Guest Post From a Pro: Learn How to Make Cocktails At Home

Hey, Everyone! This is Nick from Toronto bar D.W. Alexander in Canada. I’d like to share a great cocktail recipe with you guys that I am sure you’ll love and prepare yourself tonight. So, without further ado, let’s get rolling. OK, it’s booze o’clock on an easy Friday or Saturday night and you feel like […]

Tom Collins Cocktail

The Tom Collins Cocktail dates from the mid-1800s with a relatively consistent recipe format. Depending on the granularity of your distinctions, it is sometimes classified as a highball, meaning that the alcohol is a less dominant ingredient. Thus one can drink it rather than sip it, especially since it tastes much like lemonade. Great on […]

The Martini

Though one of the most popular and well-known cocktails of all time, what passes for a Martini has evolved considerably. Unlike with other classic cocktails, identifying a preferred recipe for the Martini involves not only ratios and garnishes but even the primary liquors. Consequently, knowledge of a few variations is essential to satisfying your guests. […]

The Manhattan Cocktail

The Manhattan Cocktail is one of the most recognized cocktail names, with a recipe that has remained largely stable for a hundred years. It is a strong drink – too strong for those who primarily drink wine and beer – and it amplifies rather than softens the flavor of the whiskey that is its base. […]

Mexican Firing Squad

I ran across the Mexican Firing Squad while perusing a few cocktail blogs and was surprised I hadn’t heard of it earlier. Apparently, it’s a classic, having appeared in Charles H. Baker Jr’s Gentleman’s Companion, Volume II first printed in 1946. He discovered the drink at the La Cucaracha Bar in Mexico City in 1937. I don’t […]

Peat Wash – A Smoky Whiskey Cocktail

Sometimes, drinks taste better in my imagination than they do once I make them. This was true for this drink when I started. While making some cocktails the other night, I thought it would be interesting to combine a smooth and balanced Rye drink with the strong peat smoked taste and smell of an Islay Scotch whisky. […]

Juicy Mix and Match Cocktail Recipe

This cocktail recipe allows you to mix and match a large variety of liqueurs and juices to make many different drinks all using the same recipe and base spirit. Frequently, I have guests or family members who like juicy drinks. Those that aren’t dominated by the taste of any particular spirit and taste more like the mixer […]

Thanksgiving Apple Cider Brandy Punch

Yeah, we know. Why didn’t we tell you about this a few days ago? It turns out that we were enjoying this punch so much, typing became difficult. This punch is easy to make and, as test results from Thanksgiving indicate, enjoyed by all. Even those who don’t usually partake in Thanksgiving cheer. If you […]

The Paloma Cocktail – Margarita’s More Popular Cousin

According to the Washington Post, a self-proclaimed authority on such things, the Paloma Cocktail is even more popular than the Margarita in Mexico. I don’t know anything about that, but it is una muy buena bebida and a perfect summer cooler for those looking for a tequila-based cocktail that goes down really easy . . . […]

Pineapple-Vanilla Margarita

Our most popular post since we started the Consumatorium is our recipe for making Pineapple and Vanilla Infused Tequila. Now that summer is here, it’s getting viewed by loads of happy home bartenders and drinkers daily. In the post, we describe how to infuse the tequila, but we really don’t say much about using it in cocktails. We […]