Tiki 101: Understanding & Undertaking the Cult

When I first started getting into cocktails, Tiki drinks were a curiosity. I would see Greg from How to Drink ditch his plaid & apron for a Hawaiian shirt & eschew citrus zests for orchids, all while waxing poetically about complicated concoctions with rum, juices, & a multitude of other ingredients for which I had […]

Cocktail: The Old Fashioned

Sugar, Water, Spirit, Bitters That’s the formula for what many people consider the original cocktail – The Old Fashioned. That’s what we’re taking a look at to celebrate World Old Fashioned Week. Before the mid-1800’s, alcohol consumption was mostly split into two categories – locally made alcohol, from the local tavern or from one’s own […]

Halloween Cocktail: The Frankenstein’s Monster

Halloween… Alcohol goes with it almost as well as candy, & there’s plenty of easy ways to elevate your All Saint’s Eve sipping: The White Lady, a bright & tart, yet silky smooth mixture of Gin, Lemon, Dry Triple Sec, & Egg White, inspired by the ghostly figures of European folklore. There’s the Corpse Reviver […]

Review: Smith & Cross

90% Cleaning & 10% paperwork. That’s the old joke about what life is actually like in a brewery. & since fermenting the distillate is basically the same as brewing beer, the same holds true for a distillery. Generally, fermentation takes place in large, stainless steel tanks with complex systems of pumps & valves. The cleaning […]

What is Orange Liqueur?

From the Margarita to the most obscure tiki recipes, Orange Liqueur is one of the most ubiquitous non-base cocktail ingredients. It has a variety of uses, but most often it’s used to add a mellow, understated natural sweetness with a hint of orange essence. So what is it? Well, let’s start with liqueur – sweetened […]

Review: Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2009

Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2009Single Malt Scotch Whisky Bruichladdich, one of the lesser known distilleries on the Isle of Islay, Scotland, differentiates itself by shredding conventions & focusing on the craft of distilling though multiple brands, experimental series, & a commitment to quality. The Islay Barley line is a showcase of the terroir of Islay with […]