Metaxa Seven Star and the Moschaton Cocktail

April 1, 2009

When I was 10, I won a trip to Greece.1 My dad and I went on a two week tour of the country, and I learned I did not like ouzo.2 I also learned that Metaxa is a Greek liquor that my dad wanted, and it was important he get the seven star. That I […]

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The Campari Dolce

February 27, 2009

Has this ever happened to you? You invent a new drink, and you think it’s the greatest thing ever. You sweat over a good name, you brag about it to all your friends. And then you forget about it. You remember a few months later, and try it again, and cannot imagine what lead you […]

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The Sonora Sour

February 25, 2009

Prickly Pear fruit (cactus figs) bring a beautiful color and flavor to a margarita.

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BarSol Quebranta Pisco and the Sol de Oro

February 9, 2009

I never get tired of mentioning that I first discovered pisco on a trip to Peru. It was also in Peru that I discovered my other love, Peruvian horses. Imagine my delight when a bottle of BarSol Quebranta Pisco arrived for review. Not only was it a pisco, but it featured a logo of a […]

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MxMo XXXV: Broaden Your Horizons — The Paquimé Cocktail

January 19, 2009

Lo and behold, it’s another Mixology Monday! This 35th incarnation is being hosted by The Scribe at A Mixed Dram, and he bids us: Broaden Your Horizons. Try a new base spirit, a new technique, anything, just as long as it’s something new for you. The Scribe is apparently precognitive, because the base spirit he […]

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The Air Florida

January 4, 2009

As a home mixologist, sometimes I am faced with a request for a drink for which I don’t have all the ingredients on hand. The question then is whether to improvise or just make something else altogether. This was the case the other night, when my co-taster asked for an Aviation. I had to tell […]

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Celebrate the New Year with The Étourneau

December 31, 2008

Friends on the other side of the International Date Line have already celebrated the arrival of 2009. I will be meeting up with friends later tonight to ring in the new year with laughter and great drinks.1 In looking for some ideas, I came across one of the drinks I invented for Thursday Drink Night, […]

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Hot Buttered Swedish Punsch

December 20, 2008

Here in Seattle, we’re battening down the hatches in preparation for Snowmageddon: The Return. In the calm before the storm, I took a short trail ride in the snow, and now that I’m back, I’m in need of a warming drink. Happily, I already had some hot buttered rum batter in my refrigerator, calling to […]

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Tuaca Italian Liqueur and the Livorno Cocktail

December 13, 2008

My initial association with the word Tuaca is a horse. Why someone named a Quarter Horse after an Italian liqueur, I’ll never know. I’ll admit I was surprised to discover the current owner of Tuaca the horse had never heard of Tuaca the liqueur. Then again, even though I had heard of it, I don’t […]

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Zen Green Tea Liqueur and the Matcha Cocktail

December 11, 2008

I have fond memories of witnessing a traditional Zen Buddhist tea ceremony at the Smithsonian Museum. We were given small sweets, and after the ceremony, a taste of the matcha tea. It was bitter and strong, not like any tea I had tasted before. I can still remember that taste today. Thus, when I read […]

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