Margarita

As Will points out, a true classic Margarita won’t taste like what you get in the average bar, because they often use sour mix or even Margarita mix to save time. And those mixes, among other differences, are sweeter than the straight ingredients. Here is how you actually make a Margarita. Prep by putting a […]

Pomegranate Margarita

You know how it is when you walk into a run-of-the-mill bar and ask for a margarita on the rocks? Odds are you’ll get some sickly sweet drink that’ll knock your head back and will taste more synthetic than anything else. That’s because the primary ingredient used by bartenders in such drinks is sweet and sour mix […]

Ginger Beer Refresher

It’s the first day of summer and it’s time to think about serving refreshing drinks by the gallon. Who wants to wait on guests mixing finicky drinks when it’s hot outside anyway? It’s great when you can mix ’em up in volume and have people serve themselves. How are you gonna keep them happy and […]

East Meets West

I love the taste of ginger and had been thinking of picking up a bottle of ginger liqueur for a while (Domain de Canton in particular) to see what kinds of alcoholic taste fantasies I could fulfill (get your mind out of the gutter, it’s just a drink). After almost depleting the contents of a bottle, I […]

Scottish Sombrero

Dave’s Lockjaw got me thinking about Drambuie and its potential to add sweet flavor to other base liquors, Tequila in particular. I played around with several combinations and a variety of bitters to offset the natural sweetness of the Tequila/Drambuie combo. I decided that an Amaro worked well – a bit heavy, but was a […]

El Monje Loco

This one is my invention and I’m damn proud of it. First, the name: I was calling it “Crazy Monk” due to the tequila / Benedictine combo. Then my friend Mauricio pointed out that there is a sort of cartoon character in Mexico named “El Monje Loco”, which is as close to a precise translation […]

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 […]