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