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Homemade Cocktails — Experiments, Critiques & Travels

High Times at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic

As some of you know, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic was held here in New York a few weeks back. And I nearly missed it. Serves me right for not paying … Continue reading

June 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Byrrh Rides Again: The Chevalier

I love apéritif 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

Cherry Blossoms!

Spring has arrived in Georgia, bringing with it the usual crop of weather conditions: wild fluctuations in temperature — both morning-to-night and day-to-day — tornadoes, rain, and exclamations from coastal … Continue reading

April 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

Have a Sip of Byrrh, then make Byrrh Cocktails

Here in the U.S. we now have access to a growing number of European spirits and liqueurs that, until now, were rarely seen on these shores: Carpano Antica and Cocchi … Continue reading

November 28, 2012 · 8 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

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

Drinking New Orleans, Part 2: Cocktail à la Louisiane

Following on the heels of the Vieux Carré is a drink with remarkably similar ingredients but a drastically different taste: the Cocktail à la Louisiane. Like the VC, it was salvaged from … Continue reading

March 7, 2012 · 2 Comments

Drinking New Orleans, Part 1: The Vieux Carré

Well, Mardi Gras was last Tuesday, and I’m sure everyone in the drink blogosphere has been getting an ample dosage of information on the Sazerac, the official cocktail of New Orleans, … Continue reading

March 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

Back to my ROOTs

Not too long ago, Jason Wilson wrote an article about a curious liqueur named ROOT (I’d prefer that it was simply “Root,” but Art in the Age seems rather fond … Continue reading

October 15, 2011 · Leave a comment

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