Chareau – A Review of the Aloe Liqueur with Recipe

While it was the small, well-designed bottle and label that initially caught my attention, it was the ingredient list that led me to the purchase. It doesn’t get much simpler than aloe vera, cucumber, eau de vie, lemon peel, muskmelon, spearmint, sugar, and water. Read more

How to Make Clear Ice At Home – The Best Cocktail Ice Molds for Crystal Clear Results

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How to Make Clear Ice

I’ve read dozens of articles explaining how to make clear ice. Some articles will claim that you have to use distilled water to get clear ice, while others claim that it can be tap water as long as you boil it twice. In addition to the various water types there are numerous ice molds available, most with corresponding marketing materials showing perfectly crystal clear ice. Since the dawn of the cocktail renaissance, enthusiasts have lusted after the beautifully cut, clear cubes adorning their old fashioneds and sazeracs at craft cocktail bars. Whether you’re new to cocktails or a longtime enthusiast, by the time you finish reading this post you’ll have a better grasp of the how clear ice is made, options for making clear ice at home, as well as one of the best visual illustrations of the process I’ve ever seen. The same process used to create clear ice can even be adapted to freeze flowers, mint, and other garnishes inside.

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Impress Your Significant Other with Only 3 Ingredients

Whether you’re going out for dinner and drinks or staying in, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be stressful or complicated. Here is a simple 3-ingredient cocktail along with a 3-ingredient dessert that will make you look like a pro regardless of experience level. It’s the epitome of small details executed well to create a stunning result. Read more

QC Malt – A Different Approach to Hard Soda

The only market that comes to mind as being more saturated than hard soda is the small batch bitters market. Why anyone would get into either this late in the game is somewhat of a mystery, but, if I’m being honest, I’m always going to pick up the latest product on the shelf because of my curiosity and because someone is likely to ask me my opinion. Read more

Cherry Bounce – A Simple Colonial-Era Liqueur

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In addition to experiencing the flavor and aroma of a cocktail, appreciation comes from knowledge of its history. However, our tendency is only to study modern history and investigate the birth of the cocktail rather than the historical context of drinking culture which predates it. For Americans this means Read more

World Whisky Day 2016 Featuring Woodford Reserve 1838 White Corn

Today, May 21st, 2016, marks the 5th annual World Whisky Day, and I can’t think of a better time to finally open up this bottle of Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection 1838 Style White Corn Bourbon. I know reviews of the annual Master’s Collection releases are all across the board. If you’re not familiar with these releases, Woodford’s master distiller, Chris Morris, releases a Read more