Drinks by the Dram

Posted in Reviews on December 20th, 2010 by Josh

Broadening your whisky horizons is an enriching experience. To develop your palate, learn to discover the subtleties of flavor based on ingredients, aging, regions, and so on – that’s a noble effort. But also an expensive one.

The folks at Master of Malt contacted me about their Drinks by the Dram program, which aims to help lower the cost of broadening those horizons. They offered to send me a sample shipment, and I’ve never been known to turn down an offer of whisky, especially when it’s free (and even when it’s not). Read More

Tags: Drinks by the Dram, samples, whisky

Tis the Season for Punch

Posted in Books, Recipes, Reviews on December 9th, 2010 by Josh

There are two categories of drinks that, through their intrinsic qualities,¬†conjure¬†the holiday spirit. The first are hot toddies – cocktails made with whisky, citrus, baking spices, and hot water or tea. They warm the soul, stir the spirit, and – I’m convinced – cure the common cold. (Also considered within this category might be ski chalet-esque cocktails like Hot Buttered Rum.)

The other category is punch. And this is why cocktail luminary and historian David Wondrich’s new book, “Punch: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl” could not have come at a better time.

I’m throwing a small (well, it’s become rather large) holiday soiree this coming weekend, and both for its holiday spirit-inducing qualities, and its ability to serve a crowd, punch will be the focus of the bar. So I’ve been buried nose-deep in Mr. Wondrich’s book looking for ideas, and the real difficulty now lies in narrowing down the choices! Read More

Tags: book, bourbon, champagne, cognac, david wondrich, lemon, nutmeg, punch, rum