Hemingway vs. Difford

There are numerous series of drinks that go by the moniker Daiquiri, though some have the same basic outline some are completely their own stand alone cocktail. The best example is the Hemingway Daiquri. Legend goes that one day Ernest Hemingway wanted something a little extra in his drink and the bartender whipped up his…

A Daiquiri by any other name is still as Great

This summer has been filled with Rum. Everyone around has been messing with Tiki Drinks and revisiting classic Rum cocktails such as The Presidente, but another classic everyone has put in the forefront is the Daiquri.  Long gone are the days of bad Rum with Sour Mix and a random diner packet of sugar, behind…

Oh man, that’s a good Manhattan

Everyone makes Manhattans. Everyone has their own recipe and methodology. There’s often the question of Boker’s vs. Angostura vs. Abott’s. Then we get into the details of Ryes, Bourbons, with cherry or without, and further still, what type of cherry! By the time you finish with all these discussions you’re already too weary to mix…

Old Man and The Sea

This Summer was a visit into Daiquiris, both frozen and shaken, Tiki drinks and everything else rum. As part of my cocktail menu I decided on working on a few Daiquiris but, wanted something to express itself differently. Something floral and bright and could be imbibed in quick succession. Creme de Violette and blueberries. Every…

We are craftsmen.

Last night the Cocktail world lost a great pioneer, Sasha Petraske. Although I don’t have a personal experience with Sasha Petraske, I did have the fortune to stumble into Milk and Honey on 23rd a few years back. I was overwhelmed by the magnitude of this bar. There will always be a strive to move…

Cool like a cucumber 

In the last post we made cucumber beer. Now that we have it, what do we do with it? Hereis a quick suggestion.    Silver Mule 1 1/2 oz. Nolet’s Silver Gin 3/4 oz. Freshly pressed Lime Juice  2 oz. Cucumber beer If you have a copper mule mug, now is the perfect time to…

Let’s make something strange

Ginger beer. Everyone loves ginger beer, it’s spicy, refreshing and peppery. So whilst reading The Bar Book by Jeffery Morganthaler I saw his recipe for ginger beer and thought to try my hand at it. Something happened and I failed. There wasn’t any effervescence.  So back to the drawing board, I was juicing cucumbers when…