Sunday, November 25, 2012

Featured Libation #108: Fall of Man

It's been almost 3 months since I've been able to order Amaro Nonino from my distributor and it finally came in last week!  I know, I know, I could always order it online but shipping usually is about half the bottle price and honestly it's not technically essential to the bar program.  But it does make some tasty cocktails.  Nonino is an amaro produced in the Fruilli region of Italy.  It has a wonderful orange essence with hints of saffron, rhubarb and gentian.  Nonino is not a rich as Averna or as complex as Amer Picon but it has a nice light flavor with a good amount of alcohol, around

Friday, November 23, 2012

Featured Libation #107: Dark Day

While tending the bar the other day, a guest ordered a classic Brown Derby.  I gave a quaint smile and mixed one up for the poor fellow, as I thought to myself that while I like the combination of rye and grapefruit, I find that the honey syrup muddles out the flavors to produce an unremarkable drink.  Rye is one of my favorite fall base spirits, and while those 3 ingredients are some of my favorites, the combination just doesn't do it for me.  I find that the forgotten Blinker tends to have more character, and it's basically the same cocktail but with raspberry syrup vs. honey syrup.  To me, this is a far

Monday, November 5, 2012

Grand-ish Garnisments for Fall Trio

 Garnishes.  I have to admit that this is one aspect of crafting a cocktail that I don't think too much about.  Not to say that my garnishes don't always have a purpose, they usually compliment my drinks in some form but it's not something that I honestly think real hard on.  Extravagant and beautiful visual enhancers are not my forte.  Joseph Tkach at Measure and Stir has obviously done quite a bit of thought on the subject, and as anyone who has read his blog knows he has a keen eye for great garnishes that are both aesthetically pleasing and have purpose to his