Month: October 2020

Best Cherries to Try in your Manhattan, Old Fashioned, or, Really, Any Cocktail

It’s hard to miss the Halloween decorations in every store (and the pumpkin spice…well, everything). Fall is here, and winter is right on its heels. As the weather turns cold, people tend to drink a lot more alcohol. It’s also what many call “whiskey weather,” inspiring more people to reach for brown liquors. So let’s embrace the cold, shall we? With those Manha...[Read More]

The Best Vodka for Less

Vodka: the versatile clear liquor perfect for any situation. Whether you’re mixing it in a cocktail or drinking it straight, here are some great brands to try for under $100. –Crystal Head Vodka This uniquely bottled vodka comes from Globefill Inc., founded by actor Dan Ackeroyd and artist John Alexander. It’s additive-free and filtered seven times, earning this corn and wheat ma...[Read More]

Drinking with the Stars (Part 1 of ???)

Ever wondered what famous people drink? Learn a few celebrities’ go-to alcohol below. –Pierce Brosnan We all know 007’s favorite drink is a vodka martini, “shaken, not stirred.” Before this actor became the suave James Bond, Brosnan was drinking tequila while starring in Remington Steele. Today, he’s become the face of Casa Don Ramon’s high-end brand. R...[Read More]

Does the Ice in a Cocktail Really Matter?

We’ve all done it. It’s an hour before your party, and you remembered all the booze and mixers you needed. When you go to your freezer, you realize you have no ice. After muttering a string of expletives, you run out to the nearest gas station and pick up a big bag of ice. Did you do your guests a disservice? Does ice actually impact your drinks’ quality? Food Republic’s Si...[Read More]

Let’s Talk Martinis

Gin or vodka? Dry or wet? Shaken or stirred? Martinis are classic, but if you’re not a bartender, it can be confusing to start drinking them. Don’t be intimidated. The original martinis were made with gin, vermouth, bitters, maraschino liquer and a lemon garnish in the mid-1800s. It wasn’t until the 60’s that the vodka martini was popularized. Gin has an herby, complex flav...[Read More]

What’s the Deal with Vermouth?

Vermouth is a fortified wine that is used in many cocktails as a standard ingredient. While there are both “sweet” and “dry” varieties, a sweet vermouth isn’t going to taste like grenadine. Where a dry vermouth has a herbaceous flavor, sweet vermouth has a spicy, earthy taste. As you know from our post on making a Manhattan, a traditional Manhattan typically uses swee...[Read More]

How to Make a Manhattan–and How to Make it Interesting

The Manhattan is a pretty simple drink, usually including the standard whiskey, vermouth and bitters. Here’s an easy recipe to try: 2 ounces rye whiskey 1 ounce sweet vermouth 2 dashes Angostura bitters 1 marasca cherry Stir ingredients with ice, then strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with cherry. Despite what some purists may tell you, there are ways to spice up this standard recipe. For insta...[Read More]

What is a Craft Cocktail Bar, and Why Does it Matter?

People will tell you that a “craft” cocktail is just a more expensive version of a regular drink, but it’s not that simple: we’ve all been to college bars and tourist traps that charge way too much for a rail rum and coke. Those bars might even call their cocktails craft, but you’ll just be choking down the same sugary concoction with cheap booze you’d find anywhere else. Ideally, “craft” means th...[Read More]

Affordable Whiskeys to Try Now

When looking for a decent, affordable whiskey, most will reach for a name brand on the shelf. Jameson, Johnnie Walker, Jim Bean, and Jack Daniels all come to mind. Most whiskey fans will tell you these brands aren’t the best available—chalk up their reputation to good marketing, I suppose. If you’re feeling adventurous, there are many brands you’ve probably never heard of that offer great wh...[Read More]

The Possibly True History of the Manhattan

In the present day, the Manhattan recipe is so common that its history has largely been lost to time. The most famous origin story states that Lady Randolph Churchill, mother of Winston Churchill, held a party at the Manhattan Club of New York in early 1874. This is where Dr. Iain Marshall first combined rye, vermouth and bitters. Historians say Lady Randolph was very pregnant at home  in England ...[Read More]

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