Simple Syrup – The Step-by-Step Guide

A detailed guide on how to make regular and flavored simple syrup at home. Easy instructions, preparation and storage tips.

Intro to Tiki Drinks

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 […]

You’re as Cold as Ice . . .

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.

How Much Juice Comes From a Lime?

We answer the age-old question that every home bartender wants to know

How to Use a Fruit Juicer

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 […]

Easy Infusions and Sample Cocktails

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 […]

Barrel Aging Cocktails – Part II

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 – […]

1,001 Cocktail Ideas: Improvising with Three Ingredients

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 […]

Home Made Amaretto-Maraschino Cherries–Or Not

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, […]

Video: How to do an Absinthe Wash

Sometimes, you just want the essence of the spirit you’re using in a drink. If you’re just looking for the aromatics of a mixer or to keep a strong-tasting liqueur from overwhelming a drink, just a little goes a long way. Of course, you can just try to pour a 16th of an ounce of […]