Making Your Own Grenadine

Grenadine Containers

One of the great, fun parts about visiting craft bars is that you get to talk with bartenders who truly enjoy what they're doing and who are, generally, very open to sharing what they know. One of the big secrets I often hear from craft bartenders is … [Continue reading]

Consumatorium Reviews: Craft Bars in Berlin, Germany

Windhorst Bar, Berlin, Germany

Just down the street from Checkpoint Charlie in what used to be known as East Berlin, is a quickly growing area of new bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Contrary to its long term austerity during Soviet occupation, it has become a young, hip and … [Continue reading]

Fig-Infused Bourbon

Fig-Infused Bourbon

As we've discussed before, infusing your booze seems intimidating and maybe even difficult. Trust me when I tell you it's not. I know from personal experience - I'm inherently lazy, after all. To prove it to you, one of my drinks is named Apathy, and … [Continue reading]

Simple Syrup – The Step-by-Step Guide

Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is, perhaps, the most basic and commonly used syrup employed in making craft cocktails. It adds the touch of sweetness that helps create balance and depth in the taste of many drinks. While you may see recipes that list synthetic "sweet … [Continue reading]

Guest Post from a Pro: Strong International Specialty Spirits

A glass of wine is nice, and nothing beats an ice cold beer, but for those times when you'd like to celebrate with something a little stronger, consider some of these unique, potent liquors to create a cocktail you won't soon forget. That is, as long … [Continue reading]

Aviation Cocktail

Aviation Cocktail

The Aviation is unusual among classic cocktails in that it is probably more popular today than it was in the golden age. Its distinctive pale blue color along with a rich red cherry make it a feast for the eyes, and a floral aroma stimulates the … [Continue reading]

The Zombie Cocktail – The Original Tiki Drink

Zombie

The Zombie Cocktail is the drink that started the whole Tiki craze. As discussed in our Intro to Tiki Drinks, Donn Beach, the man responsible for brightening our civilization with faux-Polynesian concoctions, created the drink with his vision of what … [Continue reading]

Intro to Tiki Drinks

Tiki Drinks

Tiki is dead. Long live Tiki. Like many great cocktail genres, Tiki virtually died in the 70's during the great vodka onslaught. It was the era when we gave up the taste of alcohol in favor of the tastes of what we could quickly mix with it. When … [Continue reading]

You’re as Cold as Ice . . .

Ice Cubes

"You're as cold as ice . . . You never take advice Someday you'll pay the price, I know"- Foreigner - Cold as IceAs we've discussed before in our post about Ice Spheres and in our Bartending Tidbits page, almost all cocktails are meant to be served … [Continue reading]

Rum Punch

Rum Punch

It's summertime. A time for refreshing drinks that everyone enjoys in the heat and sun of the season. Even better when, as the bartender, you can make these drinks ahead of time so you can sit back and relax with your guests instead of scrambling to … [Continue reading]