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
The Mamie Taylor cocktail. Every heard of it? No? You’re not alone. This under-appreciated classic is not even on the menu of most modern hallowed halls of cocktails. This long forgotten libation first appeared in print in The Bartender’s Book by Jack T0wnsend in 1952. However, by this point, the Mamie Taylor was already long … Continue reading Mamie Yes, Mamie No?
Charlie and Jim met at the University of Georgia. As good college students tend to do, they bonded over a common love. Whiskey. After a good deal of talking and enjoying single malts, Irish whiskey, bourbon and some rye, it became clear to the two what the next step should be. Create a whiskey of … Continue reading American Spirit Whiskey – a white whiskey to love
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
Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday. The last day to indulge, imbibe, and get intoxicated before midnight strikes and Ash Wednesday arrives. You can’t fully celebrate Mardi Gras without a cocktail in hand. And what cocktail is more fitting than the New Orleans Hurricane. Back in the 1940s, New Orleans bar owner Pat O’Brien faced an inventory … Continue reading Celebrating Mardi Gras with a New Orleans Hurricane
Alma Cocina, located downtown in the 191 Building on Peachtree next to the Ritz and just south of Hard Rock Cafe, quickly won my heart when they opened in December. I have to admit up front, I’ve never been much of a tequila drinker. I also have to say that I try to avoid the … Continue reading Cocktails and tequila shine at Alma Cocina
You can’t talk cocktails without giving a nod to the daiquiri. Granted, for years my “nod” was a shaking of the head in disapproval as I watched slushy mixtures of frozen daiquiris come out of machines, or being prepared with pre-made commercial mixes. Remember the Fat Tuesdays Daiquiri Bars with the slushy machines churning out … Continue reading Vintage Cocktail Project: La Floridita Daiquiri