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 …

Featured Craft Cocktail – Orange Blossom Special

ORANGE BLOSSOM SPECIAL For this month’s featured craft cocktail we take a closer look at vermouth and its roll in craft cocktails. Historically, in cocktails, vermouth was used to cut the harsh flavors of unrefined spirits. Today, both spirits and liqueurs are superior to what they use to be. For …

Decanting: Is your carafe half full or half empty?

Although things like appellation boundaries and production rules are finite and not flexible (unless you are in Burgundy), the appreciation of wine, i.e. drinking & enjoying it, is entirely subjective. Wine Geek has read of or witnessed the entire spectrum of opinions and practices on this subject. His kitchen looks …

Featured Craft Cocktail – Skeleton Key

Skeleton Key   In celebration of Halloween, I revisited one of the most successful cocktails I’ve ever placed on a menu. Although the cocktail wasn’t originally inspired by Halloween the name as well as the appearance caters to both fall and Halloween. Last year the Skeleton Key was voted best …

Featured Classic Cocktail – Boulevardier

Boulevardier A cousin of the Negroni, the Boulevardier simply substitutes bourbon in place of gin with slightly different portions. This cocktail is from Harry McElhone’s 1927 Barflies and Cocktails. For years I’ve selected the Negroni cocktail as the perfect balance of bitter sweet. The Boulevardier is slightly more spirit forward …

If Bitter is Better, Why is Blended so Bad?

Yes that’s a really horrible use of an old grammatical technique to catch your attention: alliteration.  Use so many words that start with the same letter and the human eye is tricked into reading what is written below…or maybe it’s just a wicked tongue twister.  Either way, you’re reading this …

A Visit to Boston (Beer)

I enjoy traveling and seem to be doing more and more of it. Whether a trip is personal or business I always try and look for local beer.

Featured Craft Cocktail – Subtle Smoke

Subtle Smoke Subtle Smoke is a cocktail I created years ago in an attempt to get non-scotch drinkers drinking Scotch whisky. These types of drinks I refer to as Gateway Cocktails. I’ve way liked watching patrons enjoy spirits they normally don’t through tasty drinks. This Cocktail is essentially a gin …