Rising Sun

While sipping on a classic Japanese Cocktail the other night, I pondered about the fact that there wasn’t one thing related to its namesake I could think of.  Sure, its designation most likely stemmed from its creation back around 1850 when the first Japanese delegation came to the United States, specifically New York, and one of the delegates,  Tateishi…

Campari & Me

Ah, Campari…the king of bitter-sweet amaros.  Who could deny that beautiful, red hue and the lingering bitterness with notes of pepper, quinine, and citrus?  Too bad no one really knows what goes in that beautiful bottle, though some believe Chinatto is a component (a bitter and citric fruit). This secrecy could be said for any…

Coffee House Cravings

It seems you can’t walk more than a couple blocks without seeing a small coffee shop or Starbucks beckoning to have you get a tall double shot white chocolate mocha…with whip.  At least, here in Seattle that’s the norm, heck we have over 400 Starbucks in Washington alone.  If there was a pilgrimage to the…

Knockout Punch

Punch.  To most, they probably imagine a room full of adolescent, runny nosed screamers huddling over a giant bowl of basically sugar with some fruit juice thrown in for good measure.  Or perhaps something served with numerous flavored rums, some coconut and fruit juice at a Bahama Breeze or some other unscrupulous pseudo Tiki lounge.  In…

Thoughts on an ImPORTant Ingredient

O.K., it’s nothing new to see port as an ingredient in cocktails, though, you don’t see too many of them.   Look through some vintage cocktail books like those from “The Professor”, A.K.A., Jerry Thomas and you’ll see some listed there, as well as Harry Craddocks’ 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book.  In the early days of the…