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The Adonis Cocktail Recipe

The Adonis Cocktail Recipe

The Adonis dates back to the 1880s. This aperitif is easy to make, generally delicious and it’s low in alcohol, so you can have a few without missing dinner. The equal parts of sherry and vermouth make for a nutty and bittersweet base that’s packed with flavor and a great…read more →

Ransom Dry Vermouth Review

Ransom Dry Vermouth Review

Based in Oregon, Ransom Spirits produces a diverse lineup of fine beverages, including their most well-known product: Ransom Old Tom Gin. Over the years, we’ve enjoyed Ransom’s gins as well as Whipper Snapper Whiskey, but this week brought our first taste of Ransom Dry Vermouth. Ransom Dry Vermouth is made…read more →

Vermouth School with Brian McCullough

Vermouth School with Brian McCullough

The 2014 San Antonio Cocktail Conference concluded on Sunday, which means we’ve had just a couple days to recuperate from the haze of seminars, tastings and parties. So many parties… And while the late night festivities at venues like the Majestic and Empire theaters are certainly a big draw, don’t…read more →

This Week in Booze

This Week in Booze

Get the Door. It’s Whiskey. The US Postal Service is looking to alcohol as the answer to its financial troubles, and it could be worth upwards of $50 million per year to an agency that lost $16 billion last year. “There’s a lot of money to be made in beer,…read more →

Maison Lillet Releases Lillet Rose

Maison Lillet Releases Lillet Rose

Maison Lillet, producers of the French aperitifs Lillet Blanc and Lillet Rouge, announced their first new product in 50 years: Lillet Rosé. Lillet Rosé has just launched on the public market, but it was introduced to the industry last year, garnering some serious recognition: it was awarded a Chairman’s Trophy…read more →

Palmetto Cocktail

Palmetto Cocktail

I’m a big fan of simple cocktails, in part because they’re easy to make with what’s on hand, but also because they prove that good drinking doesn’t require a handful of fancy syrups, liqueurs and garnishes. My appreciation for the basic combination of spirit, fortified wine and bitters—seen in classic drinks…read more →

The Tailspin Cocktail

The Tailspin Cocktail

The Tailspin is a lovely little cocktail I first came across in How to Booze: Exquisite Cocktails and Unsound Advice.  Combining gin, sweet vermouth, green chartreuse and a touch of Campari, the Tailspin is a flavor-packed cocktail colored with interesting hues of both green and red. For a drink with…read more →

The Hearst Cocktail

The Hearst Cocktail

While yesterday was a rye day, today was most definitely a gin day.  With an assortment of gins at hand (Plymouth, Tanqueray Ten, Sapphire, Aviation and Martin Miller’s) I wanted to drink either something new, or something I hadn’t had in awhile.  Enter Esquire Drinks. I perused several gin-based cocktail recipes…read more →

Mixology Monday: Absinthe and the Chrysanthemum Cocktail

Mixology Monday: Absinthe and the Chrysanthemum Cocktail

Once per month cocktail fiends band together to create a booze-soaked collection of cocktail recipes for Mixology Monday.  This month’s host is Sonja of Thinking of Drinking, who chose absinthe as the theme.  From Sonja – The topic for February is Absinthe. That much maligned, misunderstood, mistreated spirit, suddenly plentiful…read more →

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Naked Lady (Cocktail)

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Naked Lady (Cocktail)

Ah Valentine’s Day, that special holiday when couples spend money and singles spend time alone.  Whichever boat you’re in this year, you might as well add a naked lady to the mix. Despite the name, the Naked Lady cocktail is actually somewhat classy, and an inexpensive Valentine’s date. It’s  an aperitif…read more →

The Bronx Cocktail

The Bronx Cocktail

While there’s always a place for intricate cocktails boasting fun ingredients like Benedictine, Orgeat or Maraschino liqueur, sometimes you just want to simplify your life and your drinks. Comprised of five simple ingredients found in any reasonably stocked home bar, the Bronx Cocktail is basically a perfect martini with orange…read more →

Before Martini, there was Martinez

Before Martini, there was Martinez

Many cocktails have predecessors, but perhaps none was quite as important as the under appreciated Martinez, a gin and sweet vermouth concoction that helped pave the way for the ubiquitous martini. As with many cocktails, origins of the Martinez are a hazy mess of conflicting stories. Some say it was created…read more →

The Derby Cocktail Recipe

The Derby Cocktail Recipe

No drink quite embodies the Kentucky Derby like the Mint Julep, the classic concoction of bourbon, sugar and mint served in an iconic silver cup. But another cocktail, simply known as The Derby, was created to commemorate the Kentucky Derby. The below drink recipe is taken from The Bartender’s Guide by…read more →

The Scofflaw: One Good Thing to Come out of Prohibition

The Scofflaw: One Good Thing to Come out of Prohibition

The word “scofflaw” applies to one who flouts the law.  During the dark days of Prohibition, this term was a popular one, thrown at those brave, thirsty souls forced into hidden speakeasies by their own government. With a disapproving nod to the west, Harry’s New York Bar in Paris created…read more →

Rob Roy

Rob Roy

The Rob Roy is basically a Manhattan that uses Scotch instead of rye. It’s believed to have been named after Robert Roy MacGregor, who was a Robin Hood-like figure in 18th century Scotland. Hence the Scotch. For best results, opt for a blended Scotch here. Dewar’s or Famous Grouse are…read more →

Negroni Recipe

Negroni Recipe

The Negroni starts with an Americano base — sweet vermouth and Campari — and adds the boozy stoutness of gin. While the Negroni is an aperitif and meant to stimulate the appetite before a meal, too many of these guys on an empty stomach will have you falling off your…read more →

Martini Recipe

Martini Recipe

The martini is one of the world’s best known and most popular cocktails, having been immortalized by such drinking greats as Winston Churchill, James Bond and Frank Sinatra. However, nowadays, half the martinis made in a bar use vodka instead of gin, totally exclude vermouth, are shaken like hell rather than…read more →

Vieux Carré

Vieux Carré

The Vieux Carré was born sometime prior to 1937 in New Orleans at what would later become the Carousel Bar at the Monteleone Hotel.  According to Ted Haigh’s Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, the cocktail was named for the old French term for New Orleans’s French Quarter—le Vieux Carré—which means…read more →

Vesper Martini

Vesper Martini

The Vesper Martini was first popularized in the James Bond book by Ian Fleming, Casino Royale, and gained further, more recent notoriety in the 2006 film of the same name.  The drink was named for Bond’s love interest Vesper Lynd, and showing much fondness for the drink, Fleming’s Bond recited…read more →

Maximilian Affair

Maximilian Affair

Many drinkers have one liquor they just cannot stomach.  The one spirit from their past in which they “had a bad experience.”  For me, and many others, that liquor was tequila.  Though I’d learned to tolerate tequila over the years — largely due to drinking better stuff — it was…read more →