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Homemade Cocktails — Experiments, Critiques & Travels

Our Fall Cocktail Menu

While the Carousel Punch was the star of our Autumnal soiree, we also put together a small cocktail menu and made drinks available on request. The cocktails featured plenty of … Continue reading

September 27, 2012 · 1 Comment

Autumn Has Arrived — Time for Punch!

To celebrate the Autumnal Equinox and herald the arrival of cooler weather, we held a Harvest Party at the Lauer household (incidentally, a well-timed cold front dropped the temperature by ten … Continue reading

September 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Cocktail Night IX: Veintiséis de Mayo!

We’re back to that time of the month once again: Neighborhood Cocktail Night! It being May, we were going to have a Cinco de Mayo night, but the date kind of crept up … Continue reading

May 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Cocktail Night VII: Sazeracs for All!

The quintessential New Orleans cocktail is, without a doubt, the Sazerac. In fact, it’s the city’s Official Cocktail. It was also the subject of our seventh cocktail night, being the host’s … Continue reading

April 22, 2012 · 2 Comments

Cocktail Night VI: The Perfect Pair, or Two of a Kind

It’s February…and it’s time for another cocktail night! We’re scaling back a wee bit and mixing up two drinks, rather than our usual three, to give more attention to our … Continue reading

February 10, 2012 · 1 Comment

Cocktail Night V: Dark n’ Spicy

Arrrr, it be time for more rum drinks, me hearties! This time, we’re covering a broader spectrum of this sugarcane spirit and delving into dark and spiced rum. The cocktail club is … Continue reading

January 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Cocktail Night IV: Holiday Spice

The Lauer household has been decked out for Christmas and logs are busy crackling away in the fireplace (or rather, they will be, if the temperature drops to the 40s during the day…not likely). There … Continue reading

December 9, 2011 · 3 Comments

Cocktail Night II: Bourbon & Rye

Almost time for the second meeting of the Heron Social Club! This time our crew of cocktailians will be focusing on drinks made with bourbon and rye whiskey. Neighbor Dave … Continue reading

October 1, 2011 · 1 Comment

Bourbon & Rye Primer

The next meting of the Heron Social Club approaches! The theme? Bourbon and Rye. When you’re looking at base spirits, whiskey is arguably right up there with gin, a well-established … Continue reading

October 1, 2011 · 3 Comments

A Gin Primer

Gin is good. Cocktailians like gin, mainly for one reason: it plays well with nearly everything you can toss into a drink. Citrus? No problem. Herbs? Easy, it’s already infused … Continue reading

September 10, 2011 · Leave a comment