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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…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

Mixology Monday: Absinthe

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 →