Monthly Archives: October 2011

Book Review: “The PDT Cocktail Book” by Jim Meehan

A lot of cocktail books are published every year, some of them containing thousands of recipes, some of them focusing on only a few dozen. Many of these books aren't especially useful, presenting recipes chosen with little care or attention to detail. With books like that, it's caveat emptor and bibitor. Not so with Jim Meehan's PDT … Read more

Liqueur Review: Trader Vic’s Macadamia Nut Liqueur

Trader Vic's Macadamia Nut LiqueurLiqueurFinal Grade: A-Price: $18 (750ml) If you read this blog regularly, you know that I have a bit of a sweet tooth. So when I picked up a bottle of Trader Vic's Macadamia Nut Liqueur, I was looking forward to sampling it right away. Trader Vic, of course, was the nom … Read more

Worlds Collide: Raymond Chandler and the Gimlet

Raymond Chandler, one of the great American writers of all-time and one of the two finest practitioners of the classic hardboiled detective novel, is best known for his immortal creation, Philip Marlowe. The Los Angeles private eye appeared in several novels and solved many cases. But perhaps his greatest achievement lay in the spirituous realm, … Read more

Angostura’s winning bartenders – and a delicious new recipe

Angostura Bitters announced yesterday the winners of their 2011 North American Cocktail Challenge. The three bartenders who will move on to represent North America in the Global Cocktail Challenge are David Delaney Jr. (from Still & Stir in Worcester, MA), Rachel Ford (Empellon in New York, NY) and Ryan Maybee (The Rieger Hotel in Kansas City, MO). … Read more

Recipe: The Death Rattle – a cocktail memorializing the Blackberry smartphone

My brother sent me a link last night to a story on CNN.com about the troubles that RIM is having in North America with their Blackberry service. His comment wondered if this would be the end of the Blackberry, something that has been looming on the horizon for a while now. Naturally, this inspired me … Read more

Liqueur Review: Pallini Limoncello

Pallini LimoncelloLiqueurFinal Grade: B+Price: $26 (750ml) Summer may be over, but who says that means you have to stop drinking summery drinks? Certainly not me. It could be the coldest day of winter and I'll still drink a well mixed Daiquiri or Gin and Tonic. I realize this is a contrarian position, but cold drinks … Read more

Worlds Collide: James Bond and the Vesper Martini

Perhaps no one in thriller literature, or literature in general, is as associated with the Martini as James Bond. With just three short words he launched countless thousands of Martini drinkers off into the arms of Bacchus: "shaken, not stirred." I won't go into why this is the wrong way to prepare a Martini — … Read more