Despite dating back to 1862 and being credited to the legendary bartender, Jerry Thomas, the Japanese cocktail isn’t one you’ll see on a menu at many cocktail bars. This simple combination of Cognac, orgeat (almond syrup), and bitters is on the sweeter end of the spectrum, but still offers some complexity.
The Brandy Alexander – a classic dessert cocktail with a reputation that even includes a history of popularity among a few of The Beatles. (I’d have never known that if it weren’t for reading the back story in Robert Simonson’s book, 3-Ingredient Cocktails. Regardless, with the right Cognac and crème de cacao, it’s the perfect dessert cocktail that isn’t overbearingly sweet.
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
When it comes to language and categorization, it seems that nothing is ever simple. At a young age, we learn that all squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares. As adults, if we are spirits enthusiasts, we learn that all bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon. And just when it couldn’t get any more difficult, the Kentucky Derby Read more
Bitters are the fashion accessory of the cocktail world – a small accent that makes what surrounds them pop. In fashion it could be a small accessory like a tie or piece of jewelry that brings out an adjacent color and in a cocktail it’s a few drops of concentrated flavor that provides Read more
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