Cocktails

Last year I drank Sazerac’s, this year it seemed Vieux Carré’s were my drink of choice. New Orleans has such an interesting history, especially as the birth place of the cocktail. But, finding a good cocktail in New Orleans can be a task. Forget Bourbon Street, except for a rare few establishments. Some other places in the French Quarter offer

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Ingredient

This particular cocktail ingredient has had a significant amount of discussion in the old blogosphere. Many of the cocktail luminaries, if there is such a thing, have researched the origins of this flavoured syrup from the Barbados. None more than Ted “Dr. Cocktail” Haigh. In a now defunct Martini Republic post, the good Doctor made a couple of statements about

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Bitters

A bitters recipe that currently doesn’t have a detailed history. Hunt Bitters Recipe: Mace 4 oz Cinnamon 4 oz Tonka Bean 8 oz Calamus Root 8 oz Star Anise 1 lb Peppermint Leaves 7½ lbs Instructions To make the Hartz Aromatic Bitters from the above essence, take 1 oz of essence and combine it with 1700 ml of 25% alcohol,

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Whisky

This is one of those spirits that either gets rave reviews or boo’s and hisses. Some people think that the price point of Blue Label is a rip off, while others see that it represents something more than just the liquid in the bottle. It is true that Johnnie Walker Blue Label is a blended scotch, which automatically nix’s this

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Cocktails

It’s that time of year when we are assaulted with a new block-buster movie every weekend until the end of the summer. Many of the movies will be a waste of time because they lack character development or the story is covered up by special effects. But, there is one decent movie coming out, with a really well-developed character, and

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Cocktails

No discussion on cocktails is complete without discussing the Singapore Sling. The history of the Singapore Sling was thoroughly documented by Mr. Ted “Dr. Cocktail” Haigh in the Journal of Mixology (a book in which I also contributed an article). However, this post is going to deal with flavour and why the Singapore Sling is a great example of a

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Cordial

What is Triple Sec? Triple Sec is an orange flavoured liqueur produced from the bitter peel of the Laraha orange. The Laraha is the Valencia orange which was transplanted to Curaçao, but because of the soil and climate condition the orange developed into an inedible fruit due to the bitterness. The peel of the Seville orange is also used in the

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Ingredient

What is simple syrup? As the name states, simple syrup is pretty simple. However, it is a crucial part of cocktails and without a standard syrup, many cocktails can become cloyingly sweet or unbalanced. In the Mixologist: The Journal of the American Cocktail, I wrote an in-depth article on how to make a simple syrup and some background information on

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Soda

The Internet is quickly becoming the place for highbrow cocktail culture. As a group discussions on the use of rare ingredients, which most bartenders have never heard of, or the nuances of a cocktail created in 1933 is not uncommon and may be the norm. So, very rarely are discussions of basic drinks brought up. Part of the goal of

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Blog Post

The online version of Jerry Thomas’ bartender guide is being updated and will be online soon. Thanks for your patience.

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