The Kitty Burke – An Afternoon Cocktail from ‘Handcrafted Cocktails’ and a #Giveaway

I was asked to review the cocktail book ‘Handcrafted Cocktails – The Mixologist’s Guide to Classic Drinks for Morning, Noon and Night by Molly Wellmann. I’m always eager to be inspired and learn more about the art of crafting cocktails so I took the bait and I’m glad I did. It’s a small book that is just packed with information and great recipes, well…I’m assuming great recipes if the first drink I spied that took my fancy is any measure. The book opened to this recipe for a Kitty Burke, it looked so refreshing on what was a hot day in Denver and I spied in the middle of the page a reference to the St. Louis Cardinals and I was done. I’m from St. Louis and no matter how long I’ve been gone or how far away I may be I will forever be a Cardinals fan. This drink was getting made!

handcrafted-cocktails-bookcover Molly resides in Cincinnati and brings a world of experience to this endeavor. She is the co-owner of multiple bars in Cincinnati and was voted best mixologist/bartender in the city for three consecutive years; this girl has chops! The book includes chapters that provide basics for Bartending Tools and Techniques and another that discusses Spirits and Handcrafted Mixers but the best part is how she separates the remaining chapters of the book into sections for illuminating cocktails basically on the consideration of what time of the day they are best suited for. How convenient! In Drinks for the Morning there are hangover cures, pretty pink concoctions and more meant for a breakfast or brunch occasion. Additional chapters follow with Drinks for the Afternoon, Happy Hour Drinks, Drinks with Dinner and After Dinner Drinks.

The Kitty Burke is in Chapter 4: Drinks for the Afternoon. Don’t you love that…no longer resigned to having to wait until 5pm! The ingredients all contribute to such a light and totally refreshing beverage…some gin, orange flower water, mint and cucumber…makes you thirsty just thinking about it, huh?

I also noticed some familiar names in this chapter like the Mint Julep and Pisco Punch but I’m more excited about those I have yet to discover; the Koala cocktail might have to be tried soon; I’m absolutely enthralled about a cocktail that uses eucalyptus simple syrup!


Some of the cocktails have a story behind them and the Kitty Burke is one of those. Kitty was a Cincinnati burlesque dancer in the 1930’s who loved the Red Stockings that played at Crosley Field where she loved to heckle the batters. One night she became agitated enough with her team that she walked over to the on deck batter and took the bat from him to show him how to hit. GO KITTY!! The Cardinals pitcher threw her a pitch and and the rest is history. She hit the ball (even though it didn’t count, of course) but it did put her in the history books. The Reds gave her a uniform she even used in her act. I love the authors tone, I can not deny, indicating she made this cocktail with a little orange blossom water to give it a feminine touch but that it’s the perfect drink for bad-ass women to drink while watching and playing baseball better than men. Wish I had been there with Kitty…I can hear myself now, ‘You GO Girl!!’

I’ve got so many cocktails I want to make and guess what? One of my readers will be given this same book to make them too! If you’re ready to get your ‘cocktail on’ all you have to do is leave a comment; let’s see…how about you tell me what  your favorite cocktail is; just because I’m curious! Really it’s that simple; jump to after the recipe for the Rules.

The Kitty Burke
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 2 bar spoons triple sec
  • 1 bar spoon orange blossom water
  • 2 cucumber wheels
  • 6 mint leaves
  • Soda to top
  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber and mint leaves. Add the gin, triple sec and orange blossom water. Add ice, shake and strain into an ice filled old fashioned glass.
  2. Top with soda and gently stir.
  3. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a cucumber wheel.

THE RULES – This Giveaway is Closed; winner is Ansh with Spiceroots

  1. Simply leave a comment sharing what your favorite cocktail is to be entered to win.
  2. Follow me on Twitter for an extra chance but it’s not required! (Be sure to leave a 2nd comment and let me know).

Contest ends Thursday, September 5, 2013 at midnight; winner will be chosen on September 6, 2013 using

I do hope you win…but even more I wish I could share a cocktail with all of you (I probably have enough booze!). Good Luck!

I was provided with a copy of Handcrafted Cocktails  but all commentary is my own.

 True Confession? You know how I’m living one place and doing posts in another. Well, sometimes I decide to make something where I’m living so I bring ingredients over here; including my Citronge ‘triple sec.’ Sooo…when I went to my daughter Emily’s to work on this cocktail, son of a gun, I forgot about it and arrived there and NO triple sec! The closest thing I had was some Limoncello. Now, it was really very good but it also had a tinge of yellow so you are NOT seeing things; these photos speak the truth!

I’m making it again this weekend for company so I’ll report back but I’m certain I’ll love it too; I loved it made with the wrong citrus liqueur!


  1. says

    A Pina-jito at Crush Wine Bar in Whitefish, Montana has to be the best drink I’ve ever had- it is pineapple-mint infused vodka, pineapple juice and muddled mint. It is super refreshing! A classic margarita on the rocks is also pretty delicious ;)

  2. Kim Porter says

    I stil love a classic lemon drop martini…refreshing on any day. Would love to discover something new, though. The Kitty Burke is now on my list of cocktails to try. Will be Pinning this!

  3. Heather S says

    I am a big fan of the Oaks Lily, a delicious mix of vodka, sour mix (we just use fresh lemon juice), cranberry juice, and triple sec. It’s the Official Drink of the Kentucky Oaks, which is the big fillies race the day before the Kentucky Derby.

  4. says

    I loved the back story to this cocktail and your *True Confession* Molly Wellman is an amazing woman to have written such a book and to have such a starred history herself as a mixologist/bartender. I’m sure if the Molly and Kitty were able to have met one another they would have found that they had a great deal in common. They certainly are both women with *chops*
    Paula Most Recent Post: Chocolate Button Sandwich Cookies with Amaretto Buttercream

  5. Leslie Kiley says

    My all time favorite cocktail is a frozen peach bellini! Light , fruity and easy to drink! It makes you feel pampered.

  6. says

    I’ve not heard of this cocktail, and it looks totally delish. Of course I have all the ingredients, so I’ll have to give it a try. My usual triple sec is Cointreau, and I’ve not used Citronge – should I be using that instead in your opinion? Anyway, pinning down my favorite cocktail is touch! Probably during warm weather it’s the Classic Daiquiri (lately I’ve been making them with 2 parts white rum to 1 part lime juice, maybe a teaspoon of simple syrup). When it colder, the Sidecar is my fave. And a Mai-Tai is always welcome! But really it’s whatever I happen to be drinking at that moment. ;-) Fun post – thanks.
    john@kitchenriffs Most Recent Post: The Hula Hula Cocktail

    • Creative Culinary says

      In my exhaustive research for the best orange liqueur I’m sure that I bought this because it fit category one. Price. :)

      I don’t object to any of them that use real orange essence; as long as it’s not just artificial flavor and sugar, I think they all work about the same John.

  7. Laurie Schafer says

    Basil Briar Martini created by Anna at the Greenbriar in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Muddled basil, simple syrup, vodka, fresh lime, and the retro surprise, a splash of Galliano. Delicious!

  8. says

    What a jewel of a book, and those who know me know I love my cocktails! My personal favorite is surely the Hanky Panky, equal parts gin and Italian vermouth with a few drops of Fernet Branca, and an orange twist, it is heaven on earth. And about that 5:00 rule, in my view, it is always 5:00 someehere in the world.

  9. says

    Another great cocktail– do you know when I saw your post this morning I was surprised it was Friday already? The start of school makes for a hectic time here but am I ever glad to reach Friday! The cocktail I turn to is gin and tonic…mainly because it is simple and easy enough that I don’t worry about messing up the ingredients. Looks like this book would help me branch out a bit!
    Holly Most Recent Post: Brownie Affogato with Boulder Ice Cream (Giveaway!)

  10. Ellen M. says

    My cocktail tastes are pretty simple – a good Cosmo or a rum, coke and lime. However, I just read a book where the main character drinks “French martinis”, which are vodka, raspberry liqueur and pineapple juice, which sounds like it could be a new favorite. Can’t wait to try it. The book sounds great – thanks for the chance!

  11. says

    My favorite cocktail is super simple. This is one I drink on a regular basis. Vodka, soda and a lime. Sure there are others out there that I love but as my true blue regular? The local bar tender just calls it “the Kelli” Ketel One, soda and lime. :) TGIF!


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