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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Crown Royal Black

April 22, 2011

Canadian whisky doesn’t get a lot of love from the craft cocktail community. So when I was given an opportunity to sample Crown Royal Black, I wanted to approach it with an open mind. Unfortunately, it didn’t do much to improve my opinion of the category. Crown Royal Black is being pitched as a darker, […]

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Red Wood Road Cocktail

October 25, 2010

This past week was the first annual Portland Cocktail Week, and the CSOWG decided to hold Drink.Write 2010 in conjunction with the festivities. And since many of us were in Portland together, it was only natural to hold a live Thursday Drink Night. Thanks to the valiant efforts of Lush Life Productions, we had a […]

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Blood and Sand

April 3, 2010

The Blood and Sand is a classic example of a recipe you shouldn’t judge without tasting. Blood and Sand 1 ounces blended Scotch whisky 1 ounces orange juice 0.75 ounces cherry brandy (Cherry Heering or Cherry Marnier) 0.75 ounces sweet vermouth Shake all ingredients well and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with orange twist or […]

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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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Bourboned Cranberry Relish

November 26, 2009

I’ve been experimenting with cranberry relish recipes for well over a decade now, and have finally found one that works well for me. It has the advantage of being incredibly easy to make, and well, bourbon! It’s best to make this the night before. If you do, I recommend that you first make yourself a […]

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Bulleit Bourbon

March 31, 2009

Bulleit Bourbon is a modern take on an old recipe. The modern product started in 1987, when Tom Bulleit attempted to recreate his great-great-grandfather’s bourbon recipe. By all accounts, the result is a great tasting bourbon. It’s long been a favorite of mine. When I received a box with a full bottle and two logo […]

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MxMo XXXIV: Spice — Juniper Berry Syrup

December 14, 2008

Another month, another Mixology Monday. This month is hosted by Craig at Tiki Drinks and Indigo Firmaments, who offers up the theme of Spice. For guidance, he tells us: Spice should give you plenty of room to play – from the winter warmers of egg nog, wassail and mulled products to the strange and interesting […]

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Blinker Cocktail Redux

October 19, 2008

One of the real joys of cocktails as a hobby is comparing recipes and discovering what you like best. Last time I wrote about the Blinker, I used a recipe that called for 2 parts bourbon, 1 part grapefruit juice, and 1 part grenadine. Before trying the recipe, I worried that the grenadine would be […]

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MxMo: Bourbon — Purosangue Cocktail

June 16, 2008

It’s time for Bourbon this Mixology Monday, thanks to the fellers at Scofflaw’s Den. This was one MxMo that Bryan, my chief taste-tester, was very eagerly awaiting. As always, I used MxMo as a justification to buy a nice bottle. This time it was Ridgemont Reserve 1792. This is a very smooth bourbon, a definite […]

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