In honor of “National Brandied Fruit day” as decided by some entity somewhere, I’ve been contemplating making my own home-made brandied fruit and as usual, would take my readers through the journey with me. *I apologize now for the lack of photos and actually making the stuff I’m writing about. Shortly after I wrote this… Continue reading The Definitive Guide to Brandied Fruit
Wow. Just, wow… what a book. Imbibe! by David Wondrich is the winner of the James Beard Award and generally considered one of the most in depth cocktail books available and for very good reason. The amount of research, work, and passion that went into this project is evident in every single page and it makes… Continue reading Imbibe: A Book Review
A month or two ago I had the opportunity to bartend for a private party for the first time and one of the drinks I planned to make was a French 75, in order to showcase our Dispatch Gin. Being new to the whole ‘private party’ thing, I was a little worried about how much… Continue reading The Champagne Cocktail
I have a confession to make… I’ve never had EggNog. I know! I’m sure you gasped audibly. For whatever reason, we just never had it growing up, probably because my parents didn’t really drink and if you aren’t buying it to put alcohol in it, then you probably aren’t getting it at all. By the… Continue reading Getting in the Christmas Spirit
I recently had the pleasure of discovering that there are some changes coming in my life… specifically about 300 bottles worth of Whiskey related changes. The distillery I work at is changing it’s licencing and we are to begin carrying the largest selection of whiskey in Arizona. While I am so so excited about this, it… Continue reading Scotch for BEGINNERS
As with most classic cocktails, there is some contention regarding the proper way to make an Old Fashioned Cocktail. I usually attribute this level of disagreement to the fact that the Old Fashioned and many other classics have their origins in the 1800’s… specifically, Mr. Boston’s bar book traces the Old Fashioned back to 1806. I… Continue reading The Old Fashioned Cocktail: Clearing it all up.
To say that this book was not what I expected would be a grave understatement. I think it ought to have tipped me off that the reviews on the jacket were all from professors and Mexican authors, rather than other bar/cocktail connoisseurs. So, too, should I have paid more attention to the author, Marie Sarita… Continue reading Book Review- Tequila: Distilling the Spirit of Mexico