Featured Craft Cocktail – Strong Hold

Strong Hold The Strong Hold Cocktail has been my go-to all summer. All of my favorite expressions of a balanced cocktail are showcased in this drink. The bonded rye whiskey is spicy and rich while the Aperol softens the heat with bitter sweet rhubarb. Then, the sweet is countered by …

Featured Classic Cocktail – Whiskey Sour

Whiskey Sour   The Whiskey Sour is a well-known classic cocktail containing whiskey, lemon juice and sugar. Often, craft bars add a touch of egg white for texture. It is shaken and served either straight or on the rock. With the addition of egg white, I prefer it straight to …

Featured Craft Cocktail – Fresh Start

The Fresh Start cocktail was originally inspired by the well-known Mojito. When creating this cocktail I wanted to showcase the versatility of Silver tequila in a way everyone could enjoy. It’s a perfect marriage between Tiki and Tequila. I use Silver Tequila in this cocktail for a couple reasons. Silver …

Featured Classic Cocktail – The Paloma

My choice for this month’s Classic cocktail is the most popular Tequila concoction in Mexico, the Paloma. Though little is known of its history, La Paloma translates to “The Dove” which is a popular folk song composed in the early 1860s. Expressive Blanco Tequila is the foundation for this cocktail. …

Independence from History? That Doesn’t Rhyme.

We normally try to coordinate the theme of this blog with the delicious recipes our Cocktail Ambassador features on these pages every month, but in traditional fashion, other things than the perfectly measured ingredients inspired us. As much as we love a good Paloma, the combination of Tiki and Tequila …

The Tea Party, the Sugar Act, and a Daiquiri?

One of these things is not like the other, and trust us when we say this has nothing to do with current day politics or congressional primaries. But it is most certainly about American history and the events that shaped the drinking culture of this country, i.e. why we drink …

The Mayan: Featured Craft Cocktail

The Mayan For this month’s contemporary cocktail we choose to feature the winning cocktail from the GLWAS cocktail competition. The winning group consists of Bryan Smith, Jessica Mellon, Nikki Pollock, and Kim Kurzawa. Bryan shared with me their thoughts when crafting this tasty drink:  “Originally, I wanted to create a …

Featured Classic Cocktail: The Mai Tai

Mai Tai  Now that spring is finally here and summer approaches I have a taste for Tiki! The focus of this month’s classic cocktail is the legendary Mai Tai. The name “Mai Tai” comes from the Tahitian word Maita’i which mean “good”. This tasty concoction was invented in 1944 at …

Flowers, Chocolate and… Wormwood?

Flowers, Chocolate and… Wormwood?   February is that one month of the year when we are often reminded that we take things for granted.  You didn’t spend enough time outside last summer when it was sunny and 80 degrees, did you?  Your New Years’ resolutions that were set in stone …

Featured Classic Cocktail – The Americano

AMERICANO COCKTAIL The Americano is one of the simplest cocktails with the most complex taste. This cocktail is composed of Campari, sweet vermouth, and club soda. It was created by Gaspare Campari in the 1860s. The original name for this drink was “Milano-Torino” because of its ingredients. Campari is from …