March 1st, 2014
There are two classic cocktails that will always be acknowledged as the twin kings of mixed-drinkdom: the Martini and the Manhattan. Created sometime in the middle of the nineteenth century (accounts range from dates in the 1860′s through the 1870′s), the original Manhattan used rye whisky as a base and was one of the first cocktails to include vermouth (according to Gary Regan).
Needless to say, if you are at all interested in classic cocktails, you should know how to make a good Manhattan. Here is the traditional Read More
February 22nd, 2014
I recently switched to shaving with an old-fashioned safety razor. The old-fashioned way gives a great shave, is so much more enjoyable than the squirt-and-scrape method of today, and it is so much more affordable! It seems that this is often the way with the tools and techniques used before the recent plasticized disposable trend. The first time I tried my new… Read More
February 15th, 2014
Rye whiskey has always been an American tradition, beginning with the application of Old World distilling techniques to the raw ingredients grown in the New World by the early settlers of the eastern U.S. Rye all but disappeared due to Prohibition and after the great alcohol ban was lifted, Bourbon took the whiskey scene by storm, nearly sealing the fate of the venerable…
February 8th, 2014
I am sure you know Martini? I’ve known him for quite a while. He’s a good chap although it can be a little difficult to fully appreciate his personality until you’ve spent some time with him. Quite the cynical fellow, if you know what I mean – quite the dry sort of bloke you could say. Always quite classy, though, always looks very smart.
The other day I met his… Read More
February 1st, 2014
Robert Hess, in his excellent cocktail book The Essential Bartender’s Guide, suggests trying one new cocktail at a time, making it over and over again and playing with different ingredient rations and brands. This process brings a thorough familiarity with the drink, how the flavor profiles work together, and most importantly, it gives you the chance to find the perfect recipe for you!
With the goal of encouraging this process and giving you a little bit of a get-started boost, we will take a look at a different recipe or ingredient each month and list a few variations to get you… Read More