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… Read More

Classic Cocktail Recipe: Metropole

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… Read More

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… Read More

Classic Cocktail Recipe: Gin Sidecar (Chelsea Sidecar)

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… Read More

Ingredient of the Month: Broker’s Gin

March 15th, 2014


It is always important to have a good London dry gin on hand and most of the time that I reach for a London dry, I reach for Broker’s gin. Broker’s is a great example of the London dry style, with a bright, sparkling flavor and aromatic nose. Juniper is definitely present, as it should be, but is not over powering. Likewise, citrus peels bring subtle floral and citrus notes to the mix… Read More

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