Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Cheat Sheet: The Professor’s Guide to the Best Cocktail and Spirits Links

You want stories? We got stories. In The Atlantic, Wayne Curtis goes on a nutmeg bender. He ends up getting a little high, but I wonder if the power of suggestion helped. In the New York Times, Rosie Schaap writes about "After the Feast, the Digestif." She focuses on different types of brandy, including Armagnac, … Read more

The Manhattan Project

Kevin Sintumuang had an excellent article in the Wall Street Journal recently on one of the best, most enduring cocktails of all: the Manhattan. Take a sip. It's not a race—just a sip. Now savor. Cinnamon. Oak. Vanilla. Mint. Cornbread. Dark cherries, even. The flavors of the Manhattan seem to go on forever. Crazy good, huh? … Read more

The Cheat Sheet: The Professor’s Guide to the Best Cocktail and Spirits Links

I had so many interesting articles to link to this week that I decided to mix up a special edition of the Cheat Sheet. Enjoy! In the San Francisco Chronicle, Gary Regan talks about Japanese whiskey, specifically Yamizaki. Also in the Chronicle, the economy must be rebounding because sales of booze are up. Advertising Age reports … Read more

The best Caribbean rums, island by island

Wine Enthusiast magazine doesn't just write about wine — they recently ran a good piece on the best Caribbean rums, including tasting notes and scores. They also suggest a variety of ways in which these rums can be enjoyed, and some of the best places in the islands to stay and to drink. It's definitely worth … Read more

The Cheat Sheet: The Professor’s Guide to the Best Cocktail and Spirits Links

 Some good stuff on tap this week. Enjoy! In the Washington Post, Jason Wilson shows a little love to white (bianco) vermouth. (This is a different animal from dry vermouth.) Also in the Post, a Q&A with Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth (head of the Congressional Bourbon Caucus) about bourbon and taxes. Who knew there was a … Read more

Liqueur Review: SNAP

SNAPLiqueurFinal Grade: B+Price: $30 (750ml) SNAP is an organic liqueur* produced by Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (AITA, for short), a Philadelphia-based design company. They previously launched the spirit ROOT, which has caught on with a lot of bartenders around the country. Fresh out of the bottle, SNAP's aroma is warm and sweet … Read more

Cohasset Punch: Chicago’s Own Cocktail

Cohasset is a small town on the coast of Massachusetts, not far from Boston. It can fairly be described as tiny, barely mustering a population of 7500 souls. So how did it come to be the namesake of one of Chicago's signature cocktails? According to Eric Felten, the drink was created for Victorian-era actor William H. … Read more

The Cheat Sheet: The Professor’s Guide to the Best Cocktail and Spirits Links

Hopefully you're recovered from Valentine's Day. Here is some recommended reading to get you through the rest of the week. Derek Brown confesses that, according to the CDC, he's a binge drinker. But when he explains what he means, you might see the term a little differently. Katie Nelson (The Columbia Room) discusses how to … Read more

Valentine’s Day Cocktails

Valentine's Day is upon us once again. Some adore this celebration of love. Others find it the most depressing holiday of the year. Either way, you're going to need a drink. Here are a few suggestions for cocktails to mix up for your sweetie — or yourself. Champagne is probably the perfect drink for Valentine's … Read more

Buffalo Trace Distillery’s Single Oak Project

Buffalo Trace Distillery, one of the world's most prestigious producer of whiskeys, recently announced the fourth round of their Single Oak Project bourbon. This ongoing experiment tests how a set of different factors affects the development of whiskey. The project started in 1999 when Buffalo Trace selected 96 oak trees, which were then crafted into … Read more