Category: Cocktails 101

Let’s Talk About Martinis

Let’s Talk About Martinis

H.L. Mencken said ” The only American invention as perfect as the sonnet” is the martini. Well said. Traditionally served before dinner, the martini has its own place in the American lexicon and is as famous as many of the people who loved to drink […]

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Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee

Like most tales from the Emerald Isle, the origin of Irish Coffee seems to have more versions of its history than could possibly be true. The idea of mixing a spirit or liqueur with coffee most likely has heritage in other parts of Europe. The […]

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Amalfi Tonic

Amalfi Tonic

As you probably have noticed…we make our lemoncello (limoncello for the holy) at home. I don’t remember when I discovered this cocktail but I remember living in Spokane over on 19th and I think had something to do with Mario Batali, but he isn’t cool […]

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Bourbon Sour

Bourbon Sour

When my mother-in-law came by for a few weeks, I knew she enjoyed a good cocktail in the evening so I decided to share some of my favorites, a new one, each night during her stay. I think she said her fave is the gin […]

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Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

Seems like Bloody Mary’s are either loved or loathed. Many loathe it because they can’t get passed the spice, or the tomato juice or the fact that an alcoholic beverage can or should be savory. Many love it because it is one of the great […]

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Vesper Martini

Vesper Martini

I may have mentioned my friend Iron Phil to you before. He is a legit coffee roaster, raconteur, renaissance man, and all around good guy. He knows good whiskey, wine and cigars. Not to mention his knack for cooking traditional French dishes and obscure Italian […]

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The Boulevardier

The Boulevardier

The challenge is actually pretty simple. I DEFINITELY prefer whiskey to all other spirits but there is something about the Negroni that I love. Perhaps its the bitterness. Perhaps its the intensity. Perhaps its simply the gin. Whatever the reason, I forgot that I had […]

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Gin – A Brief History and the 5 Gin Drinks You Should Know

Gin – A Brief History and the 5 Gin Drinks You Should Know

Little nips of whisky, little drops of gin, Make a lady wonder where on earth she’s bin – Anonymous Gin – Iconic Beverage Outside of whiskey, Gin may be enjoying the greatest renaissance in recent memory. Dozens of boutique distillers are popping up everywhere here […]

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The Dark and Stormy and a Brief History of Rum

The Dark and Stormy and a Brief History of Rum

I wanted to reload this HH as it has been almost 3 years since I last talked about it and let’s just say a few of these beverages have been consumed since then.  I have read several books during this same stretch on the history […]

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Friday Happy Hour at Home – The Metropolitan

Friday Happy Hour at Home – The Metropolitan

I think one of the great gifts to receive unexpectedly is booze. Someone brings over a bottle of wine, a case of beer, or when cleaning out their home, unused liquor!   Recently some friends of ours were doing just that and dropped off two bottles of […]

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