Saturday, December 22, 2012

Featured Libation #109: Old Fashioned Mexican Standoff

I've had this recipe in my notes for quite some time now, like 6 months or so, and I figured it was time to give it a try, especially since it was supposed to be the end of the world yesterday and all.  It's not that I am particularly lazy or really too busy, it's just that I am not a huge fan of tequila.  Maybe it's because when we're young and naive, we think we're super cool drinking shot after shot of what is most likely the most God awful and cheap shit you can get?  Chances are, if it's named after a famous Mexican figure or revolutionist, it's probably not top shelf stuff.  Maybe because more

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Cocktail Carol

While everyone is out pushing through busy shopping centers, searching for this years hard to get toy for little Timmy, we mixologists are looking for the nearest watering hole.  Forget the latest Barbie, or the latest talking, dancing, back flipping or whatever the hell toys do nowadays, I say "Bah Humbug!" to all that.  At least, that's the theme for this months Mixology Monday; MxMo LXVIII:  Humbug, brought to us by Rated R Cocktails, JFL.  Here's what

Monday, December 10, 2012

Ingredient Intimidation: Fernet

I'm willing to bet that if you were to ask any bartender or enthusiasts which ingredient they find most challenging to work with, hands down the number one answer would be Fernet.  Fernet is both a bartenders best friend and worst enemy in one.  We love the uber bitter aftertaste, and the complex flavors of mint, menthol, gentian, chamomile, herbs and what have you (of course no one is truly certain of what is all in there), but we sometimes dread mixing with it as it can easily take over a cocktail with little effort.  There in lies the wonderful challenge of crafting the perfect cocktail with