The more I play with bitter elements, the more I love bitter Amari, especially when they take their place at the table for a classic like the whiskey Boulevardier cocktail. Served on the rocks with an orange peel expressed over the top, it’s a complex cocktail with layers of flavor from the heat of the […]
We’re here to talk about cocktail ice, but as a whiskey drinker, the important of ice and water has been drilled into me from the first sip. While many whiskey snobs poo-poo adding anything to their whiskey, the fact is any non-barrel proof whiskey has water added to it. As have many non-wine spirits. The […]
For some palates a barrel proof Manhattan sounds like a nightmare, but for some of us, it’s heaven in a glass. Barrel proof bourbons get a bad rap. They’re too hot for some people, or their finish is too strong, or they just have so much proof you can’t taste the whiskey. (Post may contain […]
It’s Negroni Week so I’m deep in the woods with Campari and other red apertifs this week. The basic ratio and recipe of the Negroni make it an easy cocktail to play with. But what if you played with one of the basic ingredients that make it so distinctive? What if you played with the […]
Let’s talk about the best bourbons for cocktails at home. As a self-professed whiskey enthusiast and cocktail nerd, I spend much of my time researching, playing with, and creating bourbon cocktails. The number of whiskies and bourbons available now on the market can be utterly intimidating to someone new to bourbon cocktails or whiskey tipples. […]
Manhattan cocktails hold a very prized place at the top of the cocktail heirarchy. But, that doesn’t mean we can’t have a bit of fun with flavors and open up the door to some wild and crazy Manhattan variations. Because I love the Manhattan dearly, I always want to make it more approachable to those […]
For a cocktail as popular as the Manhattan there are probably hundreds of variations, if not more. A few have made it into the standard cocktail canon. If you’ve mastered the classic Manhattan, or you want to branch out into variations of the Manhattan cocktail, here are a few cocktails to start with. (Post may […]
The Classic Bourbon Manhattan cocktail sits at the top of the bourbon cocktail hierarchy. A great Manhattan carries the sweetness and the high proof heat of the whiskey with all of its complexities and adds a bit of the infusion of flavors from a vermouth. A few dashes of bitters tame the collective sweetness from […]
Create your own riff with this primer on creating your own mint julep variations. Release your inner mixologist and play with the simplicity of the julep.
Celebrate the horses and all things summer with this easy classic mint julep. Get our your mint, your bourbon and a little simple to build this easy, fast cocktail in the julep cup.
Let’s talk Derby with these 7 fun, easy, and tasty variations of classic mint julep recipes. More fun than Derby at the track.
Top off your favorite iteration of the whiskey sour with a red wine float and you have the easiest riff on a classic cocktail you’ll make all day. Remember that the kind of red wine you choose will need to play well with the other ingredients. You may want to focus on fruity wines to pair with the sweet in the whiskey sour, but you might decide to go dry and let the tannins/oaky qualities pair up with the aged whiskey.
Light, delicate flavors with a hint of the licorice in the fennel and lovely fig notes build a whiskey sour for early fall. Nothing heavy or aggressive about it, it’s a sweet, easy sip you can whip up with a squeeze of lemon juice and a muddling of fresh figs.
I love a great Boston whiskey sour, even though it has egg white in it. But for years I didn’t order Boston sours because I worried that I’d be able to taste the raw egg in it. Finally, at a bourbon event we had a bourbon sour that used egg whites and I was won […]
We’re taking it back to basics with this classic bourbon whiskey sour. Cutting back a bit on the standard ratio of bourbon to lemon and simple allows lower-proofed bourbons to stay forefront in the flavor. You do want to remember that you’re drinking a whiskey sour, so you want to taste that lovely whiskey you’re using. I added the option of black walnut or angostura bitters to brighten the citrus and sweet a bit.
Ready for more basics about bitters and cocktails? Today I’m going to give you a set of the best bitters for intermediate and advanced cocktail making at home. I selected these bitters for their versatility and how often I end up using them. (Post may contain affiliate links.) Let me start with the caveat that […]