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Monthly archives for May, 2015

Episode 26: Dead in the Water —...

Episode 26:  Dead in the Water — The Amarosa Cocktail

In this episode we delve into the concept of extinct cocktail ingredients.  It’s hard to put your finger on these dearly departed until you discover by happenstance, as I did, that you can’t complete the recipe. I stumbled into this circumstance by choosing the Amarosa Cocktail, another classic cocktail in the pantheon of aged beverages, […]

Episode 21: Thicker Than Water – Blo...

  The Bloody Mary is another one of those cocktails that people have been fighting over for nearly a century.  Because of its age and popularity it surely is a classic, but I think part of its popularity has been earned by its shock value. I think it’s the kind of drink people suggest to […]

Monster Summoning 6: The Thin White D...

It pleases me to present the next Monster Summoning episode wherein we feature new cocktails born from the minds of liquid genius.  The Brixton is where we record our Monster in a Glass series, wherein we discuss and taste classic cocktails both popular and forgotten, and Michael Donnelly, the bartender we work with, always knows […]

Episode 19: A Vicious Cocktail – The ...

Episode 19: A Vicious Cocktail – The Algonquin Cocktail

The story of the Algonquin Cocktail is truly a fascinating, confusing, and possibly widely misattributed one. I had heard this story before and loved learning about Dorothy Parker and the Algonquin Roundtable.   In 1919 a group of writers, actors and intellectuals began to frequent the Algonquin for lunch every day.  They were known as the Algonquin […]

Episode 18: Go Big or Go Home –...

Episode 18:  Go Big or Go Home – Alamagoozlum

With this episode, we’re going back to the front of the book to a cocktail we’ve done previously, but as we continue the mission to convert all of the previous episodes to the new format, we learn a lot more about these bygone beverages and have a ton of fun in the process. The name […]

Episode 17: Three Sheets to the Wind ...

Episode 17: Three Sheets to the Wind – Navy Grog

Grog sounds like the name of a caveman, but if you have any knowledge of the drink it might drum up images of being on a pirate ship. With good reason too. In the early incarnation you drank your watered-down 18th century rum from Admiral Vernon and you got back to work. Maybe a little […]

Episode 16: Not Built in a Day – Neg...

Episode 16:  Not Built in a Day – Negroni & Americano

Most accounts say the Negroni is based on the Americano, with Campari as the featured ingredient in all of its bitter, bright red glory. The Negroni is what happens when the Americano gets more American, and by that I mean dumping the soda and adding more booze. Unfortunately, gaps in the timeline and sparse written evidence […]

Episode 14: Tasting the Stars – Champ...

Episode 14: Tasting the Stars – Champagne Cocktail

In this episode we dive into the history of champagne. We’ve had champagne in cocktails before, though not often, but this is the first drink that features champagne specifically by name. What better cocktail to discuss the background of the bubbly. Champagne comes from the Champagne region in France. The wine is fermented and bottled […]

Episode 13: Going Way Back to Long Is...

Cocktails are all about crafting, sipping, and enjoying the experience. To many, creating a cocktail is equivalent to cooking a fine meal. Raw ingredients carefully mixed to generate a taste that is to be savored, to be discussed for the nuances of the flavors and the way the ingredients play off one another. And then […]

Episode 12: Moscow Mules – In the Col...

The Moscow Mule shows up in very few cocktail books for something that seems to be one of the most popular cocktails ever. This one was exciting because got some new ingredients to talk about with Vodka and Ginger Beer. Vodka as an ingredient has not shown up in many episodes, mostly due to how […]

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