Stocking Up

I recently changed residences, and my new home – which will not surprise anyone – has a really nice bar. I had allowed my liquor inventory to deplete prior to the move, in part because there would be less to move, but also because the additional space would allow me to buy more full-size bottles. […]

Triage

I invented this drink a couple of months ago, when I was experimenting again with Perfect Martini variations (see En Banc for another). I was trying to come up with something that those who disdain vermouth could enjoy, but without the sweetness of the En Banc. This cocktail was the result. At first I was […]

Cognitive Deficit

This cocktail recipe is courtesy of my long time friend and colleague Randy O’Reilly and his brother-in-law Dave Marr. It’s really flavorful and brings out the Chartreuse without being dominated by it. Also, a lot of cocktails with orange juice just taste like OJ + booze, but here it actually blends. I invented the name, […]

St. Germain, Lillet, Bianco: A Comparison

These are three liqueur/mixers that have some similarity in color and alcohol content. St Germain has become quite popular in the last few years, while Lillet Blanc’s claim to fame is its inclusion in the Vesper, a truly nasty beverage fictionally invented by James Bond. I put each in a shotglass, chilled it with an […]

Chrysanthemum Cocktail

I first had a Chrysanthemum at the Black Cat in Boulder. It’s an after-dinner cocktail that made a lovely dessert that Maureen and I shared. Why fill up on pastry carbs when you can have one of these? Black Cat made theirs with Bianco vermouth, which I plan to try soon enough, but I made […]