Americano

The last throws of summer have been unrelentingly hot here, leading us to want something more on the light and refreshing side for our afternoon imbibing. We have don’t a number of spritzes already, including the the Venetian Spritz, the  Bitter Intentions and  the  Negroni Sbagliato, so we decided to go with a classic this time. The Americano, like the Negroni, was born from the Milano-Torino cocktail invented in 1860’s by Campari creator, Gaspare Campari, at his Caffè Campari bar in Milano. The original is just equal parts Campari and Punt e Mes sweet vermouth. Add gin and it’s a[…]

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Crux

B and I were thumbing through several of our cocktail volumes looking for a suitable tipple to kick off 2017, when we came across the Crux in Robert Hess‘s The Essential Bartender’s Guide.  It looked promising.  Nice classic cocktail structure; at least one odd-ball booze.   What’s not to love. I got to looking into the cocktail, and it doesn’t appear to be particularly vintage.  A quick perusal of the Dubonnet website gives credit to it to Death & Co., NYC.  It is not currently on their menu, but their “About” page says that they opened in 2006, so it’s less than ten[…]

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Negroni Sbagliato

As summer is winding to a close (okay, we live in California; please don’t hate us. Okay, go ahead.) we thought we would have one more fling with the those classics of summer frivolity, the spritz.  This item we are going with probably one of our favorites, the Negroni Sbagliato. We got the recipe out of Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, with Recipes by Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau.  They retell (via the current owner and son of the alleged inventor) a pretty great story about Mirko Stocchetto, owner of the Bar Brasso in Milan, inventing the drink the[…]

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Rosita

There are few things that say summer more to me than tequila. And good tequila (not the bottle of liquid stupid that we all drank way too much of in college) needs no help. Just a warm summer evening and a glass.  It doesn’t need salt or a lime or the scantily clad body of a coed, though a lime isn’t an all together unpleasant accessory.  So, with that in mind, if I am going to make a cocktail with tequila, it has to be a good one. Something that comes together into that gestalt to magically show off the[…]

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Bitter Intentions

It’s been hot here.  And not just the usual “No problem; it’s a dry heat” hot, but that your eyes are hot; you can cook your brain kind of hot.   And it’s June. Looks like it could be a long one, so best make certain we have a sufficient cache of summer recipes.   To that end, I turned once again to B’s anniverary gift, Baiocchi and Parisea’s book Spritz.  I was looking for something involving lemons and came across Bitter Intentions, a creation of Bobby Heugel, proprietor of Anvil Bar and Refuge in Houston.    This little tipple uses a[…]

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Venetian Spritz

Summer’s decidedly underway here, and to celebrate (actually an anniversary gift), B gave me a copy of Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, with Recipes.   We decided to go for a couple of classics, before wading into the modern machinations. Spritz’s originally started out in the 1800’s as a way to weaken the local wine when a bunch of Austrian’s found themselves trying to govern Veneto (Italy) with wine that was rather stronger than they were used to.  By the early 1900’s, the invention of soda siphons made it possible to add fizz to still wines.  Over the intervening decades,[…]

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The Edgewood

In looking over our list of possible cocktails, I ran across one we had been considering for quite a while.  Today’s entry is actually the modern creation of  bartender Greg Best, then of Holeman & Finch in Atlanta and appeared in Imbibe Magazine in 2009.  We actually tried (and photographed) it back it 2011, and had to have another go at it today as a refresher.  And a good decision it was.  What first attracted me to this modern potation was it’s classic style…just a few venerable old ingredients, with a twist (the grapefruit and the Lillet) to give it[…]

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Intro to Aperol

B & I were looking through the liquor cabinet in search of inspiration this Sunday and came across our bottle of Aperol.  A quick perusal of our blog revealed an omission of a really great cocktail gem.  Although not, in strictest terms, a vintage cocktail (originally being published around 2009, according to DrinkBoy.com), its existence is flows directly from the utterances of one of the deities of the vintage cocktail movement, Audrey Saunders of New York’s Pegu Club—a fact that also makes this tipple unique in the pantheon of cocktails, a verifiable provenance. As the name suggests, this cocktail is[…]

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The Russell Cocktail

This is a CocktailswithM first—a cocktail of our own creation.  Normally we stay away from this because 1) in more than a century of mixing a limited number of ingredients together, it’s probably already been done, and 2) if it hasn’t been written down  before, it probably sucks.   That being said, an occasion arose for violating this sensibility.    Last spring I ran across articles in both Imbibe Magazine and by David Lebovitz describing how to make an Italian green walnut liqueur called Nocino—Lebovitz calls it liqueur de noix, as he lives in Paris.  As green walnuts are readily available for[…]

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Aperoni

B forwarded me a post from Michael Rhuhulman’s blog about a Berkshire Martinez from last April, which was his take on the classic Martinez cocktail.  Apparently this post was inspired by a robust (such as 140 characters will allow) Twitter discussion of his previous post on The Perfect Martini started by Gerry Jobe, bartender at RauDZ.  I was preparing to give the Martinez a whirls when I caught passing comment by Jobe that a “Punt e Mes for its bitter quality works extremely well with Aperol (substituted for Campari) as a Negroni variation”.  Well, I’m always game for cocktails that[…]

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