Rock and Rye vs. Swine Flu (We Get X-Rated in Round 2)

The bitterness of the first batch of Rock and Rye could stand to be tempered with more sweet and fruit flavors, so I took a different tack the second time around. I used X-Rated, a tropical liqueur with blood orange, mango and passion fruit flavors,I zested the lemon in larger pieces, and left out sliced …

Bathtub Gin and My First Hangover

Despite the impression given by running a website about booze, I’m not the hard-drinking type.  I drank little before I came of age, although I did celebrate my 21st birthday week with 3 trips to Oktoberfest in Munich.  However, I recall (or don’t) having a number of indulgent nights in the decade since, and I’ve …

Gifts for Drinkers

Holiday season is approaching, so I put together a list of things any beverage enthusiast would enjoy. Bundaberg Ginger Beer ($5.99) Munktiki Mugs (varies) Vacuum Coffee Siphon ($110) Japanese Barware (varies) Flask Playing Cards ($29.98) Subscription to Imbibe ($20) Artisanal Cocktails ($24.95) Happy Hour Glasses ($20) iSi Soda Siphon ($62.99) Lillet Blanc ($15) Buffalo Trace …

Homemade Cocktail Ingredients and Infusion Tips

For years I’ve been making cocktail ingredients at home. I’ve mentioned some favorite infusions and liqueurs, including roasted ginger vodka, chipotle tequila, firewater, pumpkin pie spiced rum and kumquatcello, but I have also been making sweeteners, including grenadine, flavored syrups and marmalades, and novelties like dried bing cherries reconstituted in port.  I’ve been wanting to …

Classic Cocktails: 25 Preeminent Preparations

(Click the image to download a printable version of all these recipes) The BarSmarts bartender education and certification program lists the following as 25 classic cocktails that every bartender should know how to make. For a cocktail enthusiast, it’s good knowledge to have for making a lasting impression on the ladies, or for coaching a …