Every cocktail recipe has two kinds of ingredients: liquids and history. Since the L’Allegro cocktail is my own mix I know the history, and I’ll start with that, but feel free to skip right to the rec
The Plane Margarita – An Old Family Frozen Margarita Recipe
About 25 years ago, while on a flight returning from a business trip to Mexico City, I was having the usual get-to-know-you, pre-flight conversation with my seat mate on the plane. At some point, I me
Consumatorium Reviews: New York City Craft Cocktail Bars – Dutch Kills and BlackTail
The best New York City craft cocktail bars. In this episode, Dutch Kills in Queens and Blacktail in lower Manhattan.
Making a Real Brooklyn Cocktail with Amer Picon
Walking into any decent cocktail bar and ordering a Brooklyn Cocktail with Amer Picon will almost assuredly elicit a sad story about the dilution and final death of Amer Picon and how the bartender ha
Learning How to Make a Pisco Sour at the Gates of Machu Picchu
A lesson on how to make a Pisco Sour from a shaman bartender outside the gates of Machu Picchu.
Consumatorium Reviews: Orlando Craft Cocktail Bars
Recently, we found ourselves in Orlando, Florida and, as usual, set out on a mission to identify the best Orlando Craft Cocktail Bars. As it turns out, Orlando, like several other Florida cities we’ve
Winter Warmer Cocktail
As the days are getting colder and the nights downright freezing, I wanted to create a drink that cut through the temperatures and warmed people up from the inside. It needed a whiskey base which I pa
Consumatorium Reviews: Cuban Cocktail Adventures
When most of us think of Cuba, we have a romantic mental image made up of scenes from the 1950s, perhaps including Al Pacino visiting on the eve of the revolution (Godfather reference). A place full o
Cinco de Mayo Tequila Primer
Want to show off your extensive knowledge of tequila to all your drinking buddies on Cinco de Mayo? As always, we’re here to help.
Consumatorium Reviews: Craft Bars in Budapest, Hungary
During our recent, very brief stop in Budapest, Hungary, we found the craft bar scene surprisingly good, but we were disappointed to find out that during our Sunday/Monday visit to the city, several o