Classic Cocktail Recipe: Bourbon Crusta

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.

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Ingredient of the Month: Angostura Aromatic Bitters

April 19th, 2014

bitters-angostura-6-8-oz-bottle 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...

Classic Cocktail Recipe: Metropole

April 12th, 2014

Metropole_6_Blog 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...

Practicing for Perfection: The Sidecar

April 5th, 2014

sidecarOne 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...

Classic Cocktail Recipe: Gin Sidecar (Chelsea Sidecar)

March 29th, 2014

GinSidecar_1_Blog 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...

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