Christmas Holiday Cocktails

Although mulled wine has become the drink of choice at festive gatherings, people have long celebrated Christmas with cocktails. Journalist Pierce Egan devised the Tom & Jerry cocktail in the US as a festive serve in the 1820s, long before the father of modern bartending, Jerry Thomas, claimed it as his. A mix of brandy […]

Berkeley Skirt Lifter Cocktail

Well, Valentine’s Day has come and gone and with it the opportunities to melt your girl’s heart with small boxes of chocolate, flowers, and mushy cards with lace and hearts and such. Oh, you can still try those things, but in many cases it will simply make her think you are cheating on her. So, […]

Drinko de Mayo – The French Margarita Recipe

Well, Drinko de Mayo is coming up, an American drinking celebration commemorating a relatively minor battle in Mexican History where the Mexican Army in the Battle of Puebla in 1862 scored a surprising victory over French Forces.  Widely celebrated in the United States, it is of minor note in Mexico.  It is akin to St. […]

The Perfect Martini Glass

Friend of this blog, and all around good egg, the Raincoaster, has published a lengthy consideration of the what makes the perfect martini glass. There are solid practical reasons that beverageware evolved the way it has, and it pays to use the right container if you care enough to make the drink well. Don’t stick […]

And Happier St. Patrick’s Day!

May the Irish hills caress you. May her lakes and rivers bless you. May the luck of the Irish enfold you. May the blessings of St. Patrick behold you. And in the gentle spirit of the Irish people, we would like to recommend to you a great way to get your Irish up on such […]

Happy Guy Fawkes Day!

It is one of my favorite things about the Brits. They have a day to celebrate someone trying to blow up Parliament. I do not think there is a man alive who, just having gone through this election season, does not sympathize with that and think to himself (or herself as the case may be), […]

Fernet And Coke: An Unacquired Taste

Since I’ve already discussed Pisco and the Pisco Sour, national drinks of both Peru and Chile, fairness demands that I now consider Fernet-Branca, and the mixture Fernet and Coke, a drink many consider the national cocktail of Argentina. Frenet-Branca is an Italian amaro, a bitter, herbal-soaked, 80 proof concoction marketed as a digestif and wildly […]

How to Make a Pisco Sour & a Cocktail Video

Since writing yesterday’s post on Pisco Elqui, I’ve been searching through YouTube videos for a good one that describes how to make a Pisco Sour. Most of them are of American bartenders whipping up a version of the drink that would probably not be recognized south of Paramus, New Jersey. However, there is one beautiful, […]

Pisco Elqui

Last year, I spent a month in Chile, traveling without an itinerary, going wherever the whim took me, which oddly enough, resulted in winery visits in the region south of Santiago, and a week in the Elqui Valley, mostly in the towns of Vicuña and Pisco Elqui. Tres Erres Pisco, Product of Pisco Elqui, Chile […]

The IRS – Income Tax Ccocktail and Why I Drink

April 15 is invariably a day of sadness for me.  Not only are income taxes due (or, in my case, a request for an extension) but the news delights in bringing up massive cases of government waste so that I can feel even worse about paying my taxes.   Here, let us rip one from the […]

The Liquor Locusts

The Liquor Locusts

"The harsh, useful things of the world, from pulling teeth to digging potatoes, are best done by men who are as starkly sober as so many convicts in the death-house, but the lovely and useless things, the charming and exhilarating things, are best done by men with, as the phrase is, a few sheets in the wind." ~H.L. Mencken

The Dangers of Thirst

"Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need - a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing." ~Jerome K. Jerome

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The Jug of Empire!

The Jug of Empire!

"How solemn and beautiful is the thought that the earliest pioneer of civilization, the van-leader of civilization, is never the steamboat, never the railroad, never the newspaper, never the Sabbath-school, never the missionary -- but always whiskey!" ~Mark Twain