Want to Make Your Own Whiskey? Tuthilltown Spirits Will Let You.

Posted in Events on April 23rd, 2009 by Josh

Tuthilltown Spirits – makers of one of my absolute favorite spirits, Hudson Baby Bourbon – is inviting people to an immersion experience in the craft of distilling whiskey.

You can find details about the event via their Facebook page (Facebook login required). Here’s the basic rundown though: Read More

Tags: bourbon, Events, Tuthilltown Spirits

The Gin Sling

Posted in Recipes on April 22nd, 2009 by Josh

Gin Sling ingredients: sweet vermouth, gin, lemon, angostura bitters, simple syrup, club sodaIf you do any reading at all about the art of cocktails (and I assume you do, since you’ve ended up here!), you’ve probably come across the name Dale DeGroff. If you haven’t, you need to read more! And you should start with Dale’s book, The Essential Cocktail: The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks.

Anyway, Dale is commonly known as the King of Cocktails (rightfully so), and you really can’t go wrong mixing one of his recipes. Among my favorite is his take on the classic Gin Sling. Read More

Tags: angostura bitters, club soda, cocktail, dale degroff, gin, lemon, recipe, simple syrup, sour, sweet vermouth

Cocktail for Earth Day

Posted in Community on April 22nd, 2009 by Josh

NY Barfly (a great site, by the way) has a cocktail called the Spring Blossom in celebration of Earth Day. I’m not a big Vodka drinker, but it looks pretty good!

Spring Blossom - Cocktail for Earth Day

Tags: cocktail, Earth Day, lemon, St. Germain, Vodka

French Kiss Cocktail

Posted in Recipes on April 21st, 2009 by Josh

Pernod & Aviation Gin for the French Kiss CocktailIn my last post, I discussed the Earl Grey MarTEAni – an inventive cocktail from the mind of Audrey Saunders at Pegu Club. Today I’d like to cover another Pegu Club classic – the French Kiss (gotta love that name!)

The French Kiss uses an interesting liqueur called Pernod. Pernod is a pastis – an anise-flavored aperitif that was created as a substitute for Absinthe in the early 20th century. Pernod can certainly be consumed on its own – though to do so it is usually diluted with water (about 5:1). In mixed cocktails however, it lends a great anise (licorice-like) flavor, which I personally really enjoy. Read More

Tags: cocktail, gin, lime, mint, Pegu Club, Pernod, recipe, simple syrup, sour

Earl Grey MarTEAni

Posted in Recipes on April 19th, 2009 by Josh

Ingredients for Earl Grey MarTEAniWhenever I have drinks at Pegu Club, one of my favorite cocktail bars here in NYC, I always make it a point to try something new. Because I had a little extra time on my hands before a dinner reservation last night, I got to do just that.

Being a tea-drinker myself, I’m surprised I hadn’t yet gotten around to trying the Earl Grey MarTEAni; a creation of the very talented and renowned mixologist behind Pegu Club, Audrey Saunders. Fortunately my time in the dark has come to an end! Read More

Tags: bar, cocktail, egg white, gin, lemon, martini, Pegu Club, simple syrup, tea

Badminton Cup

Posted in Recipes on April 19th, 2009 by Josh

Ingredients for the Badminton CupThe Badminton Cup (also referred to at times as an East Side Cocktail), is the ultimate summer drink. The refreshing combination of cucumber, lime, and mint, along with a healthy dose of quality gin of course, makes for an instant favorite on rooftops, decks, poolside, or wherever you might be enjoying sun and warm weather. Read More

Tags: cocktail, cucumber, fresh, gin, lime, mint, recipe, simple syrup, summer

Welcome to Spirited Cocktails

Posted in Editor's Notes on April 17th, 2009 by Josh

Is drinking really an art? Isn’t that a bit pretentious? Can’t you just pour a beer or a glass of wine and be done with it? If you want to get fancy, maybe throw together some vodka and tonic water, and toss a lime in there to impress your guests?

If that’s what you like, by all means, don’t let me stop you. After all, what reason is there to drink if not for your own enjoyment? But you may not realize just how much you’re missing. Read More

Tags: cocktail, editorial, mixology