The Thirsty Traveler

Probably the most satisfying part of any mixologists craft is the chance to use ingredients from all over the world.  Whether it be a spirit, liqueur, herb or sweetener, there are unique and wondrous flavors abound.  Our good friend Stewart Putney from the excellent Putney Farm blog has given us a great reminder of this. …

Okie Dokie Artichokie

Vegetables you can drink.  That’s the focus of this month’s Mixology Monday, hosted by Rowen at the Fogged In Lounge.  I think for most of us this instantly brings about visions of suppressing head splitting hangovers from an overly indulgent night of binge drinking by imbibing spicy Bloody Marys the next day.  Well, for most anyway as I loathe…

Extreme Makeover Part 2: Rusty Nail

One of my favorite and most under appreciated cocktails that deserves a second thought is the classic Rusty Nail, a simple concoction of blended scotch and a scotch based liqueur, Drambuie.  According to David Wondrich, like most cocktails the true origins of the Rusty Nail lie in obscurity.  He alludes to the cocktail’s humble beginnings…

Fortified for Your Tasting Pleasure

With the holiday season officially over we move past the Scrooge of a theme from last month’s MxMo and move forward unto a classic and very underutilized ingredient, fortified wine.  A fortified wine is basically wine that has had it’s alcohol percentage increased to help prevent spoilage which was a common factor in the early…

An Ode to Prohibition & The Speakeasy

Prohibition….while considered to be the “dark ages” of the cocktail world, there came the light to the path for which all thirsty travelers now walk.  If not for Uncle Sam’s decision to outlaw all liquor except for that used in medical and industrial purposes, the Speakeasy might of never existed, at least in the fashion…