House Jalapeño-Infused Tequila

It's no secret that out here on the farm we dig agave-based spirits; so it should be no surprise that we seriously dig infusing blanco tequila with jalapeños. If you love tequila, mezcal, and Ancho Reyes, you will love adding this tasty infusion to your bar repertoire. I utilize a recipe found in the Death … Continue reading House Jalapeño-Infused Tequila

Intro to Fernet: Hanky Panky & the Jitterbug

My first exposure to fernet was after a meal at one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago, Carriage House (now closed, we miss you!) I had been seeing ads all over town for this mysterious "Fernet Branca" (e.g., one pictured a woman walking an alligator; perhaps this is normal in Florida...another showed a pinup girl sitting at a … Continue reading Intro to Fernet: Hanky Panky & the Jitterbug

Raising the Bar

Once you have your basic bottles (and perhaps a few additional ones) you may find yourself wanting (or needing) to purchase a few additional bar hardware items; as well as additional bitters & shrubs to take your home-bar to the next level.  Over the holidays we threw a cocktail party with one cobbler shaker and … Continue reading Raising the Bar

The Whiskey Sour

This next cocktail I acknowledge I disregarded for ages. Not sure the reasoning; too simple perhaps, a bad experience, lack of balance, the evil “sour mix” or perhaps a combination. Who knows…? So, as with the Amaretto I decided it was time to put a bit of R & D into the Whiskey Sour. My … Continue reading The Whiskey Sour

A Tale of Two Nogs

My Homemade Egg Nog As a child raised in a traditional home, the only kind of "Nog" I thought to exist was in the dairy section of our (dry) grocer. I was not a fan of the beverage as it was overly thick and heavy. I would indulge in the liquid but only in fractions-of-an-ounce … Continue reading A Tale of Two Nogs

Turkey Day Tipples

Well, it's Thanksgiving again; and nothing welcomes the friends, relatives & random crashers to your Thanksgiving feast like a well planned cocktail menu (sometimes the random crashers ARE relatives/ you know who you are...) That being said, I recommend having an array of cocktails not only for different times of the day (pre/post-meal, etc..) but … Continue reading Turkey Day Tipples

The Old-Fashioned

As you begin actually mixing cocktails behind your newly developed home bar there are a few “old standbys” that you will want to be able to make; either for yourself or guests you entertain. The first we will discuss is the granddad of cocktails, the Old Fashioned. Rarely have I attended a party or frequented … Continue reading The Old-Fashioned