June 21, 2011 (Day 85) — Alabazam Alabazam sounds a bit to me like a redneck “Ta-da.” This is what came up with when we Googled “Redneck Magician.” However, the Alabazam is a classic brandy-based cocktail with a nice mix of heaviness from the brandy and lightness from the citrus. Alabazam 2 oz brandy 3/4 […]

Japanese Cocktail

June 20, 2011 (Day 84) — Japanese Cocktail The Japanese Cocktail was created by bartender Jerry Thomas and appeared in the 1862 bartending tome “How to Mix Drinks, or The Bon-Vivant’s Companion.” It’s a fascinating read because it’s considered the first bartending book published in the United States. While not having anything to do with […]

Featured Best Buy Booze: E&J Brandy VSOP

June 20, 2011 — E&J Brandy I’m going to offend some people with this week’s featured Best Buy Booze. Brandy is much like scotch in the sense that people tend to be pretty obsessive over their specific brands. There also tends to be a pretty major jumpstep from certain brands to others. If you get […]


June 18, 2011 (Day 82) — Chantels For those unfortunate enough to not know about the Chantels, they were a Motown group from the 1950s who produced some great hits and still manage to make me wistful. Tonight’s drink is called Chantels because it’s a take off of the classic Shandy, which is beer and […]

Gold Rush

June 17, 2011 (Day 81) — Gold Rush When they’re done right, beertails are hella tasty cocktails that can impress visitors and fans alike. That introduction has nothing to do with tonight’s drink. Tonight’s drink makes me think of crazy toothless prospectors. Gold Rush 1 oz bourbon whiskey 1 oz vodka Smithwick’s Ale Combine all […]


June 16, 2011 (Day 80) — Beesting Sitting backstage at rehearsal, this is coming to you clandestinely! Not the drink that is. Just tonight’s post! Beesting 1/2 a pint glass of orange juice 1/2 a pint glass of Smithwick’s Combine in a chilled pint glass. Light, strong. It’s like a guy’s Mimosa!

Bitter Herbs

June 15, 2011 (Day 79) — Bitter Herbs “In the desert I saw a creature, naked, bestial, Who, squatting upon the ground, Held his heart in his hands, And ate of it. I said: ‘Is it good, friend?’ ‘It is bitter-bitter,’ he answered; ‘But I like it Because it is bitter, And because it is […]

Bloody Useless

June 14, 2011 (Day 78) — Bloody Useless This one’s short. Yup. Bloody Useless 2 oz vodka 1 oz grenadine Smithwick’s Ale to top Combine ingredients in a pint glass filled with ice and stir gently. Serve. A little bit of sweet to balance out the bitterness. Not a drink for everyone. Cheers!

Boiling Point

June 13, 2011 (Day 77) — Boiling Point We’re diving headfirst into beertail this week with a drink that is going to scare away those not used to something a little bit more intense. Unadventurous need not apply. Boiling Point 3 oz spiced rum 4 dashes Tabasco sauce Top with Smithwick’s Ale Combine all of […]

Featured Best Buy Booze: Smithwicks Ale

June 13, 2011 — Smithwicks Ale That’s right, ladies and gents. We’re making beertails this week. Because I’m a sucker for a challenge. This week’s featured booze is Smithwick’s Ale. And as anyone who has some time whipping up cocktails knows, beertails are some of the hardest drinks to make. the unique hoppy flavor of […]