Atotonilco el Alto, Jalisco, México

Granted I was on a trip that was all inclusively provided by Patron Tequila.  Granted I was staying at their Hacienda whose housing is built like a luxury hotel, a room at any normal rate would cost more than my months rent for one night.  These gorgeous buildings developed in the early 2000s resting on…

Puerto de las Altos

I recently spent some time in Mexico on an amazing trip hosted by Patron Tequila.  We spent time in Atotonilco el Alto, a town about two hours east of Guadalajara that is known for tequila production in the highlands of Jalisco.  The trip, while led by Patron, was not at all preachy to the brand,…

Love, Whiskey, & Bacon

Brunch is in the air. Well… actually I think love is in the air. It’s Valentine’s Day next week, right? The day when cherubs flutter in the air. A day when elementary students share candies with everyone in class. A day when you don’t want to go out the night before and wake up next…

Sage & Honeysuckle Bitters

Homemade bitters are so much fun to make, and honestly not too crazy to get into.  Bitters have this sense of being overly complicated and intimidating, but I have to disagree with a lot of the alcohol and cocktail world.  As long as you take things one step at a time, things are pretty manageable….

Boulevardier

A Boulevardier is closely related to a Negroni. A traditional Negroni is built with gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. A Boulevardier substitutes the gin with whiskey. And who doesn’t love whiskey? Boulverdier 1.5oz Bourbon or Rye Whiskey .75oz Campari .75oz Sweet Vermouth Garnish: Lemon Peel Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and…

Mary Have Mercy (Negroni Week)

Negroni Week is still a little bit away (June 4 -10 this year), but I had a special request to showcase my favorite variation of a Negroni.  Before I get into that, I would like to provide some information on what Negroni Week is, because it truly is a beautiful effort to raise money for…

Sweet Potato Rosemary Maple Brown Sugar Bourbon Doughnuts

That’s a hell of a name for something.  Is it weird if I start naming desserts the way I name cocktails?  I can add a pun, or make an obscure reference I’m sure that only a handful of people will get.  I don’t know… it feels weird giving doughnuts a “name”.  We’ll just stick with…

Not Out of the Woods, Yet

Inspiration for cocktails can be challenging at times. Perfecting that cocktail can be even more challenging. I was inspired to make this through a few different sources. Firstly, Hiroyasu Kayama of Ben Fiddich is a internationally renown bartender, mixologist, and herbalist. Incorporating techniques that haven’t been seen in the modern era of cocktail making and…

The Order of Chartreuse

Chartreuse is one of those drams in life that will always leave me in good memories and with a smile. The first time I had a sip of Chartreuse was in 2015 with a local artist named Cessna Decosimo. He told me that Chartreuse was the “elixir of life” and that this drink is what…

Suntory Whisky Special Reserve Portopia ’81

I have a cousin in Japan.  He seems like a cool guy.  Him and I have similar interest when it comes to the alcohol industry, especially pertaining to whiskey.   I’ve only ever met him once when I was small kid and when he was in his late twenties, but thanks to the internet and…