A quick post – we cannot thank The Noble Experiment enough for a handy dandy list of cocktail books in the public domain. Cheers!
Words such as “handcrafted” and “artesian” and “small batch” can often be chalked up to clever marketing tactics. After all, there’s often times a good chance that your “small batch” whiskey isn’t actually small batch. Several articles have even been done on the fact that a good number of “micro-distilleries” actually buy a product from […]
June 9, 2013 (Day 30) – The Ford Cocktail Hailing from George Kappler’s Modern American Drinks (1895), the Ford Cocktail does not (obviously, to our history buffs) refer to Henry Ford of motorcar fame. Ted Haigh posits in his wonderful book Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails that it may have been named after Malcolm Webster […]
June 8, 2013 (Day 29) – Improved Gin Cocktail We’re going back to the old, old, incredibly old school beats of where the term “cocktail” actually originated. You see, a cocktail, in the classic definition, isn’t anything close to the umbrella term we use today, dedicated to every single mixed drink that included alcohol. No, […]
June 7, 2013 (Day 28) – Whiskey Smash The Professor Jerry Thomas described smashes as “a julep on a small plan.” Once you see the ingredients you’ll notice the similarities between this and just about any number of julep. (Adjustments in recipe are made, following the conversion that appear in Imbibe! by David Wondrich) 1/2 […]
June 5, 2013 (Day 26) – The Aviation No. 2 We’re going to go ahead and call this The Aviation No. 2 as it’s not the original Aviation, however it was the one that was massively popular post-prohibition. You see, the original Aviation used créme de violette which gave the drink a lovely light-blue hue. […]
June 3, 2013 (Day 25) – Long-Range Cocktail This recipe is taken from the 1895 book Modern American Drinks by George J. Kappeler. Annotations are our own for clarification between classic and modern terms. 2 dashes gum syrup 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters 1 pony (1 oz) Italian (sweet) vermouth 1/2 pony (0.5 oz) Absinthe 1/2 […]