I love simple, classic cocktails. I’ll save you the “more is less” jargon and simply point out that the vast majority of classic cocktails rely upon four or fewer ingredients with a simple garnish. These classic cocktails have stood the test of time and have offered inspiration for thousands ... Read More »
Author: Sean Ludford
Answers to 10 essential scotch whisky questions (part one)
There is no reason to fear Scotch Whisky. Be assured that there is no secret handshake, no Gaelic password, and no initiation rights to be performed (although a kilt doesn’t hurt). Your curiosity for new flavors and experiences is all that is required. If you have made the leap to distilled spirits ... Read More »
Types of barrels used in whiskey aging production
Shandy beer cocktail: Refreshing summertime drink
Summer is here, allowing all of us who live in a four season climate to enjoy the things that only summer can bring. For me – bring on the shandy (or radler if you prefer) perhaps the greatest beer cocktail.
Like so many drinks the origins of the shandy beer cocktail are fuzzy and hotly debated. ... Read More »
Whisky cocktail recipe: Irish Siesta
This complex yet refreshing cocktail utilizes the deep and mellow flavors of blended Irish Whiskey in an unexpected way by marrying it with flavors from south of the border. I absolutely love the flavor of tamarind and the sodas created with this unique fruit. (Tamarind soda can be found in most every ... Read More »
Classic fall cocktail recipes with a twist: Brandy Stinger and Turkey in a SideCar
As the mercury falls, the days get shorter. And we could all use a tasty cocktail to warm our toes and lift our spirits. For the seasonal transition, I chose to update two classic cocktails (in dire need of makeovers) which best deliver optimal autumn satisfaction: The Stinger and The Sidecar. Both ... Read More »
Sweet rye whiskey cocktail recipe: Algonquin
This great drink shows the versatility of whiskey in cocktails and the spicy appeal of rye. The Algonquin is proof positivethat you don’t have to have a dozen ingredients to have a dozen flavors in a cocktail. It makes a great aperitif.
The Algonquin was named for the New York Hotel of ... Read More »
Session beers: Desperately seeking moderation
A Session Beer is a beer that is relatively low in alcohol (5% or lower), balanced in character, and ideally suited for enjoying one after another. I’m getting just a little annoyed by extreme beers. Do you know what I mean? I’m talking about those striving to be the “hoppiest” or the “strongest” ... Read More »
Cocktails: Getting the recipe right for the perfect drink
An expected garnish to the cocktail renaissance is the great number of cocktail recipes being published in print, online, and on coasters! The up side is that more people are making cocktails at home as opposed to a decade ago.
With exploration come the inevitable questions. At BevX our Cocktail ... Read More »
Can Grand Marnier do cherry successfully? A review of their new cognac.
The iconic liqueur Grand Marnier has determined to follow their successful holiday release of last season, Quintessence, with another limited release liqueur that is just now hitting the shelves of fine bars and retailers. While Quintessence was aimed squarely at the luxury market, their latest creation ... Read More »
Cocktail recipe: Aged Rum Old Fashioned
The Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail whose base spirit is whisky, most often bourbon. However, in the modern bar many variations exist including the use of rye, blended Scotch whisky, or brandy. Despite the many different twists, the Old Fashioned always uses a brown, wood-aged spirit as its base ... Read More »
Glossary of helpful spirits terms: A – G
Answers to many spirit questions like: what is blended whisky, difference between brandy and cognac, what is a bothie, what does bottled in bond mean, what is the angels share, what is aqua vitae, eau de vie or grappa? And other things you never knew you didn’t know.... Read More »