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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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Red lips can signify temptation, power, or seduction. Scott Harris, a founder of Catoctin Creek distillery in my home state of Virginia, based the Almost Red Lips Rye on a drink in the cocktail book at the legendary American Bar. The bar is located in the high class Savoy Hotel... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2019 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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E pluribus unum is Latin for "out of many one." It is the original national motto of the United States of America. These unfortunately politically polarizing times give me another reason to continue my tradition of creating a new cocktail for the new year. The E Pluribus Unum is my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Frank as in the late Frank Sinatra, the Chairman of the Board, an iconic American singer. Jack as in Jack Daniel's, the black label Old No. 7, an iconic American whiskey. As Sarah Feldberg explains in this article on the Tales of the Cocktail website, Sinatra's on stage endorsements beginning... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Once again Cognitio, a great corporate client, asked me to consult and design a cocktail menu for its holiday party. Last year the party had a Roaring '20s theme. This year the theme was the Red Carpet from Hollywood to Bollywood. So what did people drink at this glamorous party?... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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"Come Fly With Me" is one of my favorite Frank Sinatra songs. The Aviation cocktail took flight (pun intended) around the time the late Chairman of the Board was born. In 1916 Hugo Ensslin published a cocktail recipe book that included the Aviation. Just as wind currents and shear can... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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"Laissez les bon temps roulé" is French for "let the good times roll," and it's an unofficial slogan of the city of New Orleans. Ms. Cocktail Den and I first created the Les Bon Temps Roulé when we mixed beats and drinks at a D'Ussé cognac event during the Tales... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Denmark has aggressive drivers? Not really. During our time wandering around Copenhagen, Ms. Cocktail Den and I learned bicycles are the preferred mode of transportation. The name of the Danish Road Rage comes from an offhand joke our walking tour guide made as we explored the city. The "incident" occurred... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Where there's smoke, there's fire. Or in the case of the East-West Magic, where there's a bit of smoke, there's an exquisite and earthy cocktail. Cheongsam is an American company that hand makes unique tea liqueurs in China from locally sourced tea. Ms. Cocktail Den and I met the people... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Pear and ginger might sound like a weird combination. Sometimes weird is good. In the case of the Intense Spiced Pear Martini, it's really good. Why is it intense? Because I used Barrow's Intense ginger liqueur (full disclosure -- Ms. Cocktail Den and I are small investors). This original creation... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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CFIT is an aviation acronym that stands for "controlled flight into terrain." It's a benign sounding term for a catastrophic event -- a type of crash. The Burnt Fuselage is a creation from Chuck Kerwood, a fighter pilot in the Lafayette Escadrille, which was a squadron mostly composed of American... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Who knew being a DJ is like being a bartender? I never thought about it until Ms. Cocktail Den and I attended an event hosted by D'Ussé cognac at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. Whether they're professionals or amateurs (or as I described myself during the event, a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Bullfighting is a brutally elegant spectacle of human versus animal. A matador is the man or woman (or rabbit, if you're like me and enjoy the Bugs Bunny cartoon Bully for Bugs) in the ring with the bull. While there's a rich history of bullfighting on both sides of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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Ms. Cocktail Den had a business trip to Cork, a small city in southwest Ireland, and I shamelessly tagged along. I had a wonderful experience playing the Ode to Joy from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (you know this great tune, just Google it) on the Shandon Bells in St. Anne's Church.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at Wulf Cocktail Den
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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 Aug 16, 2018 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