The Daiquiri

How to make a delicious Daiquiri at home. Recipe, background, variations and ingredients. A classic and terrific summer drink.

Negroni Cocktail

Depending on which origin story you believe, the Negroni Cocktail is either just over or just under 100 years old. Either way, it is a popular classic drink with a definitive recipe and numerous enjoyable variations. Lower in alcohol content than a typical short drink, it is excellent as an aperitif or to wash down […]

Tom Collins Cocktail

The Tom Collins Cocktail dates from the mid-1800s with a relatively consistent recipe format. Depending on the granularity of your distinctions, it is sometimes classified as a highball, meaning that the alcohol is a less dominant ingredient. Thus one can drink it rather than sip it, especially since it tastes much like lemonade. Great on […]

The Martini

Though one of the most popular and well-known cocktails of all time, what passes for a Martini has evolved considerably. Unlike with other classic cocktails, identifying a preferred recipe for the Martini involves not only ratios and garnishes but even the primary liquors. Consequently, knowledge of a few variations is essential to satisfying your guests. […]

The Manhattan Cocktail

The Manhattan Cocktail is one of the most recognized cocktail names, with a recipe that has remained largely stable for a hundred years. It is a strong drink – too strong for those who primarily drink wine and beer – and it amplifies rather than softens the flavor of the whiskey that is its base. […]

Mexican Firing Squad

I ran across the Mexican Firing Squad while perusing a few cocktail blogs and was surprised I hadn’t heard of it earlier. Apparently, it’s a classic, having appeared in Charles H. Baker Jr’s Gentleman’s Companion, Volume II first printed in 1946. He discovered the drink at the La Cucaracha Bar in Mexico City in 1937. I don’t […]

Mai Tai Time

If you’re like me, Mai Tais are a treat enjoyed only when dining at a Polynesian or Chinese restaurant. Those Mai Tais, as you would expect from the establishment where they are made, are generally laced with overpowering Mai Tai or sweet and sour mix. Great Mai Tais need no such help to make them […]

Daiquiri

[Note: for our one-stop-shop of Martini preparation info, check out our Classic Daiquiri post] After I wrote the post on the Whiskey Sour, and having learned a bit more about the Sour family, I decided to dive into the Daiquiri. It’s a classic cocktail, of course, invented early in the 20th century. The Daiquiri is […]

Whiskey Sour

There are five distinct components of the sense of taste: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and savory. The cocktail repertoire covers all of these in various ways. Today we’re going to talk about sours and, in particular, the Whiskey sour. The Sour family is actually slightly misnamed, since the drinks generally include a sweetener to offset […]

Cocktail a la Louisiane – The Best Classic Drink You’ve Never Heard Of

This drink is more commonly known as the a la Louisiane or just la Louisiane these days. That is, of course, if you can find a bartender who has even heard of it. When a friend recently took me to Tavern Road, the terrific craft bar in Boston, the bartender suggested I try this based […]