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…

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…

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…

Sky Buster

I originally created this cocktail for a magazine I used to write for in an attempt to break into the Food & Drink category and leave the boring subjects I was writing about.  However… they did not pick it up or consider the article, and I’m still stuck writing about show dogs. I was inspired…