Negroni Sbagliato Redux

A Negroni Sbagliato without that overwhelming Campari taste. Try this variation in a standard Negroni as well.

Negroni Cocktail

Depending on which origin story you believe, the Negroni Cocktail is either just over or just under 100 years old. Either way, it is a popular classic drink with a definitive recipe and numerous enjoyable variations. Lower in alcohol content than a typical short drink, it is excellent as an aperitif or to wash down […]

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. […]

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. […]

Cocktail a la Louisiane – The Best Classic Drink You’ve Never Heard Of

This drink is more commonly known as the a la Louisiane or just la Louisiane these days. That is, of course, if you can find a bartender who has even heard of it. When a friend recently took me to Tavern Road, the terrific craft bar in Boston, the bartender suggested I try this based […]

Classic Martinez

I tried a few times to make a Martinez for our Classics series, and each time I messed up and made the Modern Martinez instead. This is because most recipes now use the modern ratios (much stronger), and you have to look specifically for the classic recipe. The Martinez is best known as the predecessor […]

The Gotham

A while back, I went to the Mermaid Inn on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. There I had a drink called The Gotham, a Manhattan derivative. While the drink list gave me the ingredients, I wasn’t convincing enough to get the recipe from the bartender. After playing with it a bit, though, I think I’ve recreated […]

Classic Martini with Modern Brands

[Note: for our one-stop-shop of Martini preparation info, check out our Classic Martini post] You might be surprised by the appearance of this Martini. Where’s the olive? What’s with that color? It turns out that the Martini most people know: gin, a touch of dry vermouth, and a pimiento-stuffed green olive – is a variation […]

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 […]