Monthly Archives: February 2014

February 26


Picking up where we left off last time, the Martinez, compounded from sweetened gin and sweet vermouth, is not only an offspring of the Manhattan, but it is also purported to be the antecedent to the Martini. As others have suggested, Gary Regan may have said it best in his seminal work, The Joy of […]

February 21


Geninez 1:3 1In the beginning there was rye and sweet vermouth. 2And the cocktail was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the Barkeep. And the Spirit of Bartender moved upon the face of the firewaters. 3And Bartenders said, Let there be Manhattan: and there was Manhattan. 4And Bartenders drank the […]

February 18

Much Ado About Stirring Time

I tossed a lot of vodka down the drain last night. But not for the reasons you may first think. There was a question that was keeping me awake at night. A question with ominous overtones. A question that, to my chagrin, lacked an answer having real consensus. How long should I stir a cocktail? An oft […]

February 12

Cubed Old-Fashioned

To wrap up the Old-Fashioned motif, I’ve decide to conclude with one of Jamie Boudreau’s variations on the time-honoured classic. Mr. Boudreau, a fellow Canadian originally hailing from Montréal, has fashioned a cocktail using the Old-Fashioned framework, but has tripled the number of spirits and bitters. What’s more, he’s captured the essence of the Old-Fashioned […]

February 10

Cole’s Old-Fashioned

You may recall that in my last post, I remarked that “Old-Fashioned recipes are like assholes – everyone’s got one.” Well, as it turns out (not much to my surprise), I am not alone in my quest to assuage the strain of fatherhood through intoxicating beverage. Heavens, no. Hence, I am inaugurating a new guest […]

February 08

Old-Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail

Ah, the Old-Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail. As opposed to the Whiskey Cocktail, one would assume. Wait, let’s take a step back. Let’s drop the “Whiskey” adjunct and begin with just “Cocktail” for a moment. Bear with me. The earliest mention of a “cocktail”, i.e. the first instance in which this term was defined in print, was […]

February 04


The Louisiana House of Representatives ratified a momentous bill in March, 2008: Sixty-two wise and enlightened members of the House won a majority vote over 33 daft, senseless, borderline psychotic individuals, thus affirming that the Sazerac – the renowned blend of rye whiskey, Peychaud’s bitters and absinthe – is New Orleans’ official cocktail. Well done. […]