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]

Cape Codder

Cape Codder

Once in a while, and it doesn't happen very often, the best things are also surprisingly easy. Like when your guests want a juicy cocktail that's refreshing and you, the home bartender, are looking for something quick and simple to make. The Cape … [Continue reading]

Negroni Sbagliato Redux

Keep Calm and Drink Negroni Sbagliato

We mentioned the Negroni Sbagliato as a not too well known variation of the classic Negroni in our post about that cocktail a while back. The additional term, Sbagliato, which means mistaken, erroneous or just plain wrong, is used to describe a … [Continue reading]

How Much Juice Comes From a Lime?

How much juice from a lime?

Here at the Consumatorium, we hate when we run across recipes that call for anything other than precise measurements. This goes for any type of measurement, of course, but it's most obvious with liquid measurements. "The juice of one lime" simply … [Continue reading]

The Daiquiri

Daiquiri - Consumatorium Classics

Like many classic cocktails, the Daiquiri has contracted a rather severe case of semantic drift, conjuring a variety of fruit-laden icy smoothie concoctions made with a blender. While that may be something you enjoy on your beach vacation, it is not … [Continue reading]