Summer is officially here, and one of the first things I reach for behind the bar is tequila. Whether you like to sip a nice aged anejo neat or prefer your tequila crystal clear and frozen in a margarita while at the beach, its definitely the spirit of summer. With so many brands to choose from, every little gimmick counts and so you may have noticed advertisements for 1800 Tequila in the past featuring Soprano’s star Michael Imperioli. One of the coolest features of 1800 Tequila that was highlighted in its ad campaign was the bottle’s ability to pour a shot when turned upside down. In this case the top doubled as a shot glass. …Read More
The Daiquri hails from Cuba where it was invented by an American businessman during the Spanish-American war. It has since acquired a bit of fame and was rumored to be one of Hemingway’s favorite drinks. Given Hemingway’s voracious appetite for booze, I can’t imagine that he had only one favorite drink. The original Daiquri was a simple, yet delicious drink, consisting of only three ingredients – rum, lime and sugar – served shaken and in a cocktail glass. Clearly, this is a drink that has taken on a life of it’s own in the last hundred plus years. But, I do have to admit that on a hot day, the blended Daiquri is pretty tasty as well. …Read More
Tomorrow is Bastille Day! In honor of French Independence Day, this week’s drink is the Champagne Cocktail. The Champagne Cocktail combines two of France’s best contributions to the world of booze – Champagne and Cognac! While the recipe says that the Cognac is optional, it really isn’t. The drink is much better with Cognac, but seriously, what isn’t? So, raise a toast to the French – Viva La France!
With so many brands focused on adding flavors to their collection we sometimes forget about “the original flavored spirit” but Southern Comfort is ready to reclaim its title. Keeping it fresh and innovative is key in the spirits industry and so Southern Comfort has stepped up to the plate after releasing SoCo Lime in 2010, SoCo Fiery Pepper in 2011 and now its latest offering, SoCo Cherry.
July 10th marks Pina Colada Day! The Pina Colada is the perfect blend of pineapple, coconut cream, rum and ice! I have to admit that a virgin Pina Colada (without the rum) is pretty delicious as well. Thanks to some medical issues and crazy antibiotics, I was forced to drink virgin drinks on a recent vacation. The virgin Pina Colada was the best of the bunch. Given the heatwave sweeping America, a Pina Colada would be the perfect way to keep the whole family cool and refreshed with virgin Pina Coladas for the kiddies and Pina Coladas with kick from the parents. …Read More
This week’s book pick is Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes, an appropriate pick given the sweltering heat consuming most of the United States. I love milkshakes, actually, I really love malts, and was pretty excited to see this book show up. Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes covers everything from the basics, chocolate shake anyone, to the exotic, ever try a raspberry rose shake. We tried a few of the recipes and it is clear that Adam Ried, author of Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes, knows his stuff. …Read More
July 4th weekend is upon us and we’ve compiled a collection of all-American cocktails to celebrate our nation’s birthday. From Manhattan to Honolulu and points in between, explore the USA in cocktails, punches and other drinks.
If we are missing our your favorite, feel free to share it with us!
40+ Cocktails to Celebrate the USA
With Independence Day around the corner we felt this appropriately named cocktail made with American Gin distilled in Philadelphia fit the bill. The American Beauty is refreshing blend of Bluecoat gin, fresh lemon juice, raspberries and mint accentuates the seasonal bounty while paying homage to stars and stripes.
Happy 4th of July!