Satan’s Whiskers

With the start of the new year, it’s time to resume blogging.  Last year was not an epic year for the blog, though we had some good moments.  To kick the new year off, I decided (B actually told me) to change the theme.  We’ll see if this one has legs. I also realized that probably the very first cocktail I found to make for B hadn’t been blogged about, a Satan’s Whiskers.  I first ran across this one on Robert Hess’ DrinkBoy.com site.  He subsequently made a video as part of his Cocktail Spirit series for SmallScreenNetwork.  At some[…]

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,900 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 32 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the complete report.

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Caipirinha

Labor Day has decide to turn up the heat here and I decided something need to be done (and hopefully in a way that would result in a post).  I to thinking about who does heat and holidays better than anyway and I immediately thought of Brazil, which in turn caused me to think our friend Karen who has spent more time there than was probably good for Brazil, but hey, it’s a big country.  She was the one who taught me how to make and pronounce the “National Drink of Brazil” (sorry, I am pretty sure you can’t write[…]

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The Liberal

Devotees of the blog will doubtless know the esteem in which I hold the Manhattan, which is why we rather assiduously avoid frivolous knockoffs.  Devotees, however, will also know my predilection for quirky and esoteric booze, hence the conflict.  B & I wound up with a bottle of Torani Amer, a version of the original French Amer Picon that is currently unavailable, at least here in the States.  It’s a sufficiently worthy ingredient consider a Manhattan riff.  Torani is a orange bitter liqueur that is a bit like Curaçao, but bitter rather than sweet. We found The Liberal in Ted[…]

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Champagne Whiskey Punch

Summer is the season for festive and refreshing (if slightly frivolous) imbibing with great friends.  I originally made this frivolously festive tipple a couple years back for the adherents of the Bacchic Villa after finding the recipe in an issue of Imbibe Magazine.  Apparently this marvelous potation is the creation of one Joy Richard, a member of some standing of an even more fantastic society, LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails). Unfortunately, when I made it, I was in no fit state to take a picture of the creation for the blog, so it fell last weekend[…]

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Django Reinhardt

It has been a bit hot here lately.  And by a bit, I mean “cook you brain/even the cactus looks PO’d hot”.  So when B & I were thinking about what to drink, it had to be something on the lighter side, but as it was evening,  we wanted something a with a bit of complexity as well. This leads us to our third of four installments where we try out the winners of Imbibe Magazine’s “Simple 4 Ingredient Cocktails” challenge.  So far we have taken the High Noon and  The Graduate for a spin and both were impressive.  This[…]

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Whoa, Nellie!

As even the occasional reader of this blog can attest, we generally are a bit circumspect when it comes to newly minted cocktails.  When we were reading Ti Adelaide Martin and Lally Brennan’s book, In the Land of Cocktails, and they described being at Lally’s house for the first Marti Gras after Katrina and wanting to make a new cocktail and enlisting the help of Ted, “Doc Cocktail” Haigh to come up with one, we thought this should definitely merit an exception.  As an aside, in addition to the cocktail having respectable amount of hooch in it, Nellie Valentine was their grandmother, so[…]

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Pegu Club

The last post on the blog, Intro to Aperol, by Audrey Saunders at Pegu Club, got me thinking about the name sake of that establishment:  the orginal Pegu Club, in Burma. The 1930 edition of Harry Craddock’s The Savoy Cocktail Book (I have the reprint edition) describes it as “The favorite cocktail of the Pegu Club, Burma, and one that has travelled, and is asked for, round the world.”.  Well, who am I to question Harry Craddock. Pegu Club Cocktail 2 oz. Dry Gin 1 oz. Curaçao 1 tsp. Lime Juice 1 dash Angostura Bitters 1 dash Orange Bitters Shake[…]

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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 Income Tax Cocktail

The tax man cometh here at CocktailswithM. And by way of balm to solace our ragged nerves, we have today’s post. After a bit of digging in to the back story on the Income Tax cocktail, I have to confess to be about as stymied  as I was on Form 8949 of Schedule D.  The recipe we used came from Ted Haigh’s Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails.  In it, he claims he and a friend of his Richard Corsini did quite a bit of research before identifying this cocktail as the Income Tax.  Originally they called it a “Bronx with[…]

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