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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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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
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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
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"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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Reading about unsung cocktail heroes is good, but why read when you can listen? Eric Kozlik, the CEO of Modern Bar Cart, interviewed me for his podcast. It was a great experience. Here's our conversation about bitters, vermouth, and liqueurs (it's episode #8). Eric has interviewed a lot of really... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2017 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Drinking in Ireland means beer and whiskey, right? Not always. As Ms. Wulf Cocktail Den and I recently discovered, the cocktail scene in Ireland is growing. The most common one you'll see is a combination of Jameson whiskey, ginger ale, and lime. Using Barrow's Intense ginger liqueur (full disclosure --... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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The wonderful country of Iceland is the polar opposite of the person who's the subject of the Foreigner tune Cold As Ice. As foreigners who recently traveled to Iceland, Ms. Wulf Cocktail Den and I had a great time seeing the sights and meeting people. The Icelandic Sour is my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Your eyes and the turn signal in your car are blinkers. The Blinker probably has nothing to do with either of them, as the cocktail's origins are unknown. Patrick Gavin Duffy, a New York City bartender in the late 19th century and pre-Prohibition 20th century, mentioned the Blinker in his... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Ice in Iceland -- an ice cave in Surtshellir. Even though Reykjavik, Iceland isn't a big city, it has a lot of great eating and drinking options. Apotek and Loftid are two of them. Friends highly recommended Apotek to me and Ms. Wulf Cocktail Den, and we discovered Lotfid while... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Whether you believe in horoscopes or not (I don't), they can be fun to read. Could they indicate what type of bars you like or your drinking habits? Who cares? More importantly, do you want to have some fun and laugh? Of course you do. Click on the links in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Think great cocktails and food in Reykjavik, Iceland, not the musical abomination from Vanilla Ice (who brazenly ripped off the bassline in the great song Under Pressure from Queen and David Bowie). Sometimes you find fantastic places when you're wandering. That's exactly how Ms. Wulf Cocktail Den and I discovered... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Drink iconically in Paris! Both of these legendary bars predate the great movie Casablanca, which is the source of many classic lines, e.g. the subject title of this post. One night in Paris my wife and I visited these historic bars to soak in some history and cocktails (not necessarily... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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The Kir is a ubiquitous cocktail in France, and it increasingly appears on American drink menus. It was Ms. Wulf Cocktail Den's go to cocktail during our recent journey to Paris. The drink is named for Felix Kir, a priest who was active in the French Resistance in World War... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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It's a classic line from Casablanca, one of the greatest movies in history. I'm no Humphrey Bogart (I'm not as cool as he was) and my wife is no Ingrid Bergman (she's better looking than Bergman), but we did have a great time in Paris. As Paris is one of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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You want to have the Last Word? Of course you do. Now you can have it in a conversation and in a cocktail. Although many sources refer to the Last Word as a Prohibition era cocktail, it actually predates Prohibition (it appeared on a drink menu in Detroit no later... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Let's get one thing out of the way -- this excellent cocktail does not consist of six shots. A drink that large would drop you like the business end of a real revolver. The Revolver contains almost two shots of booze. Jon Santer created it in San Francisco, which is... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at Wulf Cocktail Den