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Wulf Cocktail Den
Cocktail enthusiast whose goal is to have fun and inspire others with tasty libations.
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Whisky drinkers frequently and mistakenly overlook Canada's contributions to the global whisky portfolio. I was one of those people until I read Canadian Whisky by Davin de Kergommeaux. After speaking with him at Tales on Tour in Edinburgh (he was a presenter at the seminar that led to Tales of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Wulf Cocktail Den
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You're outnumbered, outgunned, and dying. What do you do? If you were Captain James Lawrence of the USS Chesapeake, you give one final order -- don't give up the ship. This episode during the War of 1812 became a rallying cry for the United States Navy. While the history behind... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Grain and suggestion are not words you usually see in the same sentence. They were the subjects of an interesting seminar Ms. Cocktail Den and I attended during our fabulous time at the recent Tales on Tour in Edinburgh. The presenters at the seminar, titled "Against The Grain," were Davin... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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I've never been to Newark (only through it), but I've repeatedly heard it is not one of New Jersey's highlights. That didn't stop Jim Meehan and John Deragon at PDT in New York City from creating a cocktail in its honor. The Newark is not far removed from a Manhattan... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Tales on Tour is the international version of the annual Tales of the Cocktail conference in New Orleans. Ms. Cocktail Den and I have been to the New Orleans conference a few times, and our first time there inspired us to launch the Wulf Cocktail Den in 2014. This year... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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In celebration of National Amaretto Day, the Amaretto Sour pays homage to this ubiquitous liqueur. The Italian word roughly means "little bitter." However, amaretto liqueur is quite sweet. Traditionally it's made from bitter almonds, but some versions also incorporate apricot pits. The history behind the Amaretto Sour is unknown. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Here's a sexy looking drink. Made you look! That's what clickbait online is all about. Although Joaquin Símo at Death & Company in New York City created the cocktail, the Alley Cat Lounge in Savannah introduced me to the Naked and Famous. The name caught my eye (of course), but... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Royalty is an odd and fascinating concept to those of us who live in countries without the formal tradition. There's official royalty, e.g. Queen Elizabeth II in England, and unofficial royalty, e.g. the Kennedy and Bush dynasties in the United States. The Royal Blood is a creation from Fraser Campbell... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Syncopation is a musical term that refers to stressing an offbeat note. In 1919 the iconic American songwriter Irving Berlin (his canon includes such classics as "God Bless America," "Puttin on the Ritz," and "White Christmas") wrote "A Syncopated Cocktail." There was no such cocktail at the time, but presumably... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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This KISS principle is not the one declaring you should rock and roll all night and party every day (although that's a good one). KISS is an acronym for "keep it simple, stupid." The KISS principle applies in a wide array of disciplines such as communication and design. This excellent... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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The Ides of March refers to March 15. That's the day Roman senators stabbed and assassinated Julius Caesar. In the eponymous play by William Shakespeare, Caesar does not heed the soothsayer who warns him to "beware the Ides of March." Shakespeare did not create the Ides of March. That honor... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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The American Prohibition Museum in Savannah, Georgia is not your typical museum. For one thing, there's a great bar in the middle of it (more on that later). The museum is informative without being dry (pun definitely intended). You can learn a lot about this chapter in American history that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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A photo with a cat and a colorful cocktail? It's a combination that could break the Internet. Satchmo is the nickname of the late great musical legend Louis Armstrong. It's also the name of our tuxedo cat. Neither of them has anything to do with the Netflix series Orange Is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Yes, this cocktail has an odd name. No, I do not know the widow for whom the drink is named. No one does. What we do know is the Widow's Kiss first appeared in a 1895 book from George Kappeler, an esteemed New York City bartender. Even though it's not... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Do you want to avoid bad cocktails? Of course you do. David Wondrich, a preeminent cocktail authority of our time, recently published this article in the Daily Beast. It's entertaining, informative, and occasionally self deprecating. As a self styled "professional amateur" home bartender, it's good to know people with far... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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The Hurricane is associated with New Orleans, not the 1980s rock anthem from Scorpions. It's not the official cocktail of the city. That honor belongs to the Sazerac. Like many people, I had my first Hurricane at Pat O'Brien's. I didn't like it at all, so I avoided it for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Today is National Irish Coffee Day, which celebrates a cocktail that doesn't actually have green booze. In 1943 Joe Sheridan created the Irish Coffee in order to warm passengers at a flying boat (seaplane) terminal in Foynes, Ireland. The drink's popularity exploded after travel writer Staton Delaplane got it on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Closing is important in things such as real estate (remember "ABC" from the play and film Glengarry Glen Ross -- always be closing) and baseball (relief pitchers can make or break a game). The same goes for cocktails. The Final Rye is a variation on the classic alcohol forward Last... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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There's no booze at the fountain at Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia. Savannah is a small Southern city with a big drinking tradition. The Alley Cat Lounge is one of the great cathedrals of Savannah's cocktail renaissance. You have to respect a place that has "We love booze, and so... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Continuing a tradition, a new year brings a new original creation from the Wulf Cocktail Den. The Mexicillin is a twist on the popular Penicillin. The name's resemblance to the common antibiotic amoxicillin is completely intentional. While the name of the cocktail isn't entirely original, my recipe is. 2 ounces... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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New Year's Eve -- a time for reflecting, a time for hoping, and a time for drinking cocktails. Champagne is a staple of New Year's Eve celebrations, and the Champagne Cocktail is a great way to use it. The cocktail originated in the United States in the 1850s. It was,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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The Chairman of the Board has a seat at the bar at BlackTail. BlackTail is a vibrant New York City bar that evokes the glamour of 20th century aviation (when passengers frequently dressed up to fly) and Cuba (during Prohibition and before the Castro regime). Voted as the Best New... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2017 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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To paraphrase President Franklin Roosevelt's description of the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 5, 1933 is a date which will live in awesomeness. On that day the 21st Amendment became official, Prohibition ended, and once again Americans could drink legally. From the American Prohibition Museum, Savannah, Georgia. I recently had... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Just as alcohol can provide temporary relief from some conditions, e.g. sobriety (ha!), antibiotic drugs can cure all sorts of nasty physical conditions. Sam Ross is not a doctor, but he is a legendary New York City bartender who created the Penicillin. I'm sure Dr. Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Sometimes the word renegade has a bad connotation, e.g. the wanted man in the classic Styx song. Sometimes history ultimately vindicates renegades because they dared to be different. The word comes from the Latin renegare, which means to deny or renounce. The Renegade cocktail isn't nearly as old as the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at Wulf Cocktail Den