About Will Herman

I don't know what it takes to become a professional mixologist, but I'm going to night school at my own home bar to achieve that status. For now, I'm an amateur cocktail creator who enjoys learning about new drinks and rediscovering the classics.

The Plane Margarita – An Old Family Frozen Margarita Recipe

About 25 years ago, while on a flight returning from a business trip to Mexico City, I was having the usual get-to-know-you, pre-flight conversation with my seat mate on the plane. At some point, I mentioned the fact that I really didn’t know how to make a real margarita. I told him I thought that […]

Consumatorium Reviews: New York City Craft Cocktail Bars – Dutch Kills and BlackTail

The best New York City craft cocktail bars. In this episode, Dutch Kills in Queens and Blacktail in lower Manhattan.

Making a Real Brooklyn Cocktail with Amer Picon

  Walking into any decent cocktail bar and ordering a Brooklyn Cocktail with Amer Picon will almost assuredly elicit a sad story about the dilution and final death of Amer Picon and how the bartender has spent years trying to create his or her own version of it. Amer Picon was, after all, an original and […]

Learning How to Make a Pisco Sour at the Gates of Machu Picchu

A lesson on how to make a Pisco Sour from a shaman bartender outside the gates of Machu Picchu.

Consumatorium Reviews: Orlando Craft Cocktail Bars

Recently, we found ourselves in Orlando, Florida and, as usual, set out on a mission to identify the best Orlando Craft Cocktail Bars. As it turns out, Orlando, like several other Florida cities we’ve visited, has a great craft cocktail scene. No, none of them are at Disney World, although a drunk Mickey would be […]

Winter Warmer Cocktail

  As the days are getting colder and the nights downright freezing, I wanted to create a drink that cut through the temperatures and warmed people up from the inside. It needed a whiskey base which I paired with our in-your-face Ginger Simple Syrup (you can find all our Simple Syrup recipes here) and added […]

Consumatorium Reviews: Cuban Cocktail Adventures

When most of us think of Cuba, we have a romantic mental image made up of scenes from the 1950s, perhaps including Al Pacino visiting on the eve of the revolution (Godfather reference). A place full of nightclubs, casinos and, of course, bars where cantineros (Cuban bartenders) threw Cuban cocktails between mixing glasses and poured from […]

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.

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 […]

Consumatorium Reviews: Craft Bars in Scottsdale, Arizona

The cocktail scene in Scottsdale is excellent. In addition to the fact that there are many craft cocktail bars, most of the bars also offer a happy hour where drinks are often considerably discounted. To our surprise, it isn’t only the well drinks (the drinks often made with lesser, cheaper ingredients) that get the lower […]

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