The Difference Between Blanco, Reposado, Añejo, and other Tequilas (Plus an Añejo Smash Recipe)

Añejo Smash with Gran Centenario Tequila

With every spirit there is an additional layer of appreciation that comes from understanding the history and production process. Nowadays we can walk into any bar and choose from a variety of beers, wines, and spirits from locations across the globe, yet what distinguishes the interesting ones is Read more

Simple Cacao Nib-Infused Campari, a Bottled Negroni, and 3 Negroni Riffs

Negroni Week – one of my favorite weeks of the year. Not only do I get to partake in the forever-classic negroni, but to participate in supporting charity. However, this year is a bit different from prior years. Participating venues select a charity from the vetted list provided by Imbibe and Campari then make an initial donation to the charity.

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5 Green Chartreuse Cocktails for the True Enthusiast

Blushing Monk cocktail garnished with mint sprig
Green Chartreuse is the kryptonite of many cocktail enthusiasts – it’s certainly mine. If you’re not familiar with Chartreuse, here is the crash course. It’s a French herbal liqueur that’s made by Carthusian monks based on a recipe they purportedly received in 1605. The two types that you’ll see most often are yellow (40% ABV) and green (55% ABV), but there are other iterations that include aged and higher ABV bottlings. Yellow is the more mild version, while green is the bolder. 

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La Terra Rojo – A Coffee Cocktail for Everyone

Negroni Riff with Tequila and Coffee
The flavors found in coffee blend well with spirits, but too often coffee cocktails come out tasting diluted. Finding the proper balance between the base spirit and the coffee can be a game of cat and mouse. Fortunately, there is a simple solution. 

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

ice cubes with mint and flowers frozen inside

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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