May 24th, 2014
Ah, the tuxedo. What classic images of sophisticated manliness it brings to mind! Where would or Richard Powell or Humphrey Bogart be without their tailed togs? Surely these bow-tied legends could never bedazzle us so completely without their diaper attire, but one thing remains to complete their image: a cocktail.
These legends of the silver screen drank classics like the martini and brandy & benedictine, but I think if they really would’ve known their stuff they would have chosen the bourbon crusta, a drink which I like to call the tuxedo of cocktails, to accompany their black-tie attire. Read More
April 19th, 2014
When the cocktail was invented, one of the defining ingredients was bitters. Back in the lat 19th Century, there were many kinds of bitters, compounds of various herbs and spices in an alcoholic base, marketed as tonics or medicines for a variety of ailments.
Developed more for the supposed healthful effect than for good flavor...
April 12th, 2014
The Metropole? Never heard of it. What is it - fancy hotel? Well, yes actually. Hotels plural, if you want to be precise, but today we are interested in one in particular: the Hotel Metropole of New York City and its house cocktail, the Metropole, created somewhere around the close of the 19th Century. I really cannot...
April 5th, 2014
One classic cocktail that is sadly under-enjoyed today is the Sidecar. I really cannot explain why because a well-made Sidecar is a delight to savor, starting with the velvety smoothness of the brandy and the deep, rich flavors of a good orange liqueur with the acidity of the lemon juice tying it all together and bringing balance to the sweet ingredients.
The Sidecar falls into...
March 29th, 2014
What would you do if you met a beautiful lady named Chelsea at a cocktail party? Well, you had better make up your mind in a hurry because I am about to introduce her to you: the Chelsea Sidecar cocktail, also known as the Gin Sidecar.
Many of you are, of course, familiar with the great old...