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Homemade Cocktails — Experiments, Critiques & Travels

Byrrh Rides Again: The Chevalier

I love apĂ©ritif wines. Byrrh, Lillet, Dubonnet, Cocchi, you name ’em, I’ll drink ’em. These complex, Continental concoctions are wonderful on their own — or with a wedge of citrus … Continue reading

March 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

MxMo LXXXII: Monsieur Lauer at the Lapin Agile

As you might well guess, the blog isn’t the only repository for my cocktail knowledge and experiments. Since the summer of 2010, I’ve kept a cocktail journal, of sorts: it … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · 2 Comments

MxMo LXXV: Flip Flop — The Sheik

How are new cocktails created? Well, one fairly simple way is to take an existing drink and swap some or all of the ingredients for new ones. It’s best to … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

MxMo LXXIII: Bay Laurel from the Witches’ Garden

Once again, it’s time for Mixology Monday! Mr. Mark Holmes, of Cardiff Cocktails, is hosting, and he’s looking for a batch of herbal cocktails. Roots, spices, and beans can be … Continue reading

May 19, 2013 · 7 Comments

MxMo LXXII: Drink Your Vegetables — Ciao, Provence!

Vegetables? It’s too early for vegetables! At least, it’s too early for veggies from our garden — we’ll be waiting two months, at least, for fresh, homegrown tomatoes, peppers, and … Continue reading

April 19, 2013 · 2 Comments

Original Drink: The Elder-Upper

If you didn’t know already, St. Germain, the makers of the impeccable elderflower liqueur, are holding a cocktail contest, their 5th Annual Can-Can Classic. The challenge? Create an original drink using … Continue reading

November 21, 2012 · 3 Comments

MxMo LXVI: Bein’ (Jacques-in-the-) Green

Yes, it is officially Autumn, and though the leaves are turning and there’s a slight chill in the air, things are still pretty green down here in Georgia. There’s the … Continue reading

October 14, 2012 · 4 Comments