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Dating Mixology: Building the Home Bar

 

Why Have a Home Bar?

Have you ever wanted to build your own home bar?  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to seem like a magician to your friends, family, and significant other?  Blackberry champagne cocktails on a Sunday morning, spicy, buttery old fashioneds on a Thursday night.  Pomegranate Mojitos on a warm summer evening.  Imagine you meet someone, you find out…

Cocktails : Ramos Gin Fizz

Cocktails : Ramos Gin Fizz The Ramos is one of my favorite cocktails, partially because it’s always fun to order it with someone who isn’t a cocktail geek, and watch the cavalcade of emotions as they taste it. Most people have never had egg in a cocktail before, or tried orange flower water, or are aware that Gin, like Old Tom, can be sweet. The combination of all those sensations at once, and that ineffable consistency, which feels like a cross between the lightest milkshake you’ve ever experienced and a meringue, already dissolved in your mouth, leaves a startling, polarizing impression. It’s a difficult drink to make, so here’s the recipe and a video of the process.

Using the Sous Vide Cooking Technique to Percolate Cocktails

Every once in a while, I’ll read a game changing article about Mixology. This one comes from Brian Van Flandern who was recognized as “America’s top Mixologist” by the Food Network.

Brian talks about infusions, and specifically how they’re everywhere these days. I couldn’t agree more, we did a Masquerade Event for Halloween, and the two drinks we featured, Buffy the Vampire Slayer…

Pimm’s Winter Cider

 

When I walked outside this morning, fresh frost covered the leaves and shimmered in the light. It was cold, but the air was fresh, and clean. I didn’t want to drink another batch of warm cider, eggnog, or buttered rum, and I’d had my share of allspice. Instead, I wanted to opt for a drink that was a little more refreshing.
Pimm’s recently (2005) released their Winter cup, which has a…

Are you against Mixology?

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There’s a really popular essay, making the blog rounds, called “Against Mixology,” by Sarah Deming.  It’s an important essay to read for all Mixologists, because it sums up the critiques and angry customers that have challenged the movement from the beginning.  Her words are in italics, and my responses are in bold.

When I walk into a SoHo gallery, I expect…

The Yoga of Alcohol: Drinking to Live Longer + Better

The following article was written by our friend Or Geshury – of the Mixology Wine Institute in Philadelphia, PA and discusses some the “connections” between Yoga and alcohol. Check it out and please leave a comment below and let us know how you feel about this. Do you think that Or’s points are legit? Is their space in living yoga for drinking?

Why Yoga:

There’s a part in t…

Jell-O Shots + Art = Yes

When you cross the boundary from Bartender to Mixologist, you pass through a gate:

Abandon all shots ye who enter here.

Of the 25 essential drinks covered in the Barsmarts training module, 0 are shots. In all of our 100+ posts, none have been about shots.  Tony Abou-Ghanim’s classic The Modern Mixologist suggests them only in basic bar ware, and as a receptacle for Limoncello.  What…

Old and New, Borrowed and Blue at APO

I had just started working “seriously” at MWI, thinking that maybe Mixology was kind of interesting after all and that my family’s company was maybe worth more than the summers I was free to work there.  I met kind of a lanky guy, with coke bottle frames and the largest, most eccentric handwriting I’ve ever seen.

He majored in Philosophy at Swarthmore, and lately he was working at…

Can a Man’s drink be pink?

Although historically the Hemingway Daiquiri is just a daiquiri (rum, lime, sugar), with double the rum, and no sugar AKA a “papa double,” it hasn’t stopped us from moving on from the requisite blandness of this drink (essentially a rum gimlet).  This is my favorite variation:

 

2 1/2 jiggers white rum (Note, a Jigger here is 1.5 oz.)
Juice of two limes
Juice of 1/2 ruby…

Knob Creek: The Honor of Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was born here, in Knob Creek, Kentucky:

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That’s right.  Knob Creek.  Like the bourbon.  As a boy Lincoln would even run lunch down to his dad when he was working at the little distillery a mile down from the farm.  After he ran for…