Pineau des Charentes and the Charente Cocktail

January 7, 2009

I rarely make the same drink two nights in a row. I’m developing a large home liquor selection, as well as a robust home library of cocktail books. This leads me to want to continually challenge myself to new-to-me cocktails. But for nearly a week, I’ve been drinking the same drink almost non-stop. It all […]

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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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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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MxMo XXXIII: Made from Scratch — Swedish Punsch and the Suédois de vanille

November 9, 2008

It’s Mixology Monday again. This month, Doug Winship at the Pegu Blog has declared the theme to be “Made from Scratch.” We are to make at least one of our own ingredients and decide if it’s worth the effort. I have written about Swedish Punsch before. This mix of Batavia arrack, neutral spirits, sugar, water, […]

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Bellringer Gin and the Bitter Apricot Cocktail

November 7, 2008

Every Thursday night, starting around 7 pm EST (00:00 GMT), we meet in the Mixolseum chat room and make up drinks. Usually we have a theme centered around an ingredient that we try to experiment with. The theme for November 6 was gin. Participants were asked to find a gin they haven’t previously purchased. This […]

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Pooh Bah Cocktail

November 3, 2008

Believe it or not, I still have a little bit of my bottle of Swedish Punsch left. Tonight I decided to find a recipe to appreciate it. I hit a real prize with the Pooh Bah cocktail. Pooh Bah Cocktail 3/4 oz gin (Bombay) 3/4 oz light rum (Flor de Caña 4 year Extra Dry […]

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Genever and the Barleyflower Cocktail

October 7, 2008

When I got my bottle of Genevieve, a genever-style gin made by Anchor Distilling, I immediately tried the plain, fancy, and improved Holland gin cocktails. Then I started searching for other cocktails that took advantage of genever’s malty, strong flavor. I enjoyed the Amsterdam cocktail, which bring orange juice to the fore. Even more, I […]

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Genever Cocktails — The Amsterdam and the Rembrandt

October 6, 2008

Having already tried the Basic, Fancy, and Improved Gin Cocktails with Genevieve Genever Gin, I wanted to find some additional drinks to use this great new ingredient. The first that caught my eye was the Amsterdam Cocktail, which I found in the CocktailDB. Amsterdam Cocktail 1 1/2 oz genever (Genevieve) 3/4 oz orange juice 1/2 […]

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Bluecoat Gin and the Corpse Reviver No. 2a

September 19, 2008

It’s definitely a fun time to be a gin lover in the US. Several distillers across the country are producing new, exciting gins. I’ve tried most of the West Coast contenders, but my latest acquisition comes to us from Philadelphia: Bluecoat American Dry Gin. The distiller tells us they use a handmade copper pot still, […]

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