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Homemade Cocktails — Experiments, Critiques & Travels

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

Where Has All the Pumpkin Beer Gone?

Search me. After a reading a number of articles on Serious Eats about all the pumpkin beers that are (or were) out and about on the market, I headed to … Continue reading

October 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Savoy Tango

Sometimes, simpler drinks are better. True, you can whip up some smoked air to mix with your cardamom- and saffron-infused gin (the gin itself being homemade…who needs commercial gin, right?) … Continue reading

June 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

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

Norwegian Wood

Ever heard of aquavit? No? Well, neither had the cashier at Pop’s. My bottle of Linie received an intent stare and a question when checking out. Completely understandable, given that Scandinavian liquor hasn’t been … Continue reading

January 9, 2012 · 4 Comments

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

Applejack!

Right now, applejack is quite possibly my favorite spirit. Sure, I love sipping whiskey and trying out new gins, and cognac is great and I’m gradually warming to tequila, but … Continue reading

November 27, 2011 · 3 Comments