Our First Annual OLN “State of the Cocktail” (or a few things we actually remember from last year)

One afternoon back in the summer of 2010, we sat pondering the reoccurring question, “Where can we go for a well-crafted cocktail?” We knew the places had to be out there, but we were continually searching for bars or restaurants that might live up to our libatious needs and exceedingly high expectations with mixed results. …

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A Twist of the Lion’s Tail

When you hear the phrase “twisting the lion’s tail”, a cocktail is not the first thing that comes to mind.  Most likely visions of violence on the African plains as a result of an ill-advised activity spring to mind.  But, in the 1930s, “twisting the lion’s tail” was American slang for anything distinctly British.  Based … Continue reading A Twist of the Lion’s Tail

It Begins…The Alamagoozlum Cocktail

The first cocktail in Ted Haigh’s ode to classic cocktails, Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails: From the Alamagoozlum to the Zombie and Beyond, is the Alamagoozlum cocktail.  This unusual concoction first appeared in the cheeky The Gentleman’s Companion, or Around the World with Jigger, Beaker, and Flask in 1939 under the name “J. Pierpont Morgan’s Alamagoozlum: … Continue reading It Begins…The Alamagoozlum Cocktail

Miller Union’s Cara Laudino – “Bar Wench” Extraordinaire

The list of accolades for Miller Union (MU) continues to grow. Named as one of the top restaurants in the country by Food and Wine and one of the 10 best new restaurants in the country by Bon Appetit, chef Steven Satterfield, co-owner Neil McCarthy, and bar manager Cara Laudino have created a great team … Continue reading Miller Union’s Cara Laudino – “Bar Wench” Extraordinaire