Cinco de Mayo Tequila Primer

Want to show off your extensive knowledge of tequila to all your drinking buddies on Cinco de Mayo? As always, we’re here to help. Check out the infographic below while you sit back and enjoy a glass of Extra Añejo Tequila (100% blue agave only!). Then engage in a discussion of whether the spirit is best on its own or in a fantastic cocktail. For reference, make one of our Cinco de Mayo cocktails to test your hypothesis.

Tequila info for Cinco de Mayo
Source: Fix.com Blog

Consumatorium Reviews: Craft Bars in Budapest, Hungary

During our recent, very brief stop in Budapest, Hungary, we found the craft bar scene surprisingly good, but we were disappointed to find out that during our Sunday/Monday visit to the city, several of the best bars were closed. Undaunted, we found a couple of interesting cocktail purveyors and another that’s not only worth mentioning, but we urge our readers to try first before visiting the others, even though it was closed while we were there.

Ruin Bars, Budapest

Our first stop was at a Ruin Bar. These are bars that form in back alleys, abandoned stores, warehouses and open lots, usually with some outdoor exposure. They are in the old Jewish Quarter, most of which was left in terrible shape after WWII. The bars are full of paintings and graphics from local artists and there is often some entertainment as well. The “furniture” is a hodgepodge of whatever anyone had at the time the bar was set up. Old sofas, lawn chairs and stools.  It’s not clear whether or not these bars are legally where they are, but no one seems to care. The bartenders pour beer and a variety of cool, unique cocktails.

We stumbled into one, Anker’t, while looking for a craft cocktail place we had heard about. While the cocktail list wasn’t particularly impressive, the bartenders were there to please. Definitely worth a visit even if just for the experience.

As I already mentioned, in Budapest, many of the better drinking establishments are closed on Sunday nights (and even Mondays) . While we generally find that bars in hotels leave us wanting, when everything else is closed, the hotel bars are almost always open. We found several references to the good cocktails at the Blue Fox in the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest on the Pest side of the river and headed there for our first full craft cocktail experience in the city.

The selection of spirits was quite good and the list of cocktails included the classics and many unique drinks. I had a smokey Sazerac – a Saz made in a vessel with smoked birch wood. It was a bit overpowering, but quite good.

Smoked CocktailThe one we missed may be the best one in town, Boutiq ‘Bar. It is truly a hole in the wall. We walked by it three times before we saw it and then only because someone pointed us to it from a block away. We knocked on the big iron door an the owner came out. He was very apologetic and told us they were closed, begging us to come back again. We had a brief look in and took a look at the menu, which was fantastic. while we missed it, we definitely recommend it as your first cocktail stop while in Budapest.

 

Consumatorium Reviews: Craft Bars in Scottsdale, Arizona

Virtù - Scottsdale

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Making Your Own Grenadine

Grenadine Containers

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Consumatorium Reviews: Craft Bars in Berlin, Germany

Windhorst Bar, Berlin, Germany

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Fig-Infused Bourbon

Fig-Infused Bourbon

As we've discussed before, infusing your booze seems intimidating and maybe even difficult. Trust me when I tell you it's not. I know from personal experience - I'm inherently lazy, after all. To prove it to you, one of my drinks is named Apathy, and … [Continue reading]

Simple Syrup – The Step-by-Step Guide

Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is, perhaps, the most basic and commonly used syrup employed in making craft cocktails. It adds the touch of sweetness that helps create balance and depth in the taste of many drinks. While you may see recipes that list synthetic "sweet … [Continue reading]

Guest Post from a Pro: Strong International Specialty Spirits

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Aviation Cocktail

Aviation Cocktail

The Aviation is unusual among classic cocktails in that it is probably more popular today than it was in the golden age. Its distinctive pale blue color along with a rich red cherry make it a feast for the eyes, and a floral aroma stimulates the … [Continue reading]

The Zombie Cocktail – The Original Tiki Drink

Zombie

The Zombie Cocktail is the drink that started the whole Tiki craze. As discussed in our Intro to Tiki Drinks, Donn Beach, the man responsible for brightening our civilization with faux-Polynesian concoctions, created the drink with his vision of what … [Continue reading]