Musings on Cocktails

imbuing the human condition with spirit, one sip at a time
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Taste is a driving factor in our choices as consumers, in deciding what we like or how we will dress, what to eat and what to of course drink.  Taste is something which we all consider highly subjective, and there is a point to this…

Ruminations on Taste

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Sometimes you look at a recipe and think, this can’t possibly be good.  Then you taste it and realize in some sort of epiphany from a supernatural power that you were dead wrong.  In this case, it just so happens to be monks and green…

Opal

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Another older drink, this is quite easily a White Lady with pineapple juice in place of the lemon.  It works as a wonderful replacement to a gin sour. The color truly fits for this drink, which is almost a slight cream color, only given a…

White Velvet

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A fantastic and true cocktail, the East India cocktail is a rather old concoction with several variations. Found originally in Harry Johnson’s Bartender’s Manual, this cocktail appears in many different places, including but not limited to Meier’s work, Embury’s and Craddock’s.  The drink has several…

East India

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 Swizzle featuring the vegetal elixir Chartreuse, the Chartreuse Swizzle makes a fantastic long drink. More of a summer sipper, the drink is not something that makes a lot of sense as we move into the fall.  However, living in Houston, and previously in California, seasons…

Chartreuse Swizzle

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The Greyhound and Salty Dog are two interesting highballs, featuring a spirit and grapefruit juice. With either a Salty Dog or  Greyhound, you rarely see someone ordering it and even more rarely does it appear in a menu; yet bartenders are expected to know what…

Greyhound and Salty Dog

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A spin on the Sidecar, Between the Sheets is a fantastic drink. While I could subscribe to all the topical choices made by earlier cocktail bloggers and historians, id est, a mention of the sexual connotations of the name, I feel that is somewhat trite…

Between the Sheets

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If you are familiar with the band Combustible Edison, then you know this drink. There are not a lot of good drinks which revolve around the use of fire.  The Combustible Edison may be one of the few exceptions, depending on your palate.  It is…

Combustible Edison

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A cocktail comprised of rum with Fernet, Gran Gala and a demerara vanilla syrup?  Awesome. Nostalgia is a funny thing.  From Greek, the word nostalgia means a pain to return home; in many respects, while we use the term to designate a desire for returning…

Devil’s Own

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A drink featuring Aquavit paired lovingly with Applejack, this is a quintessential fall drink. “‘Letters are just pieces of paper,’ I said. ‘Burn them, and what stays in your heart will stay; keep them, and what vanishes will vanish.’” – Haruki Murakami in Norwegian Wood…

Norwegian Wood