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Tag Archives: Martini

• What’s Old Is New Again. The Old-Fashioned Has A Two-Century Pedigree

What’s Old Is New Again. The Old-Fashioned Has A Two-Century Pedigree

Cocktails come in many forms today, but at their root, there’s a very simple formula: spirit, sugar, water, and bitters. In that sense, the Old-Fashioned is “in form the primordial cocktail,” writes Robert Simonson (pictured) in “The Old-Fashioned.” And while the Martini and the Manhattan, he writes, “have long been recognized as owning space atop […]

• How to Decide Exactly What Type of Gin You Want

How to Decide Exactly What Type of Gin You Want

It’s far more complicated than you might think. If you order a dry martini in one of the pleasant little cocktail bars where so much modern tippling takes place, the gin in your cocktail as likely as not will be called something like “Pug” or “Devilchair” and have been imported not from England or Holland […]

• “a woman walks into a bar…” at Next Door Lounge in Hollywood

“a woman walks into a bar…” at Next Door Lounge in Hollywood

There’s some serious cocktailing going at at The Next Door Lounge. Zac Henry got his bartender stripes working his way up the Marriott hotel chain, an autodidact bartender who learned from the best, starting with JB Bandy who was responsible for training and choreographing the bartending sequences in the 1988 movie “Cocktail” starring Tom Cruise. […]

• 5 Drinks You Can Ruin By Shaking

5 Drinks You Can Ruin By Shaking

“Shaken, not stirred,” is how James Bond orders his vodka martinis in the movies. The fact is, martinis, like many “spirit forward” cocktails, are designed to be stirred. Shaking gin (or vodka) and vermouth leads to a cloudy, aerated drink with little chunks of ice in it, not the smooth, silky nectar Bacchus intended. “Unlike […]

• Sipping cocktails at 35,000ft: Airlines’ latest innovation

Sipping cocktails at 35,000ft: Airlines’ latest innovation

Airlines are enticing new customers by serving exceptional cocktails in business- and first-class flights, but mixing drinks at 35,000ft isn’t always easy. Is there anything more glamorous than sipping cocktails at 35,000ft in the air? Maybe but as far as ‘because-I’m-worth-it’ moments go, this comes high on the list. Picture it: there you are drifting […]

• Coming Up: The Manhattan Cocktail Classic in NYC

Coming Up: The Manhattan Cocktail Classic in NYC

Part festival, part fête, part conference, part cocktail party – the Manhattan Cocktail Classic is an annual celebration of the myriad points of intersection between cocktails and culture. With nearly one hundred events spread across five days and four boroughs, and a multi-day trade conference to boot – the Manhattan Cocktail Classic offers a vast […]

• “a woman walks into a bar…” at MessHall, Los Feliz

“a woman walks into a bar…” at MessHall, Los Feliz

First of all, GOOD RIDDANCE LOUISE’S! Hello, Messhall…owned by one of Louise’s owners, Rob Serritella, plus partner, Bill Chait. Names that only matter if you really care about who owns the joint. The name that really matters is the name of the guy running the bar and that name is Erik Lund. Remember that when you […]

• History of the Martini 101

History of the Martini 101

The most famous of all cocktails, the martini is the drink Americans love most. The martini is the most famous cocktail of all. It is made with either gin or vodka with vermouth. American food writer M.K.K. Fisher said, “The martini to America is what vodka is to Russia.” Its name originates, not from the […]

• All Bacardi rum supplied to U.S. bottled in Jacksonville

All Bacardi rum supplied to U.S. bottled in Jacksonville

Don Facundo Bacardi Masso purchased a small distillery in Cuba nearly 150 years ago and his legacy lives on through the Bacardi rum that is bottled in Jacksonville. The Bacardi Bottling plant in North Jacksonville produces 45,000 cases of rum daily and supplies 100 percent of the Bacardi rum that is consumed in the United […]

• Clarifying the Bartender vs. Mixologist Controversy in a Sane Way

Clarifying the Bartender vs. Mixologist Controversy in a Sane Way

I’m all for a well-made cocktail, except if it involves time, effort or money. Such is the dull attempt of Jason Kessler in his most recent Nitpicker column to draw a line between the craft of bartending and its supposed fetishism, mixology, as well as the hand-crafted cocktail and its absurd counterpart, the “potpourri-tini.” The […]

“a woman walks into a bar…” La Distillerie in Montreal

“a woman walks into a bar…” La Distillerie in Montreal

Montreal. Le Plateau. Teeming street scene. Finally, the weather’s warmed up and that, to Montrealers, is the signal to eat and drink outside. Every bar and restaurant has a front wall that folds like an accordion and tables and chairs are whisked to the sidewalk. Except my destination, La Distillerie that’s still enclosed. No matter. […]

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• And Now For Something A Little Different…Grappa Cocktails

And Now For Something A Little Different…Grappa Cocktails

Reinvent these classic cocktails with grappa. Grappa may not be the first alcohol that comes to mind when you’re planning to make martinis. But a young grappa, served chilled, can give exciting new flavours to a classic cocktail. Try it in a recipe where you’d normally use vodka and see what you think. A new […]

• Yes, Vermouth. Drink It Straight, No Chaser

Yes, Vermouth. Drink It Straight, No Chaser

Sip it solo and think beyond the Manhattan. If you think you don’t like vermouth, you’re wrong. It’s understandable. Like most folks, myself included, you’ve probably just been drinking it incorrectly for, like, ever. The road to vermouth appreciation is an easy one, though. Just follow these steps: Step One: That old bottle you’ve had […]

• NY Reminder: The Manhattan Cocktail Classic Coming Up In May

NY Reminder: The Manhattan Cocktail Classic Coming Up In May

Part festival, part fête, part conference, part cocktail party – the Manhattan Cocktail Classic is an annual celebration of the myriad points of intersection between cocktails and culture. With over one hundred events spread across five days and five boroughs, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic offers a vast array of unique experiences to enthusiasts and professionals […]

• Way to test the mettle of a bartender: ask for a classic Sidecar

Way to test the mettle of a bartender: ask for a classic Sidecar

Not to sound too curmudgeonly but what is with all these wet-behind-the-ears bartenders who don’t know the classic drinks? Listen, I think it’s swell that the newest generation of hip bartenders know how to flame an orange peel or make roasted lavender infused gin, but unless you know the old school cocktails I just can’t […]