by Caroline O’Neil While Darcy was away at Tales of the Cocktail, I usurped his website and posted a couple of articles. Well, I am back by popular demand since many people suggested that I continue to do a guest blog posting. I figured that some people wanted a bit of a girly flare to Darcy’s fine cocktails. Now before […]
In the cocktail world, there are lots of trends. Right now the classic cocktail seems to be on the rise and the martini craze is slowly slipping into obscurity, thankfully. I hate when people come to the bar and ask: “What kind of martini’s do you have?” I have two, gin or vodka. Usually, I’ll guide people away from the […]
Since I acquired a bottle or Luxardo Maraschino, in New Orleans, I’ve been on a mission to make some of the key classic cocktails that I’ve been missing out on. This is partly to see what the classics tasted like and also to fill out my resume as a knowledgeable bartender. I like to think of bartenders as “liquid chefs”, […]
The class of drinks called “sours” are pretty standard. The general recipe is a spirit, lemon/lime, sugar, egg white and sometimes bitters. The Whisky Sour is a classic sour, which is probably the most commonly ordered in North America. But you can have a brandy sour, a Midori sour or a Pisco Sour. Pisco is the national spirit of Chile […]
Before James Bond latched onto the Martini, the Vesper was his cocktail of choice.
This may be the quintessential classic cocktail. Strong, simple and elegant, the Martini is timeless.
It seems that the cold and flu season is now upon us. It appears that the Hot Toddy is in order. The Hot Toddy originated in Scotland and is a mixed drink that is served hot. Now I made this one for the big baby. The little baby is stuck with some TLC. The Hot Toddy contains three key ingredients […]
Here is a drink that produces an image of a hard-nosed cocktail that will put hair on your chest. Even the word "cocktail" doesn’t seem to go with the Rusty Nail. The drink hearkens back to the day when men were men and dogs slept in the garage. After a hard day of work, the man of the house needed […]
Now that David Wondrich has made the punch bowl popular again, with his new book Punch, I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and post a few holiday punch recipes I discovered in Baltimore Sun article from 1898. Actually, I found them while looking up eggnog recipes, but since they were in the article, I decided to share them with […]
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 […]
Another month, another Mixology Monday. This round is all about Fizz and is being hosted by Gabriel over at Cocktailnerd, so go check it out and see what other fizzy drinks you can imbibe. This topic can be about anything that is fizzy which includes sparkling wine-based cocktails or plain old vodka soda’s. For this edition, I’m going to look […]
Another month, another Mixology Monday. This one is being hosted by Marleigh at Sloshed! As usual I waited until the last minute before writing, and as I write this I haven’t even decided what I’m going to write about! Obviously the topic is brandy, so that helps to narrow it down. The first thing that comes to mind is the […]