Sweet Vermouth – Adding Carpano Antica to the Mix

We’ve discussed several varieties of vermouth before on this blog, but in our undying commitment to trash our livers so you don’t have to, we’re going to go into a little more depth on Sweet Vermouths in this post. Sometimes called “Italian” or “Rosso” vermouths, they are red (thus, rosso) and sweeter than other types […]

Williamsburg Cocktail

It’s “spring” in Colorado, which means “winter every other week.” Just as some have been pulling their warm-weather clothes out of the closet, I’ve recently made a few warm weather cocktails, like the Negroni and the Scotch and Soda. But tonight we’re expecting a foot of snow and it’s blustery outside, so I’m back to […]

Bar Essentials – Vermouth

In a previous post, Dave discussed one type of vermouth, Bianco. We’ve also discussed other types of vermouth as mixers in some of the drinks we’ve mentioned. Some people drink this stuff straight up – which is gross IMO – but as a mixer, a couple of types of vermouth are must-have components of a […]

Baroque and Famous

We’re at a cocktail party at our friends Bob and Micki’s place. Bob’s scientific work takes him to South America, and he picked up this bottle (note, a used Miller beer bottle) of these super tasty, unusual bitters from Iquitos, Peru. We replaced the usual Cynar in the recipe with those Chaman siete bitters. Since […]

Patrician

This is a cousin of the Negroni which we have yet to describe – I’m leaving it to Dave because he has refined the proportions to be much more palatable than those of the original recipe. The Patrician retains the tart nature of the Negroni but adds a balancing sweetness that makes it better, IMO.  […]

The Back Bay

Sometimes, you have a drink at a bar and instantly fall in love with it. Once in a while, you want to spit it out – in the direction of the bartender. Still, at other times, you try something and you know it’s close, but not quite perfect. That’s the way it was for me with […]

The Upper West Side

Yesterday, Dave posted Best. Manhattan, Evar. I made the drink tonight and it is fabulous. A must try. But, I don’t think that making it a Manhattan derivative does it justice. It is a bit sweeter and has more body than a Manhattan. I believe it deserves its own name and I have christened it […]

Fort Point

The Fort Point is the house drink at the bar Drink (yes, that’s the name of the bar) in Boston. Since I went to a cocktail class with the bartenders from Drink and learned how to make it, it’s been my absolute favorite and my go-to cocktail. 2 ounces Rye (I used Bulleit Rye, one […]

Best. Manhattan. Evar.

[Note: for our one-stop-shop of Manhattan preparation info, check out our Classic Manhattan post]  A Manhattan is among the most classic of classic cocktails. The standard recipe is Rye, sweet vermouth, and a dash of bitters with a cherry. My drink tonight illustrates how brands matter, because it was amazing. 2 oz Russell’s Kentucky Rye […]

Maximilian Affair

In the original Maximilian Affair, the French intervened in Mexican affairs in the mid-19th century. If Napoleon had the drink Maximilian Affair available to him at the time, he would have been decidedly more chill about beating the crap out of the Mexicans. Like the French intervention of that time, St. Germain, a French elderflower […]