Sunday, January 29, 2012

Knockout Punch

Punch.  To most, they probably imagine a room full of adolescent, runny nosed screamers huddling over a giant bowl of basically sugar with some fruit juice thrown in for good measure.  Or perhaps something served with numerous flavored rums, some coconut and fruit juice at a Bahama Breeze or some other unscrupulous pseudo Tiki lounge.  In actuality punch is a long standing tradition first conceived in India where it was mostly tea based, and brought to England and the Americas where we were introduced

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Thoughts on an ImPORTant Ingredient

O.K., it's nothing new to see port as an ingredient in cocktails, though, you don't see too many of them.   Look through some vintage cocktail books like those from "The Professor", A.K.A., Jerry Thomas and you'll see some listed there, as well as Harry Craddocks' 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book.  In the early days of the cocktail when there were so few ingredients readily available, even to a well

Saturday, January 21, 2012

An Ode to Prohibition & The Speakeasy

Prohibition....while considered to be the "dark ages" of the cocktail world, there came the light to the path for which all thirsty travelers now walk.  If not for Uncle Sam's decision to outlaw all liquor except for that used in medical and industrial purposes, the Speakeasy might of never existed, at least in the fashion to which it did in those days.  While cocktails were definitely becoming more refined