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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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National Rum Day gives us an opportunity to think outside the cocktail box. Fellow cocktailer Michael Bounds, who brought us the Ides of March, created the Another Green World as a liquid tribute to the 1975 album from musician and producer Brian Eno. Just as Eno used a deck of... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Wulf Cocktail Den
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The Def Leppard song "Pour Some Sugar On Me" is an iconic rock anthem from the 1980s, and it's one of my favorite tunes from the group. The song has nothing to do with sugar or sugar cane, but three spirits are derived from sugar cane -- rum, rhum agricole,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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In the superhero universe Tony Stark is Iron Man. Played by Robert Downey, Jr. in the eponymous movies and the Avengers movies, Tony Stark combines technological genius with style and a devil may care attitude. The Stark cocktail has nothing to do with Iron Man, at least not that I've... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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After spending a few days in Copenhagen, Oslo, and Stockholm, I got a pleasant surprise -- a suntan. Ok, I really turned more of a darker shade of pale, but for me that's a suntan. Just as the unusually sunny weather in those cities gave my skin a pinkish color,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Aquavit isn't some fancy new flavored water. Derived from the Latin for "water of life" (just like whiskey means "water of life" in Gaelic), aquavit is a Scandinavian liquor that's becoming increasingly popular outside of Northern Europe, both on its own and in cocktails. Like vodka, aquavit is distilled from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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"It's a marathon, not a sprint" is sage advice you'll hear from Tales of the Cocktail conference veterans. Ms. Cocktail Den and I heard it in 2014 when we first went to New Orleans for Tales. Early that year we dealt with a serious health issue (which fortunately resolved) and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Sanguine is an odd word in the English language. Even though it derives from the Latin word for "blood," it means positive or confident. The Sanguinella is the brainchild of the Villa Massa distillery. The Sanguinella is not far removed from the Italian Sunrise, one of my first original creations,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Even though I don't actually have any Scottish blood in my family, I feel like I do after going to Kin in Edinburgh. Ms. Cocktail Den and I went to Kin twice during Tales on Tour. The bar's motto (arrive as friends -- leave as family) is very appropriate. Jody... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Wildlife in the heart of Edinburgh? No if you're looking for actual animals, but a resounding yes if you're looking for fun cocktail bars. We went to Panda & Sons and Hoot The Reedemer (I'm going to call them Panda and Hoot because I'm too lazy to keep typing their... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Here's a mystery -- where in Edinburgh can you find a top notch bar that's also fun and unpretentious? This one is easy to solve. Simply go to Bryant & Mack Private Detectives. Ms. Cocktail Den and I did when we attended Tales on Tour earlier this year. Behind a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Are you rich beyond your wildest dreams? Having many Millionaires doesn't count. If you're like me and most people, you have to do what you can with a limited budget. This was the focus of a seminar titled "Ballin' On A Budget" that Ms. Cocktail Den and I attended at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Got vodka? The Russian Vodka Room does. A lot of it. The Russian Vodka Room is a great and relatively inexpensive bar in the theater district of New York City. Ms. Cocktail Den and I discovered it almost 20 years ago, and we go there every time we travel to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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The Negroni is a quintessential classic cocktail. What does it have to do with Sesame Street, the popular long running American educational television show for kids? As a proud Sesame Street "graduate," I can tell you the Count was one of my favorite characters on the show. The Negroni's history... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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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 May 20, 2018 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