High Tech Cocktails at the French Culinary Institute

Posted in Community on June 22nd, 2009 by Josh

Serious Eats has a great story today about the High Tech Cocktails class being taught at the French Culinary Institute. The class is being taught by Nils Noren and Dave Arnold, professors at the FCI and proprietors of Cooking Issues – their “Tech’N Stuff” blog. The combination of “cocktails” and “high tech” has me all wound up. This is a must read.


Tags: class, high tech, mixology

Why There’s No Such Thing as a Mistake

Posted in Editor's Notes on June 4th, 2009 by Josh

A King's Park Swizzle?Well sure, mistakes exist. But as far as I’m concerned, not when it comes to mixing cocktails. Just as in the culinary arts, recipes are templates. They’re guidelines that reflect the goals and tastes of the artist, but they’re never carved in stone. The purpose of the resulting dish (or cocktail, in our case) is to be enjoyed, and one must always adjust accordingly.

The other night, I set out to make a Queens Park Swizzle – one of my favorite rum-based cocktails – which I was preparing to introduce to you here. However, what I ended up making was a mixture of lime, sugar, mint, angostura bitters (all of which belong), and gin (which most certainly does not). I poured gin instead of rum by mistake. The funny thing about it is that I was already a sip or two into the drink before I realized it (I swear, I wasn’t drunk!) Read More

Tags: angostura bitters, experimentation, gin, lime, mint, mixology, simple syrup

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