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Bourbon & Birch

Another Mixology Monday is upon us, with the topic being Bourbon and our host being Scofflaw’s Den. When I think of bourbon, I sometimes reminisce about the perception it has compared to Canadian whiskies. Bourbon is bold, fiery and strong; Canadian whiskies are light, easy going and smooth. Obviously this isn’t going to apply to all whiskies from either category, but a lot of people on both sides of the border, have this idea stuck […]

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Grand Dukes Nectar

Here is another old cocktail (fancy drink), circa 1873, that is named after Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia. The drink comes from an article published in the New Orleans Daily Picayune (1873 and was created by Mr. E.F. Barry, a bartender at the Everett House hotel in uptown New York. You may remember Mr. Barry as one of the compounders of the Moral Suassion. He created the drink for the Grand Duke, when he […]

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The Filby Redux

I’m not sure who decides these things, but today (June 11th) is World Gin Day. So what does one do on a day that celebrates gin? I’d hazard a guess that we’d enjoy a gin cocktail. The obvious choices are the Negroni or Martini, but may I suggest The Filby? Yes, I’ve written about this cocktail before, but that was prior to having some very interesting information given to me about the people who created […]

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Red Red Kroovy

A fan of Anthony Burgess, Stanley Kubrick or possibly Rob Zombie may understand the name of this cocktail, but for the unenlightened, the phrase “red red kroovy” comes from the book/movie “A Clockwork Orange”. It is used by the main character, Alex, to describe blood in the fictional Nadsat language. The phrase was subsequently used in the chorus of Rob Zombie’s song “Never Gonna Stop” and as the songs sub/alternate title. Intriguing history, interesting name, […]

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Hurricane Cocktail

This is a classic cocktail that is fruity and strong with the two-star ingredients being rum and passion fruit. With other fruit juices added, this drink comes out like a type of fruit punch, with a big alcohol kick. It is believed that the drink was first created in 1939 at the Hurricane Bar in New York, but was made famous by Pat O’Brien in New Orleans. If you are in the mood for something […]

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Lychee Fruit Cocktail

Lychee fruit in drinks has been around for a while and it still seems to be a good ingredient to use in a cocktail, not the “flash in the pan” most people thought it would be. The Lychee Martini is a little passe, just because it isn’t very complex. Sure, it was interesting because so many North Americans haven’t tried lychee’s (sometimes spelled litchi). I once knew a girl who hated lychee’s because it reminded […]

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Bellini & Mimosa

After a New Years Eve party and all the drinking and champagne, the following morning can be a little rough. Even if it was a quiet, stay at home night, you should at least bring in the new year with a drink and a toast. For both reasons, the post-party and New Year’s day toast, champagne or sparkling wine is the way to go. The leftover champagne can be used to make a Mimosa or […]

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Red Moon Cocktail

There are some classic cocktails that use bitters as a key ingredient, the Negroni being a primary example. The problem is with the modern North American palate and its fixation on sugar laden drinks. Sweet, salt and sour seem to be fine but most North Americans shun bitter flavours. There is a small, but growing, minority that does enjoy bitter flavours, and I’m a card-carrying member. But, it took me some time to get to […]

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Beachcomber’s Rum Barrel

As other cocktail bloggers begin writing about the approaching spring and hay fever, I’m still stuck in the great white north deep freeze. It’s warmed up a good five degree’s since my last post, so, with the wind chill, it’s a balmy -19. Even though I don’t mind that temperature, as long as it is sunny, I still feel that this has been a long winter. Maybe it’s the one year old that requires a […]

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Green Swizzle

The most common references you will see about the Green Swizzle, are the recipe that incorporates creme de menthe, or the quote from The Rummy Affair of Old Biffy. It has been said, many times, that the creme de menthe version is not the original recipe and that the original has been lost in history or that it never existed. These two statements I do not agree with, and I’ve managed to dig up a number […]