When the season gets busy making cocktail can complicate things, this is a perfect time to make a fantastic punch to free up some time.
This cocktail has similarities to a number of drinks, but it is the refreshing lime, combined with salt, that makes this cocktail an all-time classic.
Some days I like an ice cold beer. It is easy to make, especially when it is a twist top. Most of the beer I stock is microbrew because I like flavour. After I had come home today, I went to the fridge and popped the top off of a J.R. Brickman Pilsner and headed to the computer to read my email, news and the usual list of cocktail blogs I frequent. Then it occurred […]
Once a proprietary “medicine” once sold as “Seabury’s Union Bitters” that would be found “grateful and comforting” in all cases where manhood needs to be restored, or where men have lost their self-respect and interest in each other’s welfare. This is pretty typical marketing for these types of “medicine” in the 1800s. Some historical documents claim it was to be “put up in the best Bourbon Whiskey”. Union Bitters Recipe: Gentian 120 g Peruvian Bark […]
Possibly of Canadian origin from the 1875 to 1885 time period. Royal Bitters Recipe: Fennel 6 oz Coriander 6 oz Cloves 6 oz Cassia Cinnamon 6 oz Bitter Orange Peel 1¼ lbs Lemon Peel 1¼ lbs Calisaya Bark 1½ lbs Peppermint Leaves 2 lbs Balm Leaves 2½ lbs Instructions To make Ivan Bitters take 60 ml (2 oz) of the bitter essence and mix with 1.75 litres of 40% alcohol and 230 ml of simple syrup.
A Latvian specialty bitter / liqueur. It is considered to be a good cold remedy and is used to treat digestive problems. Riga Balsam Recipe: Oil of Mustard Seed 1 tsp Oil of Thyme, red 2 oz Oil of Marjoram 1 oz Oil of Lovage 2 oz Lemon Oil 2 oz Oil of Elecampane 8 oz Saffron Tincture 2 oz Instructions Take 1 ounce of the oil mixture and dilute with 1 pint of 57% alcohol. Take one […]
If Canada were to be defined by one cocktail, this would be it.
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 birthplace 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 potential, but aside from this one particular week, most visitors to New Orleans are looking for […]
Cocktails that have been around for over 100 years are popular because they are well balanced, complex and enjoyable. The Singapore Sling is one of those cocktails.
A recipe created by Chuck Taggart that was inspired by the flavour of old bottles of Abbott’s Bitters. Taggart’s Bitters Recipe: Gentian Root 1 tbls Cinchona Bark ½ tsp Quassia Bark 2 tsp Ginger Root 1 tbls Cardamom Seed, whole 2 tsp Cardamom Seed, crushed 2 tsp Cinnamon Bark 1½ tbls Cloves 2½ tbls Allspice 2 tsp Nutmeg ½ tsp Mace, crushed 1 tsp Orange Peel, fresh 3 oz Kola Nut 1 tsp Rye Whiskey […]