High West Campfire Whiskey Cocktail

Calling this a cocktail is liking calling a pop song a symphony. Simply put, High West’s Campfire Whiskey is excellent as it is. Like all great spirits, though, sometimes it’s nice to create something more by adding other flavors and even consistencies. In this case, the combination is delicious and couldn’t be easier to make. […]

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. […]

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. […]

Lockjaw

Back in the day, Will and I used to drink more than our fair share of Rusty Nails. There was a restaurant, Callahan’s (it still exists, but they moved and were never the same), that served them in pint glasses for $3. OK, that was almost 30 years ago, so it would be like $6 […]

Rob Roy

The Rob Roy is just a Manhattan made with scotch whisky instead of rye. That makes it sound similar, but in fact it tastes quite different, and is very much worth having in your repertoire. The drink is named after Rob Roy MacGregor, a Scottish folk hero and outlaw, and it would only take a […]

Scotch Whisky

I’ve been drinking scotch since I was in high school, and there is a lot to say about it. Today, though, I just want to talk about a couple of basics. The main thing to know about scotch is that there are single malts, and blends, and if you care about what is good and […]