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

The European/Chicago Haul

While in Europe we decided to drink like the locals (not only in wine & beer this time) and here are the results. Some are rare, some are not; but all are very special to me for many different reasons. I cannot wait to tell you about them!  From the Top-Left Casa Noble Single Barrel … Continue reading The European/Chicago Haul

Chrysanthemum

Upon starting down this winding path of cocktail art I confess that I didn’t have the utmost fondness for dry vermouths. I have seen this cocktail on many a speakeasy menu and passed it by under judgment that the primary spirit was dry vermouth. “It’s bad enough I have to put that stuff in a … Continue reading Chrysanthemum

The Home Bar – Getting Started (Part 3)

  At this point, we have our bar hardware and we have our essential bottles. We are almost ready to get started; however, there are a few best practices I thought I would discuss before we get into mixing cocktails. Setting up and organizing your home bar Options for creating your home bar space are … Continue reading The Home Bar – Getting Started (Part 3)

The Home Bar – Getting Started (Part 2)

Now that we have our bar tools and bitters, we need to set our initial spirit & liqueur budget. Based on this budget (and your personal taste) we will prioritize which bottles to purchase. Once we have the list we can make the trip to the local liquor warehouse with confidence. I feel that $150 … Continue reading The Home Bar – Getting Started (Part 2)