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 […]
A detailed guide on how to make regular and flavored simple syrup at home. Easy instructions, preparation and storage tips.
Tiki is dead. Long live Tiki. Like many great cocktail genres, Tiki virtually died in the 70’s during the great vodka onslaught. It was the era when we gave up the taste of alcohol in favor of the tastes of what we could quickly mix with it. When getting drunk was more important than enjoying […]
A great video on how to use ice to chill the cocktails you make at home and the importance of melting ice as part of good cocktail recipes.
We answer the age-old question that every home bartender wants to know
The other day, Dave sent me a note about a new method he had come up with to juice fruit. While I’m sure I said something nice about his idea in response, I told him that I didn’t know how it could possibly be better than using a good, store-bought fruit juicer (here’s our favorite fruit […]
Will has posted numerous times on infusions and I have to say I was nervous to try it myself. It seemed like a big production. Then I realized I mainly didn’t want to blow a whole bottle of liquor on some science experiment, and the epiphany followed that I did not have to. Instead, I […]
Note: This is the second part of a series on aging cocktails in oak barrels. You can find the first part here. A few months ago, I started the process of aging cocktails in barrels. That’s not just the spirits themselves, but the entire mixed cocktail. Let me just cut to the conclusion here – […]
Lately I’ve been posting most of my cocktail activities on Twitter – you can find out what’s going on by searching for #consumatorium. And I encourage all of you to use the same hashtag to post your own adventures! I’ve been mostly playing with the three-ingredient improvised cocktail. It’s really enjoyable and a great way […]
If you’re still using store bought Maraschino cherries – those unreally bright red, sickly-sweet ones that you used to enjoy with your Shirley Temple when you were a kid – you need to read this article about how much high fructose corn syrup and red dye #4 is trashing your Manhattan. Don’t get me wrong, […]