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 …

Fixing the Foam

Fixing the Foam  Confession… as a former bartender and college student, I’ve tapped many kegs in my time but never really understood what I was doing and when trouble happened, it was usually one of my employers who fixed it. By the end of my time as a bartender I …

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 …