What is Lillet Blanc? Lillet Blanc (pronounced Lee-Lay) is an aperitif from the Bordeaux region of France that was created in 1887 as a tonic for whatever ailed you. It comes in white or red versions, the red version being created in the 1960s, and is in the same family as vermouth, but it has subtle differences. The formula for […]
Here is a drink that has 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 since it is only two ingredients. Non-drinkers will have you believe this drink hearkens back to the day when men were men and dogs slept in the garage. After […]
My career path has been interesting to say the least. In retrospect it seems to have worked out okay and here’s an example of how my chemistry experience has melded with the world of drinks. Chemistry World is a science magazine that catalogues the latest discoveries in science by the top scientists from around the world. As serious as that […]
A simple highball that is easy drinking, but still interesting. The spicy character of real rye whisky compliments the spiciness of the ginger. It was like they were made for one another.
Mixing ingredients together is easy, but when you get that magical combination you need a catchy name to tell the world how great it is, but sometimes a unique name can be the hardest part of the cocktail.
Oh yay, another post on the Monkey Gland is what a lot of people might be saying. Sure, it’s been a topic of interest among bloggers and the Cocktail Brain Trust™ for the past few years. Most reviews are glowing, kind of like Canadians over President Obama (circa 2009). Personally, I suspect a lot of people like the cocktail because […]
There are many great cocktails littered throughout history, like the Manhattan and the Daiquiri, but some of the greats are forgotten and should be remembered. The Moral Suasion is one of them.
The Mai Tai is an often misunderstood cocktail. Many people think this is a tropical fruit juice cocktail, but really, it is a strong rum-based drink. The confusion comes from a hotel in Hawaii that modified the original formula in the 1950s and added pineapple juice—sometimes called a Hawaiian Mai Tai—then someone added guava and orange juice, and eventually, the drink […]
The idea of being stranded on a tropical island with another attractive person gives people visions of paradise. It also inspired a cocktail that reflects the colour of the blue lagoon paradise.
Making drinks at a bar or for a large group of people can use up a lot of time, so mixing up a sour mix can speed things up. There is no need to buy powdered mix, with this recipe you can mix your own.
The classic three-ingredient Daiquiri is fantastic, but if you want to mix it up and a touch of summer freshness the Strawberry Daiquiri is the way to go as long as you make it properly.
The Gin and Tonic is a highball that seems to meet the classic definition of a cocktail, in a loosely defined way. A cocktail in the 1800s was the combination of a spirit, sugar and bitters plus a diluent for the weak part. In a Gin and Tonic, you have gin, which is, of course, the spirit part of the […]