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Celebrating the life of Alexander Hamilton through a history of the Founders' drinking habits, the political origins of the first American definition of "cocktail" in print, and a recipe for Whiskey Rebellion Punch. Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at Cocktailians
All of us cocktailians -- and drinkers generally -- have a common hero. More than Harry Craddock, or Jimmy Russell, or Donn Beach, or even Jerry Thomas. No, who we really should bow down to is good ol' Ethyl Alcohol,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Cocktailians
I used to never order an Old-Fashioned when going out to a bar, because I never knew what I'd get -- an inch-thick paste of smashed fruit goo at the bottom? A glass brimming with seltzer? (or worse, Sprite?) --... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2014 at Cocktailians
Hi there! It's been a little while. Here are some things I've run across lately: Guys, I'm not sure, but I think Captain Morgan Taco Rum might be an April Fool; or whiskey toothpaste (but it actually did exist in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Cocktailians
Death in the Afternoon: how one forbidden ingredient, a bottle of bubbles, and the "arousing passion" of majestic bulls helped a Nobel Prize-winning author change the world.
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I picked up "Handcrafted Cocktails: The Mixologist's Guide to Classic Drinks for Morning, Noon & Night" by Molly Wellmann (Betterway Home, $24.99) when it came out a little while back. My friend Tizzie (of bourbon slush fame) put her on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2013 at Cocktailians
(Housekeeping note: I have a bunch of interesting books that have come my way over the past few months, and I'm hoping to get as many as possible reviewed before the end of the year.) One of the neat books... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2013 at Cocktailians
Well, I dunno about the "surprise" part, but the government is working again for the next little while at least, the days are getting chillier, and here are some interesting things I've seen around the Internets of late: the government... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2013 at Cocktailians
I've had some pretty good drinks in the past couple weeks, and wanted to showcase cocktails from three of the more interesting places I've had them. Thursday night, I had the Summer Silk (formerly the "Maïs d'Été") at Marseille in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2013 at Cocktailians
Can you believe that Mixology Monday is 75 installments old this month? Paul Clarke's fantastic idea has sparked tons of creative cocktail recipes and writing over the years, and I really should participate more often -- the deadline and structure... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2013 at Cocktailians
Bubbles are awesome. Who could argue? I drink a lot -- a lot -- of seltzer, because it's way more interesting than tap water. I probably go through about a liter a day, just for personal consumption -- more if... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2013 at Cocktailians
(This image is an original woodcut by L.A. artist Loren Kantor, inspired by this film from 1913. So cool.) Some things that have crossed my path on the Internets lately: I neglected to link to my Eatocracy writeup on National... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2012 at Cocktailians
If you'll recall from our last installment, we're investigating tonic water and trying to figure out which one is best. We've settled on a method, lined up judges, and introduced our contenders. Joanna, being a bona fide college professor and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2012 at Cocktailians
The Problem: It's still summer, and it can still be H-O-T out there.. And tropical levels of humidity demand something cool and refreshing. Maybe with bubbles and some lime, to cut the stickiness. In short, summertime demands a gin and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2012 at Cocktailians
There are many wonderful books on drinking, some of which truly reside in the canon of greatness. Gary Regan's The Joy of Mixology, David Embury's The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, Harry Craddock's The Savoy Cocktail Book...but the most entertaining... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2011 at Cocktailians
I recently hopped a bus up to Providence to check out an exhibition at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. "Cocktail Culture: Ritual and Invention in American Fashion, 1920-1980" opened in mid-April and runs through the end of this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2011 at Cocktailians
Liquor and fast women: what's not to love? I should clarify, though: A few days ago, I attended Speed Rack, a fundraiser for breast-cancer research organized by LUPEC NYC's Ivy Mix and Lynnette Marrero and emceed by USBG's James Menite.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2011 at Cocktailians
I wrote a post back in August '09 about the intellectual property of booze, and the various attempts to copyright, trademark, or otherwise legally restrict cocktail recipes, names, and techniques. (That was sparked by my getting a nastygram from a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2011 at Cocktailians
The Cocktailians team traces the history of, and taste-tests, the official cocktails of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes. Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2011 at Cocktailians
The Irish comedian Dylan Moran has a great routine about wine: “There are two types of wine essentially, and everybody knows this. There’s the one where you drink it and go, "Mmmm, well that’s ok, can we get eight of... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2011 at Cocktailians
I'm not Jewish. And my girlfriend is about as much of a secular Jew as it's possible to get -- she loves bacon, and she sometimes asks me questions about Judaism. (Quick! To the Internet!) But ever since moving to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2011 at Cocktailians
One nice thing about wintertime is that citrus is pretty cheap. While I can't compete with the lucky-dog co-authors of this site that have lemon trees in their backyard (and they know who they are), lemons at my local grocery... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2011 at Cocktailians
Beefeater recently launched Beefeater Winter Edition, the latest brand extension from Pernod Ricard with a party at New York's Lambs Club. Of course, Beefeater London Dry has been around for a long time, and Beefeater entered the super-premium gin market... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2010 at Cocktailians
A bunch of interesting shiznit from the Web, for your enjoyment and perusal: Eater tracks what it says are the big five cocktail trends of 2010. Really? A lot of these seem like they've been ongoing for a while; The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2010 at Cocktailians
Go Latino!, originally uploaded by Globe Trodden. I know it's really a day when you should be drinking a "good glass of Burgundy" at Davy Byrne's, (What do you mean? It's June 17th. --Ed. (Yeah, but I started writing this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2010 at Cocktailians