Cocktails

Gin and Tonic Slushie

July 1, 2013

Today is the hottest day we’ve had in the Seattle area since 2010. It’s hot. And like most people I know, I have no air conditioning in my home. My home holds heat exceptionally well. I’m never cold in winter. But on hot stretches like this, I am very, very hot. Having reached the point […]

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Age Your Own Whiskey

November 7, 2011

Along with sudden explosion of new distilleries, there has been a proliferation of white dog whiskeys on the market in the last few years. White dog is unaged whiskey. Like vodka, it’s a popular first product for a new distillery as it can be immediately bottled and sold to start bringing in income. Rather than […]

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Pisaq Cocktail and the PDX Cocktail Invitational

October 29, 2010

Pisaq Cocktail

2 oz FAIR. quinoa vodka
0.25 oz Cocchi Americano
0.25 oz sweet vermouth (Vya)
2 dashes citrus bitters (Urban Moonshine)

Stir over ice until as cold as an Andean glacier, strain into a cocktail glass.

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Learning about Armagnac at Tales of the Cocktail

July 23, 2010

Today I had the pleasure to learn about Armagnac from some of the world’s foremost experts, and more importantly, taste several excellent examples. Dale DeGroff was the moderator, and kept the session fun and on track. Alain Royer started off with a brief overview of how Armagnac is made. Cognac is known for being highly […]

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Armagnac at Tales of the Cocktail

July 5, 2010

While the production of brandy in the Armagnac region of France precedes that of Cognac, it is barely known outside of its home country. On July 23rd, moderator Dale DeGroff and panelists will help bridge that gap at Tales of the Cocktail in the seminar Armagnac, France’s First Brandy. Alain Royer, a native of Cognac, […]

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MxMo XLIV: Money Drinks — Vanilla Whiskey Royale

December 14, 2009

Mixology Monday is here again, and this month is being hosted by one of my favorite Seattle bartenders, Kevin Langmack.1 Kevin has given us the theme of Money Drinks. We had two directions we could go. First: A “Money” drink is something you can put in front of anyone, regardless of tastes or distastes about […]

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MxMo XLIII: Vermouth — The Visconti

October 26, 2009

Fall is closing in fast, but October refuses to leave until we honor it with a Mixology Monday. Over at Cocktailians, Vidiot is hosting a most excellent theme, Vermouth. He bids us: Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to present a delectable vermouth cocktail for us all to drool over. Sweet/Italian or […]

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100 Cocktails You Should Try

September 3, 2009

The following list comes to us from Bobby Heugel of Anvil Bar and Refuge in Houston. The List is one hundred “libations we feel you should try at least once in your life … for better or worse.” By my count, I’ve already tried 83 of these, and will use this as a reference to […]

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Welcome Stranger Cocktail

September 2, 2009

Here’s another drink I stumbled upon in Barflies and Cocktails. Welcome Stranger Cocktail 0.5 ounce gin 0.5 ounce brandy 0.5 ounce Swedish punsch 0.5 ounce lemon juice 0.5 ounce orange juice 0.5 ounce grenadine Shake until good and cold, double strain into cocktail glass. This was one of those recipes I couldn’t quite guess how […]

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Gloom Raiser

August 31, 2009

I was paging through the delightful Barflies and Cocktails by Harry McElhone, one of the wonderful reprints by Mud Puddle Books. Amongst all the wonderful illustrations by Wynn Holcomb, I found a variation on the martini that was new to me. Gloom Raiser 1.5 ounces London dry gin 0.75 ounces dry vermouth 2 dashes absinthe […]

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