Tag Archives: bitters

January 21

Dave Matthews

I didn’t make it back to my hometown of Fredericton, New Brunswick this past holiday season (Lord, it seems like a long time ago now). I can’t remember the reason. Something about $2400 worth of plane tickets and traveling with 2½-year-old and 2-month-old girls in shitty weather. Yeah, that was it. As such, although it […]

April 23

Vieux Carré

We’re in the home stretch now. Welcome to Part 6 of 7 of the seemingly interminable series I began featuring the “Drinks We Drank at Drink.” The Vieux Carré was my first cocktail at Drink and was made for me based on my preference for rye and amari. What’s that? Italian amaro isn’t an ingredient […]

April 17

Bohemian

Alright folks, welcome to part 5 of 7 of the “Drinks We Drank at Drink” series that’s been in progress since I returned from the glorious city of Boston some weeks ago. The subject of this post was a cocktail that was prepared for another of my dear friends – a man who is both […]

April 06

Toronto

Yonge Street, Bloor Street, Queen Street, King: Catch an itchy monkey With a piece of string. Eaton’s, and Simpson’s, And Honest Ed’s: Give him his pyjama pants And throw him into beds! – Dennis Lee, “Bed Song” from Alligator Pie Fellow readers, may I present to you, Installment #3 of my “Drinks We Drank at […]

February 26

Martini

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

Martinez

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 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 […]