Archive for April, 2012

Bacardi Cocktail

April 25, 2012 2 comments

It’s 1937, a mere four years since the end of prohibition, and the New York Supreme Court is holding a hearing on the legality of using any type of rum other than Bacardi to make the famous Bacardi cocktail. After hearing from a number of local NYC bartenders, some of which blasphemously claimed that they use the cheapest or handiest rums available to make a Bacardi cocktail, Justice John L. Walsh declared that “Beyond a reasonable doubt subterfuge and a fraud is subjected on the purchaser when Bacardi rum is left out of a drink listed as a Bacardi cocktail.”

The Bacardi cocktail is both vibrantly hued and flavored.

Bacardi cocktail
2 parts Bacardi white rum
Juice of a whole lime
1/2 part grenadine

Shake over ice and serve in a cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of lime.

Read more…


Homemade Infusions Parts 1 and 2

April 24, 2012 Leave a comment

I’ve been tossing around the idea of infusing my own spirits for quite a while now, but it wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago that I really put forth the effort to create a flavored spirit by aging spices/herbs with a liquor of choice. If I had known how easy and effortless it really was to create a flavorful and colorful spirit of my own, I would have done it much sooner.

I think all of this started because of my love for the wonderful, fragrant leaves of the herb known as cilantro. I had previously created a cocktail known as the cilantro margarita, which was a traditional margarita with fresh cilantro added to the mix which was then filtered out (the best I could with a shaker) before serving. The cocktail was not for the timid; the cilantro flavor was so powerful that it took complete control of the mixture. Still, my obsession with cilantro forced me to continue to go back to this Frankenstein concoction. When I finally decided to infuse my very first spirit the choice of what I would infuse seemed obvious. No longer would I have to try and filter out cilantro with my plastic cocktail shaker if I created a cilantro tequila. Thus my homemade infusion adventures began.
Read more…


April 11, 2012 3 comments

The short, refreshing, elegant Negroni has become one of my go to cocktails recently (despite the fact that my favorite local bar does not have a bartender one who can make it without my help). It’s a drink that combines two of my favorite flavors in the world, the fragrantly wonderful spirit known as gin and the bitterly beautiful concoction known as Campari. Most classy bars and restaurants will know how to throw together a Negroni for you. If you happen to come across a bar that doesn’t, read on so that you can teach your local server a thing or two.

The alluring red dice color of the Negroni.


1 part gin
1 part Negroni
1 part sweet vermouth

Shake and serve over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

Read more…