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Angostura Bitters Cocktails at Tales of the Cocktail

Angostura Bitters Cocktails at Tales of the Cocktail

Going through our notes of good cocktails we sampled at Tales of the Cocktail led us to a couple we consumed at the Angostura Bitters U.S. Cocktail Challenge. After prior competitions whittled the contestants down to five bartenders, the finalists competed for a $5,000 prize and a trip to Trinidad for…read more →

Cynar Juleps for July 4th

Cynar Juleps for July 4th

The mint julep is a classic cocktail that’s just perfect for summer. Typically comprised of nothing more than bourbon, sugar and mint, the refreshing combo is poured over crushed ice and served en masse everywhere from the Kentucky Derby to backyard barbecues. And while bourbon is certainly the preferred base…read more →

Manhattan Cocktail Classic: News and Notes

Manhattan Cocktail Classic: News and Notes

Cocktail Enthusiast spent the last few days roaming the tasting rooms, seminars and parties of the 2013 Manhattan Cocktail Classic. Below: some of our favorite finds — The MCC Gala kicked off on Friday night with plenty of revelry. There were tuxes and little black dresses. Makeshift bars and Negronis…read more →

Drinking in Singapore: 28 Hongkong Street

Drinking in Singapore: 28 Hongkong Street

A travel dispatch from roving reporter, Nico Martini. Down a back alley in the heart of Singapore, there’s a hidden door that leads you to an even more hidden gem of a cocktail bar called 28 Hongkong Street. It’s not necessarily a speakeasy. There’s no special knock. It’s not hidden…read more →

Drinking a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel

Drinking a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel

A travel dispatch from roving reporter, Nico Martini. Not often do you have an opportunity to visit the birth place of a world-famous cocktail. So, when in Singapore, I made it my mission to drink a Singapore Sling. Invented by Ngaim Tong Boon in 1915 at the Raffles Hotel, the…read more →

Creating Balanced Cocktails

Creating Balanced Cocktails

SPONSORED POST One of the most common considerations when crafting cocktails is achieving a balance between sweet and sour. There are many ways to sweeten a cocktail — sugar, liqueurs, honey and syrups, to name a few. Plus plenty of ways to add tartness to a drink — citrus juices,…read more →

Tasting Table Unveils Best Cocktails of 2012

Tasting Table Unveils Best Cocktails of 2012

Our pals at Tasting Table are a thirsty lot, regularly traipsing about the country in search of fine libations. It’s tireless, thankless work. Actually, no, it’s pretty great. But to justify their expense reports, they’ve got to have something to show for it. So they’ve recently crunched the numbers, compiled…read more →

Texture in Cocktails

Texture in Cocktails

SPONSORED POST Last month we looked at versatility in cocktails. Today we’re exploring texture. Along with taste, aroma and visual sensations, texture is a key component to how we perceive and experience cocktails. Regardless of flavor, drinks with too much or too little texture won’t be as pleasing to the…read more →

Exploring Versatility in Cocktails

Exploring Versatility in Cocktails

SPONSORED POST When stocking a bar (both home and professional) it’s important to be resourceful first. You can leave the never-ending variety of tinctures, shrubs and syrups – and the exorbitant overhead – to craft cocktail bars. Because mixing drinks doesn’t have to require a bevy of obscure ingredients, as…read more →

Manhattan Cocktail Classic: Perrier Panel Talks Cocktail Trends

Manhattan Cocktail Classic: Perrier Panel Talks Cocktail Trends

On Monday, we learned that the Manhattan Cocktail Classic isn’t just one big cocktail party. It’s also an educational convention offering a wealth of industry-specific information to the curious. This lesson came in Perrier’s panel discussion called “What’s Shaken’: Cocktail Trends from the Source.” Hosted by friend of the program,…read more →

The Blue Genever

The Blue Genever

This Cocktail Enthusiast original starts with the unique flavor of Bols Genever, which is a Holland-made spirit that blends a wheat, corn and rye distillate with a juniper berry distillate. Genever’s a predecessor to today’s gin, but it also sports  properties similar to unaged whiskey, and the flavor is rich…read more →

Sherry Cocktails

Sherry Cocktails

Did you know there’s a Secret Sherry Society? Neither did I, but it exists, and among other endeavors, it apparently provides guys like me with sherry cocktail recipes.  From the Society – The leaders of the Secret Sherry Society selected these drinks through a specific tasting and pairing process. The…read more →

Gran Sierpe Pisco’s Iron Chef Cocktails

Gran Sierpe Pisco’s Iron Chef Cocktails

On June 28th, 12 Miami bartenders competed in Gran Sierpe Pisco’s “Iron Chef” mixology competition.  Contestants were tasked with creating signature Gran Sierpe cocktails using secret ingredients, which ranged from ponzu sauce to chocolate bacon to garlic.  The end result was some weirdly creative cocktails, with DJ Love of Mercadito’s…read more →

Seersucker Cocktail Recipe

Seersucker Cocktail Recipe

Summer is an exciting time, especially for that one guy at your office who waits all winter to break out his seersucker suit. If you work for Congress, you probably wore one too on annual Seersucker Day.  But you don’t have to buy new clothes to hop on this trend…read more →

World Cup Cocktails

World Cup Cocktails

With the World Cup approaching, people across the globe will be doing a lot of drinking. Much of it starting in the morning, and ending… July 11, when the tournament’s over.  Whichever team you’re cheering for, the World Cup cocktails below will keep you hydrated throughout the action. USA –…read more →

Ultimate Cocktail Challenge Announces Winners

Ultimate Cocktail Challenge Announces Winners

The inaugural Ultimate Cocktail Challenge was held at Astor Center in New York City on April 12-14, and it recently announced the winning spirits. Winners were chosen by a panel of experts who assessed how well individual spirits performed in classic cocktails, like, for example, how different gins performed in…read more →

El Jimador Introduces Tequila Cocktails in a Can

El Jimador Introduces Tequila Cocktails in a Can

Canned cocktails from El Jimador Tequila are coming to stores this month.  Beginning in California, and then rolling out to the rest of the country by late spring, El Jimador’s “New Mix” cocktails will be available in three varieties: Paloma, which is a drink comprised of tequila, grapefruit soda and…read more →