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. […]

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 […]

Four Need-to-Know Margaritas

There are about 42,000 margarita recipes out there and that doesn’t even count the frozen varieties or the ones you can buy pre-made in a jug at the grocery store. While many of these are tasty, like our own Pomegranate Margarita and Ginger Margarita, most are no better than drinking a glass of spiked Kool-Aid […]

Ginger Margarita

Caramba! This is a good one. It is adapted from the recipe booklet that comes with the Domaine de Canton, and if you like a marg you will enjoy this cocktail. At first sniff and sip, I thought it might be another “too much Mezcal” drink, but no. And now I’m wishing I had made […]

The New Orange

It is fairly widely known that the southern tip of Manhattan was originally settled by the Dutch and was called New Amsterdam. What is not as well known – and I certainly did not know it until I did the research for naming this cocktail – is that it was also known briefly as “New […]

Robert’s Revenge

Bob and Micki had another gathering where I tried some recipes using the Peruvian bitters (shown in first photo) Bob brought back from his most recent trip there, truly risking life and limb for the cause of mixology. We tried several recipes in fast succession, using the handy 2.5 oz mini glasses that Will bought […]

Margarita

As Will points out, a true classic Margarita won’t taste like what you get in the average bar, because they often use sour mix or even Margarita mix to save time. And those mixes, among other differences, are sweeter than the straight ingredients. Here is how you actually make a Margarita. Prep by putting a […]

Pomegranate Margarita

You know how it is when you walk into a run-of-the-mill bar and ask for a margarita on the rocks? Odds are you’ll get some sickly sweet drink that’ll knock your head back and will taste more synthetic than anything else. That’s because the primary ingredient used by bartenders in such drinks is sweet and sour mix […]

Table Scraps #1

Sometimes you’re at a friend’s house, it’s cocktail hour, and all he or she has in the back of a bottom kitchen cabinet is the most random collection of liquor you’ve ever seen. You should view this not as a disappointing debacle, but rather as an opportunity to practice your skills. I have this evening […]

Sidecar

I’ve been working my way through a few of the IBA standard cocktails, and I know the Sidecar is a classic. It can be mixed with our starter bar ingredients. Unfortunately it has the same problem as the White Lady, which is that it is too lemon-tart for my taste. I will try it again […]