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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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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 3 days ago at Wulf Cocktail Den
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Sine metu (Latin for "without fear") is the motto of Jameson Whiskey. Yes, that Jameson, the most famous brand of Irish whiskey. You can find it in bars around the world, and not surprisingly every pub in Ireland. The original distillery, which is no longer in use, is one of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Wulf Cocktail Den
"Part Time-Lover" was a huge hit for the great Stevie Wonder. Truth be told, if you're going to talk about 1980s pop songs with the word "lover" in the title, I prefer "Easy Lover" from Phil Collins and Philip Bailey (from Earth, Wind, and Fire; he also happened to sing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Wulf Cocktail Den
A lot of colorful people, both real and fictional, have been and are racketeers. The word (it means someone who's engaged in an illegal business) isn't used much anymore (it dates to the 1920s) and usually refers to someone in organized crime. Even Bugs Bunny posed as one in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Wulf Cocktail Den
You want bartenders to like you? Of course you do. Why annoy the people who work hard to create your favorite libation of the moment? This good article in the New York Times gives you some tips about what to do, and perhaps more importantly, what not to do. Many... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Wulf Cocktail Den
If you want to show respect to an Italian lady, call her Donna. It's the feminine equivalent of Don, e.g. Don Corleone in The Godfather (my favorite movie) or Don Giovanni (one of the two operas I like). I did not discover the Donna Maria in Italy, but in Ireland.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at Wulf Cocktail Den
Over the years I've consumed plenty of bourbon, but this month (which happens to be National Bourbon Heritage Month) was a first -- this time I got to bottle my own bourbon. Falls Church Distillers, a new distillery located in Falls Church, Virginia, recently hosted a bourbon bottling party. My... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at Wulf Cocktail Den
The Magnificent Seven (the original starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen; I haven't seen the remake with Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt) is my favorite Western movie. Everyone who loves movies should know about this film. Carrie Allan, a cocktail columnist for the Washington Post, just wrote a great article... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Wulf Cocktail Den
Tamarind is the fruit from the tamarind tree, which is common in South Asia and Mexico. It is tart and sweet. I discovered tamarind when I had it in sauces on food in Thailand. After savoring a Tamarind Fizz at Aqimero (great drinks, gorgeous decor) at the Ritz Carlton hotel... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at Wulf Cocktail Den
Despite the cocktail I created for her, the Whiskey Queen (Ms. Wulf Cocktail Den) is not actually a queen, and I'm not a king. That didn't stop us from briefly living like royals during a recent vacation in Ireland. We stayed two nights in Waterford Castle. That's right, a castle.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Wulf Cocktail Den
The phrase "bee's knees" was Prohibition era slang for "the best." So how is this simple cocktail anti-Nazi? Frank Meier, the creator of the modern Bee's Knees, was the head bartender at what is now Bar Hemingway in the Ritz Hotel in Paris. He included the drink in his 1936... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Wulf Cocktail Den