Whiz-Bang

Whiz-Bang

August 25, 2013 (Day 107) – Whiz-Bang The term Whiz-Bang first showed up in the popular vernacular (or, at least as far linguists can tell) around 1915. It’s used to describe a “one that is conspicuous for noise, speed, excellence, or startling effect.” It also re-entered the lexicon around the 1960s when The Music Man […]

New Brunswick

New Brunswick

August 22, 2013 (Day 105) – New Brunswick New Brunswick is a thriving maritime city in Quebec. New Brunswick the drink uses maple syrup. That seems kind of racist. Jingoist, whatever. Add to it the huge number of Scots in Canada, we’re not sure how to feel about this drink’s namesake. We are sure what […]

Devil’s Delight Cocktail

Devil's Delight Cocktail

August 10, 2013 (Day 93) – Devil’s Delight Cocktail This version of the recipe appears in the 1935 book What Shall We Drink by Magnus Bredenbek. 1 oz scotch whiskey 1 oz Bacardi rum 1 oz orange bitters 1 tablespoon gum syrup (Quick note: 1 oz of orange bitters is a bit ridiculous. We’d recommend just […]

Highland Fling

highland_fling

May 10, 2013 (Day 2) – Highland Fling Thanks to the hooklike words and catchy rhythms of Spamalot, Monty Python is the only thing we can think of whenever we hear the term “Highland Fling.” Because, you know Monty Python AND Broadway Musicals are the way you get the laaaaaadieees. Nevertheless, the Highland Fling is both a dance […]

Laphroaig Part Three: The Verdict

laphroaig

So, after two weeks of playing around with the powerful smoke of the Laphroaig 10 Year, the question still remains – is it worth putting into your cocktails? Our answer: a resounding yes. Laphroaig is an excellent cocktail scotch because it’s outstanding when sipped by itself, but gives a powerful smoke and iodine note that […]

Laphroaig Part Two: Bantam

bantam

As we near the amateur hockey season (which is the highlight, as the NHL appears to be on its way to another lockout) you’ll forgive us if our minds turn to the ice and all that comes with the best sport on ice. Or, if you ask us, it’s more the best sport ever. So, […]

Laphroaig Part Two: Kilt Royale

kilt_royale

Lazy puns are sometimes the best way to get through to people like us. In fact, that’s how we usually communicate in the Cocktails, 365 test lab. There’s very few instances of what anyone would actually call “conversation” or “complete sentences.” It’s mostly, you know, one-off jokes and shitty puns. So we are absolutely unapologetic […]

Laphroaig Part Two: Smoke and Toddy

smokeandtoddy

As it turns to September, thoughts start to turn to fall. As such, we’re here to set up your arsenal with some toasty cool-weather drinks. Unfortunately, in our house the change of seasons also means the start of head colds. A book agent once told me her father’s favorite recipe for a head cold was […]

Laphroaig 10 Year Part Two: Dry Rob Roy

dryrobroy

Because the Laphroaig does offer up such a unique flavor profile, it only seems fair to feature in a cocktail that really focuses on the quality and flavor of the scotch as opposed to any complex mixing styles. The Rob Roy (or, essentially a Manhattan with scotch) really puts the Laphroaig 10 Year front and […]

Laphroaig 10 Year Part One: Taste Test

laphroaig

There are those who claim that the mere act of mixing a cocktail is an affront to the liquor that’s being used to mix. Doubly so for single malt scotches. However, we like say “screw tradition” and there are some great single malts out there that make excellent bases. We’ve proven in the past that […]