½ Teaspoons Superfine Sugar

1 oz. Seltzer Water (Club Soda)

10 – Whole Fresh Mint Leaves (Spearmint is preffered)

2 oz. Seltzer (Float)


Muddle the 10 mint leaves in the bottom a double bucket and fill three

Quarters full with ice.  Stir in the rest of the components until combined and icy cold, cap with ice and a splash of seltzer.


The mint julep originated in the southern United States, probably during the eighteenth century and it gained fame in 1938 as the official drink of the Kentucky Derby.  Early Times is the Kentucky Sour Mash Whiskey usually served, however, Woodford Reserve is the Bourbon served in their $1000.00 Julep served in gold plated stainless steel vessels…

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