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…

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…

A (Probably) True History of the Cocktail

To determine who made the first cocktail, or even what the first cocktail was, is a fool’s errand.  While many will agree that cocktails are an American invention starting with the Sazerac and Jerry Thomas’ book, How to Mix Drinks, or the Bon Vivant’s Companion in 1862, it’s been heavily written that cocktails could have…

xDarling

I’m often inspired to make drinks based on the people I have in my life.  The drinks based on different things, whether it’s a favorite thing they like, the way they make me feel, or even sometimes how they smell.  People impact you greatly, and then sometimes you never see them again.  A drink is…

Green Tease

Making homemade ingredients for your cocktail endeavors is fun and rewarding.  In the most recent of times I find myself trying to make all of my stuff from scratch.   I attended a gin seminar the other day and was fortunate enough for the class to teach how to make your own homemade gin!  They…