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Category Archives: mixed drinks

Lavender Bitters

We revisited the lavender bitters last night. This is a concoction that has sat patiently awaiting use since we posted about it on Mixology Monday in November 2006. I don’t think it’s aged too badly. It remains floral, although not as bright an aroma as 16 months ago, but it is still bitter and tasty. […]

Mixology Monday! our favorite liquor!

A little over a year ago, NABC fellow Roninspoon and I found occassion to meet for a drink. Circumstances dictated a cigar bar, just off the piazza in Italy, or Las Vegas’ simulacrum of the same1. It was near closing time, the AOR band was seemingly enjoying themselves, and the bartender came out to take […]

my first drink, twice

The Ramos Gin Fizz was my first drink, twice. One of my earliest memories of going out to a dinner with my parents is from when I was seven or eight years old. It may have been the first meal in multiple-courses I ever had. This was no special occasion, just that for some reason, […]

a return to the Mojito, and a departure

The upswing of interest in the Mojito in the opening years of the Twenty-First Century may well be an effect of the popularity of Nick Gold’s rediscovery and promotion of the Buena Vista Social Club and the estranged musical time capsule it represents. Then again, it could be that the Mojito is just such a […]

Second Class on the Overnight to Drunkistan, or The Boozy Foreigners – Part 1

Being the first tale in the adventures of three travelers learning the international language of liquor Catalunya was on fire. No train was going to make it through to Barcelona for at least a day, so in Perpignan we were packed onto a tourbus with all the kids south of Paris, goddamn, it looked like. […]

keep your 40 – I’ll have an Earl Grey tea

Although it is known that the second Earl Grey, who served as Prime Minister from 1830-1834, gave permission for the production and sale to the Twinings tea company of the blend of black teas flavored with bergemot oil that bears his title, the actual inspiration for this blend seems to be lost to history. The […]

On Mojitos, and the Men That Make Them

The Mojito. First, let’s get this as clear as a cocktail: if you are of the opinion that Mojitos are meant to cost $14 and come with a black straw, you are a victim of small thinking. If you believe rum drinks are for girls in Ugg boots, I’d like to remind you that pirates […]

Shaken, not shtirred

It turns out that a martini shaken – not stirred – helps deactivate hydrogen peroxide (an antioxidant) better than gin or vermouth alone and twice as effective than when stirred. This is important because 007 is a tough old bastard, and part of his health may be due to competent bartending. Never you mind that […]