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bourbon – rye

My favorite category, cocktails that rely on American bourbon and rye for backbone.

The Brown Derby Cocktail

Why would a posh LA restaurant name a popular cocktail after a competitor?

At some point in the mid-1930s, the exclusive Vendome Club did just that. The Vendome—sort of a west-coast 21—started serving a version of the whiskey sour named after one of its Hollywood neighbors: the Brown Derby.
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The velvet glove — Chatham Artillery Punch

Are you ready to take on one of the grandest, and most insidious, punches of all?

It’s whiskey, brandy, rum, and Champagne all bundled up together. The result is Chatham Artillery Punch, a tricksy and seductive charmer—an iron fist in a velvet glove. Continue reading “The velvet glove — Chatham Artillery Punch”

The Handsome Devil

I love that scene in Amadeus where the Emperor chastises Mozart for using “too many notes.” That cracks me up. Continue reading “The Handsome Devil”

Trinity Bitters and the Older Fashioned Cocktail

I first encountered Nick Kosevich’s cocktails back in the days when he tended bar at Town Talk in south Minneapolis. (In fact, it was Kosevich’s Sidecar that inspired my first Cold Glass article in 2009.) His back bar was lined with dropper bottles and dashers, evidence of his fascination with tinctures, bitters and flavorings. Continue reading “Trinity Bitters and the Older Fashioned Cocktail”

The mystery of the Old Pal cocktail

Sometime back I wrote up one of my favorite whiskey drinks, the 1794 Cocktail. At the time, I thought of the 1794 as an improvement of the classic Boulevardier, but it might be just as accurate to think of it as a variant of an even older drink: the Old Pal. Continue reading “The mystery of the Old Pal cocktail”

Making Eggnog for New Year’s

I made eggnog this season, for the first time. It was a revelation—I had no idea that homemade eggnog was so different from the commercial stuff, or that it could taste this good.

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An evening with the Rye Witch

I’ve been enjoying the Rye Witch, one of Jim Meehan’s originals from his PDT Cocktail Book.

The “witch” part of the name comes from one of the components, Liquore Strega. (“Strega,” by the way, is the Italian word for “witch,” and there is an amusing story there. Continue reading “An evening with the Rye Witch”

Is the Manhattan too sweet for you? Try the Lafayette Cocktail

If you like Manhattans, but sometimes find them a bit sweet, perhaps the Lafayette Cocktail is your next best friend.

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Remember the Maine

Remember the Maine is built on the Manhattan model, with a delightful, surprising substitution for the bitters: absinthe and Cherry Heering.

Remember the Maine has been around since before Prohibition, and probably since before the 20th Century, Continue reading “Remember the Maine”

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