Bees Knees and a thought on resistance

Bees Knees and a thought on resistance

Free House, Tavern Law, Speakeasy. It’s easy to forget where these terms for pubs came from. The history of the bar is fully intertwined with free-speech and the right to protest. When a government seeks to controls the rights of all, or some – conversations between assembled groups of drinkers is one of the hardest to stop. The surreal political climate in the United States has me heartened to see famous bartenders like Diageo World…

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Honey In Drinks is The Bees Knees!

Honey In Drinks is The Bees Knees!

Honey is the key ingredient in humanity’s oldest alcoholic beverage, Mead. Mix honey with water, introduce almost any kind of yeast and allow it to ferment. You’ll get delicious honey wine. Mead can range in alcohol and sweetness levels greatly. It can be still or sparkling. Mead is traditionally mixed with flowers, spices, fruit or wine grapes. The oldest written records of mead consumption go back to the early Vedic Period, in 1700 BC.  Archaeological evidence goes…

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The Low Talker, for the love of Luxardo, and Seinfeld

The Low Talker, for the love of Luxardo, and Seinfeld

1 oz Havana Club 7 year 1 oz Alberta Springs Whisky 3/4 oz Luxardo Sangue Marlacco Cherry liqueur 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters Stirred, strained into chilled coupé and garnished with a lemon rind. Low Talker. Tasting notes: a little rich with a velvety texture but well balanced. Nice blend between the ingredients. Great after dinner cocktail. The original LUXARDO drink is called the “lady whisperer”. I went with the low talker because I’m kind of…

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Tropical Vesper, with Belvedere Mango Passion

Tropical Vesper, with Belvedere Mango Passion

Let’s set our targets on the Vesper cocktail. The first classic cocktail ever invented for a fictional character, this is the first drink James Bond orders in Casino Royale. The original recipe for a Vesper: 3 parts of Gordon’s Gin 1 part Vodka 1/2 part Kina Lillet (which ceased production in the 1980’s) Combine ingredients in a stirring vessel. Add ice and stir (Wondrich‘s orders!) Strain into a chilled coupé. Garnish with a lemon peel with pith removed. In chapter seven…

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A Winter Negroni, warm and smooth for the cold months

A Winter Negroni, warm and smooth for the cold months

 1 Part Averna Amaro 1 Part Remy Martin VSOP 1 Part Carpano Antica Formula  Stir all ingredients with lots of ice, allowing proper dilution. Garnish with a blood orange slice.  Tasting Notes:  Nose: Floral and herbal with notes of fennel, orange, cloves and winter spices. Palate: Smooth full mouthfeel, with an oily texture. The finish is long with herbs and citrus notes. Perfect as an digestif.   My inspiration was the blood orange itself. After scanning…

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Rob Roy Cocktail and the Bartender who created it

Rob Roy Cocktail and the Bartender who created it

The Rob Roy cocktail is a true classic. It is essentially a Manhattan with Scotch substituted for North American Whiskey. The drink benefitted from Scottish whisky becoming widely available for the first time in 1890 North America. Fun fact, in 1898 the first commercial ever shown before a motion picture was an advert for Dewar’s Scotch. Rob Roy was a real historical character, but the name of the drink is a reference to a popular operetta….

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“Hoots Mon Cocktail” testing from The Savoy Cocktail Book

“Hoots Mon Cocktail” testing from The Savoy Cocktail Book

Reading “cocktail manuals” from the past is bound to send you down a “worm-hole” of information. No cocktail book has served us better for such an endeavour as “The Savoy Cocktail Book”. This original created and maintained at the Savoy Hotel in London is simply one of the most iconic books in the “industry”. A thorough review to follow, although we would assume that most who cross theses posts would have it already. If not…

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