spirits

A Bright Star

Posted on 11/9/2012 by |Cocktails, Spirits and Mixology | Comments

Bulletin TodayA majority of the time, pre-Prohibition cocktail books are the research materials I use for creating new cocktails or when I’m looking to serve something new to my guests. They are some great sources for reprints of the old tomes. Probably the best would be Amazon or, my favorite, Cocktail Kingdom. While many of these books are a fascinating look at how bars were run in the early 1900s and the recipes that were cataloged at the time, they don’t …

Time for a Little Hanky Panky (The Cocktail, That Is)

Posted on 10/19/2012 by |Cocktails, Spirits and Mixology | Comments

Bulletin TodayWe’ve already talked about making a proper Martini and if you’ve read that article, the recipe in today’s article will look familiar. The Hanky Panky is almost identical to a martini made with sweet vermouth but with the addition of one extra ingredient. While the martini has its own history, the Hanky Panky also has its own fantastic tale. One of the United State’s biggest losses during Prohibition was of bar men. And please note, I’m not being sexist when …

Autumn Jewel

Posted on 10/5/2012 by |Cocktails, Spirits and Mixology | Comments

Bulletin TodayOne of my favorite liqueurs is Chartreuse. The spicy, herbal, and sweet liquor has been produced by the Carthusian Monks in France since the early 1700′s. The two most common types found in the liquor store is the Green or Yellow variety. The Green variety, arguably the most popular, comes in at 110 proof and is flavored with 132 plants and herbs. It’s color comes from the chlorophyll in these herbs and plants. The Yellow variety is much milder in flavor …

Fall Out of Summer; A Classic Cocktail With Summer and Fall Spirits

Posted on 09/21/2012 by |Cocktails, Spirits and Mixology | Comments

Bulletin TodayLabor Day marks the unofficial end to the summer season. I’m guessing that’s just because most people get a three-day weekend. But if your weather has been anything like our weather here in Virginia, summer is not going quietly into that dark night. It’s felt mid-July rather than early-September since the holiday weekend. With that in mind, I went about finding classic cocktail that had that summer-turning-to-fall feel. While perusing several of my cocktail books, I came across this little …

America’s Early Booze – Applejack

Posted on 09/14/2012 by |Cocktails, Spirits and Mixology | Comments

Bulletin TodayWhen most people think of American spirits, the first thing to pop to mind is bourbon. In fact, the United States Congress passed a resolution in 1964 that stated bourbon was identifiable as a distinctly American spirit much like Scotch is distinctly identifiable with Scotland. However, in Colonial America the hooch of choice was often a fermented beverage made with the abundance of apples left over from harvest. Applejack is essentially an American cousin of the French Calvados. The original Applejack was …

Let’s Get Fresh!

Posted on 08/31/2012 by |Cocktails, Spirits and Mixology | Comments

Bulletin TodayThere’s still a few good days left of summer so before the weather turns a few degrees cooler and the leaves begin changing colors, I wanted to invite everyone to get fresh! Huh? Let me explain. My cocktails change just like the seasons. As summer begins, I start thinking of fruity, refreshing cocktails. Gin, rum and tequila start showing up more than whiskey and brandy. More than any other season, I want to incorporate those fantastic fruit flavors of the …