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Highball is a sleek and simple recipe library app. It doesn’t start you out with a ton of (usually off-base) recipes like many cocktail apps do. When you start it for the first time, you see only a Mint Julep, a Tom Collins, and an Old Fashioned (closer than usual to […]

Review: Highball App

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    The Recipe: George J. Keppelar- Modern American Drinks (How to mix and serve all kinds of drinks and cups) – 1895 “Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail Dissolve a small lump of sugar with a little water in a whiskey-glass; add two dashes Angostura bitters, a small piece of ice, a […]

Old-Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail – Savored, not Slurped

Any idiot can drink. Any idiot plus time can drink hard (but why would anyone want to?). Drinking well takes practice. Spirits are a fascinating, complex world. I’ve found myself absolutely in love with it. It was the suave 007 aesthetic that first drew me in, but it was the […]

Learning the Language of Liquor

This week, Nicole from StGermainCellars.com is back with us. We have a great show this week: An update to the story of the Tennessee Whiskey labelling law: Spoiler alert: it stands! Our thoughts on the new Highball app by Studio Neat (on closer inspection, it looks like they do integrate twitter […]

Jiggers, the Highball app, and Tennessee Whiskey keeps its title ...

    The Recipe: Rim a glass with kosher salt 1  1/4 oz. Blanco Tequila 3/4 oz. Cointreau or other triple sec 1 1/4 oz. Fresh lime juice 3/4 oz. Simple syrup Shake with ice, strain into the rimmed glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.   Also […]

How to Make a Margarita

Tequila is a specific type of agave spirit made in specific parts of Mexico. The geographic indicator is important, because tequila made outside these areas is not real tequila, and it can’t be labeled as such. Much like champagne, cognac, or armanac, the name of the product tells you definitively […]

Tequila: What You Need to Know Now.

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  This week, we have a guest bartender in the Lucky Bug via skype: Nicole from StGermainCellars.com. We have a couple of stories about whiskey, including The end of the built-in 1800 shot “3D Printed” ice that has the Internet abuzz, A bill to repeal protections for the “Tennessee whiskey” […]

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    The Recipe: 2 oz. Gin 3/4 oz. Curacao 3/4 oz. lime juice 1 dash Angostura bitters 1 dash Orange bitters Shake over ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass or coup, and garnish with a lime zest or wheel.   There are dozens of variations on this recipe, […]

How to Make the Pegu Club

Is there anything we can eat these days? Now whole grain is off the menu? Breakfast cereals, bread, bagels: just about anything made with wheat, rye, or barley suddenly has gluten in it, and gluten’s bad for you, of course. Just listen to that word: “gluten.” It sounds like glue. […]

Which Vodkas are Gluten-Free? All of Them.

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  This week, we talk about Al Cohol. He’s a good friend. He likes you. But he needs his Netflix time, too. We also talked about the fates of Vodka and the age statements on whiskey. Speaking of aging, did you know Patron’s newest release is its oldest tequila? An accidental 7-year anejo. Listen to find out […]

March 31st, 2015- Accidental Tequila, Vodka vs. Whiskey, and ...

Recipe x oz vodka or gin + y oz dry vermouth (where y is equal to or lesser than x) 2 oz total 2-3 dashes orange bitters (optional) stir (or shake, if you’re stubborn) on ice, strain into a cocktail glass (or dump unceremoniously into a rocks glass) Garnish with […]

How to make a Martini

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If you like to make cocktails anywhere but the kitchen, you’ve probably had your ice melt too fast, so that you’re making drinks with a slushy mess. You can always get a double-wall insulated ice bucket, but they have a few distinct disadvantages:  $35. That’s enough by itself.  Tongs. You could supply […]

Make a 5-Hour-Melt-Slowing Ice Bin for Under $3!

  Want to put that new shaker to use in the daytime? Why not shake up your morning coffee? This Greek drink (not made totally traditionally) is a really refreshing start to the day!  

Coffee with Barware: How to make a Frappé

This episode features JD, founder of OnlyBitters.com, an incredible resource for bitters, tonic syrups, and shrubs,  with more to come. A quick correction: It was 4 pm for me, 8 am for him, not the other way around.

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Black Raspberry Kir Royale 1/2 oz. Black Raspberry liqueur (Chambord to be fancy) Fill dry sparkling white wine (Champagne to be fancy) Garnish with a twist of lemon This is a wonderful drink. The original base ingredient is

Black Raspberry Kir Royale

The Sidecar is a classic recipe, and there are a few ways to make it. First, this is the recipe I use: Sidecar 1 oz brandy 1 oz Cointreau (or other orange liqueur) 1 oz homemade sour mix Rim a chilled cocktail glass with sugar. Shake ingredients with ice until very cold, […]

The Sidecar

Vesper 3 oz Gordon’s gin 1 oz vodka (grain preferred over potatoes) 1/2 oz Kina Lillet Shake until very cold, strain into a chilled champagne coupe, and garnish with a long, thin twist of lemon peel. 007’s drink of choice has long been a “vodka martini– shaken, not stirred,” which […]

How to Break James Bond’s Heart with a Drink

Not much could be simpler than the Old Fashioned. The origin of the name “Old Fashioned” is from a book published in 1895, authored by George Kappeler, entitled “Modern American Drinks: How to Mix and Serve All Kinds of Cups and Drinks.” Old-Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail Dissolve a small lump of sugar with […]

The Five Worst Old-Fashioned Videos on YouTube

When you’re first interested in spirits, it can be difficult to say what you like and what you don’t. This burns and that’s sweet, what else is there to say? When I first watched a review by Ralfy on Youtube, I was a little incredulous at the ridiculous variety of flavors […]

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