Daiquiri

[Note: for our one-stop-shop of Martini preparation info, check out our Classic Daiquiri post] After I wrote the post on the Whiskey Sour, and having learned a bit more about the Sour family, I decided to dive into the Daiquiri. It’s a classic cocktail, of course, invented early in the 20th century. The Daiquiri is […]

Cuba Libre

As part of our Classics series, I recently tried the Cuba Libre, an ancestor of the Rum & Coke likely invented in very early 20th century Havana as a way to promote Bacardi. I have to admit, this is not my favorite highball. Maybe it’s that I don’t usually drink soda pop in the evening; […]

Cocktails for an Outing

Sometimes the amateur mixologist is called upon to prepare cocktails for an outing, such as a picnic, road trip, or camping trip. Since you cannot have your entire bar available in such circumstances, it is necessary to plan and prepare in advance. In particular, some items can and should be pre-mixed, while others need to […]

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 […]

Casino Soul

Just picked up my first bottle of Cynar yesterday, it’s an Amaro/bitters sort of beverage that is newer (1950s) than some of the multi-century liqueurs I’ve been playing with. Supposedly it is unique in that it includes artichoke as an ingredient, but you surely can’t taste it separately. I’ve been wanting to try this recipe […]