Diabolo

B was looking through Robert Hess’s The Essential Bartender’s Guide the other night for something new when she ran across a rather oddly named cocktail, the Diabolo. No, not Diablo, Diabolo.  Apparently it’s named after the Yo-yo shaped juggling device.    I did a little digging around and kept running into Mr. Hess’s work.  First thing I found was his recipe on his original site, Drinkboy.com.  He mentions that the first reference to this cocktail is in the 1930’s in Harry Craddock’s The Savoy Cocktail Book.  The only problem is this drink is a very different cocktail than the one in[…]

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Negroni

Last Friday, the lab decided it needed a “spontaneous act of happy hour” at Briana’s house.  She had the comestible well in hand, which left the libation in our hands.  Knowing gin was a popular favorite with all of the revelers, my mind wandered the the Negroni. Tasty, portable and gin based. No problem. The backstory on the Negroni’s a little dubious, but still worth repeating.  According to Eric Felten’s How’s your Drink?,  A book by bartender and author Luca Picchi called Sulle Tracce de Conte gives credit for the invention of the cocktail to Count Cammillo Negroni, who asked[…]

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