The problem with cocktails, like the Aviation, is that they require ingredients that maybe hard to find, well at least if they are to be done properly. Of course when I make a cocktail, I want it done properly, so I am constantly on the look out for ingredients that are not in my inventory.… [Continue]
Having a good name for a cocktail is essential, especially if you want to get it into a bar or publication. Part of the fun, if you can call it that, is creating a name with a meaning. The problem with that is people just don't get the connections and then the name gets lost to time.Well the Internet has fixed that, so creatively is a must. Here is an example of how I named a recent accidental… [Continue]
The Dawn of Tiki?
When you think Tiki, you think tropical drinks from exotic locations like Polynesia, and people such as Donn the Beachcomber. You may also know that the tiki fad didn't begin until 1934. So, if Don the Beachcomber started the tiki fad, what were his influences? Obviously, the Caribbean and south pacific were big influences, but what exactly were these people drinking in those countries,… [Continue]
Maraschino & Cocktail Cherries
As much as the maraschino cherry is reviled by professional bartenders, it is lovingly embraced by the consumers of sundaes and artificially flavoured fruit “martinis”. Why do people love the artificial variety? Aside from the brilliant red colour, the cherries remain plump like a cherry should be, and not shriveled like the head of a 105 year old person. Oddly, a portion of my part-time… [Continue]
Method of Preserving Fresh Cherries
Patent 4298623 Issued on November 3, 1981. Estimated Expiration Date: December 14, 1999.
This invention relates to the processing of cherries, and more particularly to a method of processing fresh uncooked cherries in such amanner as to render the cherries storable. The invention further concerns a method of processing cherries which have been stored in the manner contemplated… [Continue]