The classic Sazerac cocktail is a close cousin to the Old Fashioned. Made of rye whiskey, Peychaud’s bitters, sugar, and that licorice-flavored rinse of absinthe, it’s a celebration of all things New Orleans. The best Sazeracs include selection of a great rye whiskey as the base spirit, the type of sugar/sweetener used, the perfect amount […]
Guest Post by Advanced Mixology Ginger Beer – the perfect addition to any cocktail, infusing your taste buds with the right amount of spice. It’s a naturally carbonated beverage with a flavor profile that’s both tangy and smooth, making it a worthy staple in your home bar. Not to mention, ginger is a source of […]
Cookie-infused bourbon is your next favorite cocktail ingredient. Bourbon is a beautiful thing. With nothing added to it you can get rich vanilla, caramel, and spice notes. Often fruits and nuts come out if you nose it and sip it slowly. Why mess with perfection? Here’s why: infusing whiskey with cookies is one of the […]
One of the easiest and fastest ways to create unique and creative cocktails is to master the art of the simple syrup. It’s endlessly creative, inexpensive and adds a bevy of flavor and aroma profiles to your cocktails. Making winter simple syrups is a bit addictive for me. All my favorite spices, an endless combination […]
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 […]
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. […]
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.
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.
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 […]