Mole Bitters?

You’ve undoubtedly seen various kinds of Mole Bitters. A spiced bitter chocolate nuanced cocktail supplement made to evoke a sense of warmth and uniqueness. If you happen to be unfamiliar with Mole it’s a Mexican staple that combines chilies with chocolate, herbs and other seasonings.  So why am I talking to you about something that’s…

Something Shaken

Ramos Gin Fizz. We have all heard of the drink, we have all read the tale of it being a twelve minute drink usually taking an army of willing bar patrons taking turns shaking until exhaustion. As amazing as these tales are I think maybe it wouldn’t be as hospitable in today’s cocktail bar. Especially…

Halloween Bartender Bingo! 

Many of us in the industry end up bartending during Halloween and it can be equally fun and dreadful. So in hopes to make it a little more cheery and cheeky I made some bartender bingo cards.  Even if you’re not behind the stick tonight, play along!!!                            

Salt + Bitter

Most times we think salt with cocktails like a margarita. Never whiskey or rum or gin. There is a science behind this though. Salt does soften the bite from bitter compounds. Think coronas with salt and lime.  Better yet the best example is The Paloma. The Paloma can be argued as a true Mexican cocktail,…

What’s up with that shake?

Shaking drinks. Shaking drinks. Shaking drinks. We all shake our drinks. As just as there are many cocktails so are there many kinds of shaking. I can not for one tell you how to shake. There’s a certain rhythm you find and a certain showmanship you develop with every pulverized cocktail inside a tin. Before…

The Drinking Dead

Darkness falls across the land The midnight hour is close at hand Creatures crawl in search of blood To terrorize y’all’s neighborhood And whosoever shall be found Without the soul for getting down Must stand and face the hounds of hell And rot inside a corpse’s shell The foulest stench is in the air The…

Rum is for Drinking not Burning

Senses Fail reference aside, rum is for drinking. And this summer was full of a lot of rum drinking. Hashtag: RumForTheHills.  It was only last night that it came to mind that I missed a few riffs. One in particular. Rum Aviation. For this recipe I’m going to be using lime instead of lemon juice….

Cool Brew

(Clip from justcocktails.org ) I think nitrous oxide was used for a while primarily in making foams and such during the height of the molecular mixology thing, so of course I jumped on the bandwagon. As fun as foams are, there’s a characteristic that is dismissed. The aeration available and flavor intensity from using nitrous. Dave Arnold…

Hot or Cold? 

Cold brew. Everyone is on a cold brew kick. If you aren’t familiar with cold brew the concept is pretty easy to get on with. Starting with your favorite coffee or espresso or blend, you measure some out and stir it into chilled distilled water. You let it rest for a few hours and strain…

Theorectical and Conceptual

“Something Sour, Something Sweet, Something Strong and Something Weak and a Little Spice to make it Nice” The above axiom has always been a quick mnemonic device for creating a balanced drink. The layout is primarily used for creating punches but, it works equally as well for short drinks and long drinks. The larger problem…