Readers of this blog know we have been engaged in a long-time love affair with cocktails. Our romance with all things cocktail took an unexpected turn recently when worlds collided with our Celtic heritage. About a year ago, the folks over at Scotpress put out a request for Scottish-based cocktail recipes and a mutual friend put them in touch with us. What started … Continue reading We’re baaaaack! And, we brought a book.
One of the biggest drinking holidays in our country, Cinco de Mayo brings folks out of the woodwork to throw back shots of cheap tequila and put away pitchers of artificial, prepackaged mix margaritas. We want to repeat our rules – imbibe responsibly, imbibe properly, and imbibe well. Again, we have laws of libation and … Continue reading Refreshing the rules on Cinco de Mayo
The day of our people has arrived . . . St. Paddy’s Day! Before you begin celebrating the day we commemorate St. Patrick (387-461 AD), let’s make sure you have a few facts straight so you don’t look ridiculous after a few drinks tomorrow. 1. It’s St. Paddy, not St. Patty It is Paddy, not … Continue reading St. Paddy’s Day – Get it right
March 8th is International Women’s Day. It is a day to celebrate the achievements of women throughout history and across nations. Of course, when we ponder the achievements in the women’s movement, our thoughts turn to the fabulous Ada “Coley” Coleman. Ada Coleman, known to her friends and customers as “Coley,” is perhaps the most … Continue reading Toasting Bar Mistress Ada Coleman on International Women’s Day
This week the legendary Elaine Stritch turned 87 years old. In honor of her birthday, we take a look at a drink she helped regain some popularity – The Vodka Stinger. In 1970, Stritch took on the role of Joanne in Stephen Sondheim’s Company and delivered the big 11:00 number, “The Ladies Who Lunch.” Another … Continue reading Another Vodka Stinger?
One of my favorite things growing up was root beer flavored Fizzies. Remember them? You dropped a little brown tablet about the size of a sweet tart into a glass of water and after a couple of minutes of fizzing (see how the name works?), you get a tall glass of root beer! Well, I’m … Continue reading Unusual spirits and intriguing ingredients: Root
Nicky and I have long accepted that we are judgmental toward flavored vodkas. Come on folks, infuse your own. It’s better and you will learn something in the process. Cotton Candy vodka? Really? While we continue to stand by that belief, Bak’s Bison Grass Vodka (produced in Poland) is a bit different. Okay, a lot … Continue reading Unusual spirits and intriguing ingredients: Bison Grass Vodka
Bitters. The name alone turns most people off, but when handled correctly this decidedly herbaceous liquor can create magic on the palate. It can not only encompass bitter elements, but also can include a wide spectrum of spicy, sweet, sour, and so much more. So, let’s get started on our journey to the bitter end. … Continue reading To The Bitter End
Compass Box Whiskymaker John Glaser intrigues me. He’s an artist, a progressive and innovative thinker, and a creative genius who has gained the respect of the whiskymakers of his generation. He founded the Compass Box Whisky Company in 2000 with the mission to “nurture the roots of tradition in order to grow the possibilities.” He … Continue reading Unusual spirits and intriguing ingredients: Compass Box Orangerie
There are lots of liqueurs trending right now. Really unique, interesting flavors. Some are new, and some have been around a while, but have been a bit neglected. They look great on the shelf . . .intriguing and tempting. But how do you know if you really want to invest in a bottle that you … Continue reading Unusual spirits and intriguing ingredients: Saffron Gin