In Good Spirits – Featured Craft Cocktail

Believe it or not, one thing I often crave on a winter cocktail menu is a bright, refreshing drink. I do enjoy winter cocktails that are strong and heavy with winter spices. However, I feel strongly that a successful cocktail menu should have a drink for everyone. That includes all …

Rusty Nail – Featured Classic Cocktail

To start the New Year off right I’m featuring the Rusty Nail as my classic cocktail. According to cocktail historian David Wondrich, this concoction dates back to 1937 and is credited to one F. Benniman. Wondrich also states that it’s supposedly named after the British Industries Fair. Nonetheless, the Rusty …

Winter Warmer – Featured Craft Cocktail

In the world of hot craft cocktails we often see tea, coffee, cider, etc. However, my favorite this time of year is cranberry.  This months featured craft cocktail is a hot cranberry drink called the Winter Warmer. I created this cocktail about 10 years ago while bartending in Portland, Oregon …

Everyone Loves Lists – The First Top 5

It’s that time of the year when we make a couple of lists and check them twice.  This won’t be like David Letterman’s Top 10, more like Five & Five.  Five things that inspired us about this past year and five trends we hope either continue into 2015 or simply …

Blue Blazer – Featured Classic Cocktail

Now that winter is here and the weather has shifted it’s time for hot cocktails. For this reason, the classic cocktail feature this month is the Blue Blazer. This drink was made famous by Jerry Thomas who is credited with being America’s first great Mixologist. His reign was during the Gold …

Bourbon Bramble – Featured Craft Cocktail

Bourbon Bramble Our craft cocktail feature for this month is a Bourbon Bramble. This is a riff off the classic Bramble cocktail. Or more accurately, it’s a marriage between a Whiskey Sour and the Bramble. Much like a proper Whiskey Sour or Bramble, the key to making this cocktail shine …

The Bramble – Featured Cocktail

The Bramble This month The Bramble is our featured classic cocktail. The Bramble was created in the mid- 1980’s by Dick Bradsell at Fred’s Club in Soho, London. Typically, Classic Cocktails date back to prohibition era. However, the Bramble became so popular worldwide it is now an entire classification of beverage. …

Bluegrass Punch – Featured Cocktail

BLUEGRASS PUNCH The Bluegrass Punch is a cocktail I’ve had a ton of success with. I’ve served it as a single cocktail or I’ve made it in batches for 1,000 people. Either way, the Bluegrass Punch is always a crowd pleaser. I use Old Forester 86 for the base because …

Hendrick’s Hot Gin Punch – Featured Cocktail

Hendrick’s Hot Gin Punch Every month I choose one classic and one contemporary cocktail to showcase. This month I’m focusing on Punch. Punch cocktails are classic by their very nature. Many Prohibition era cocktails were served in Punch style. For this reason, instead of choosing one classic and one contemporary, …