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Homemade Cocktails — Experiments, Critiques & Travels

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January 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

The YouTube Cometh…

Hello, Blogosphere! (Does anyone still use that term, anyway?) Have you missed me? Don’t worry, new posts are in the works. In the meantime, I’ve spent some time fiddling with … Continue reading

July 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

MxMo XCIV: That’s Not A Martini! — Shanghai

Mixology Monday? Again? So soon? Well, well, time for a drink…one that is almost, but not entirely (un)like a Martini. At least, that’s what Dagreb over at Nihil Utopia has … Continue reading

February 15, 2015 · 4 Comments

MxMo LXXXIX: The Unknown — The Maturin Cocktail

In the world of cocktails, a great deal of faith is placed in precedent and tradition. We look to the written works of bartenders from a century ago for inspiration, … Continue reading

September 21, 2014 · 3 Comments

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

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 LXXIV: Cherries & Cheerwine Cocktails

Time, once again, for Mixology Monday! It seems that us cocktail bloggers have been bitten by the fresh produce bug — after vegetables and herbs, we’ve naturally moved on to … Continue reading

June 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

MxMo LXIX: Fortified Wines — Got Sherry?

January’s Mixology Monday is focused upon a trend that is steadily gaining steam in bars across the country: the use of port, sherry, and Madeira wines in cocktails. Sure, you can reach … Continue reading

January 20, 2013 · 5 Comments