Monthly Archives: March 2012

Vodka Review: Platinum 7X Vodka

Platinum 7X VodkaAmerican VodkaFinal Grade: B+Price: $10 (750ml) I don't write about vodka very often, a reflection of the fact that I don't drink it nearly as often as I used to. I still like vodka — I just don't find it as interesting as other spirits. But there's no denying its flexibility and effectiveness. … Read more

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

Another week, another round-up. Please send in your suggestions for next week. In the Washington Post, Jason Wilson makes limoncello for the first time. He includes a recipe — I think I'm going to have to try this. In the San Francisco Chronicle, Gary Regan writes about Glenmorangie scotch — including a recipe for the … Read more

Winners of the 2012 Ultimate Spirits Challenge

A distinguished line-up of experts, including such luminaries such as F. Paul Pacult, David Wondrich, Dale DeGroff and Jim Meehan, came together recently under the auspices of the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in order to judge the finest spirits in the world. A stunning 650 spirits were entered in more than 30 categories. All of the … Read more

The “Mad Men” and Their Cocktails: A Guide

Mad Men, the acclaimed AMC drama that recreates the smoky world of a 1960s Manhattan ad agency, returns on Sunday after a hiatus of nearly a year and a half. It's a great show: rich and textured, with sharp writing and strong acting. Plus, they drink a lot! In case you're thinking about throwing a … Read more

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

 We're back with this week's regularly scheduled linking. In The Daily Beast, Christopher Buckley writes about the perfect Martini. In The Atlantic, Wayne Curtis writes about the secret ingredient that so many spirits, especially herbal liqueurs, supposedly contain. (And to think: the Colonel stole his marketing campaign from Benedictine monks!) In the New York Times, Robert … Read more

Whiskey Review: Michael Collins Irish Whiskey

Michael Collins Irish Whiskey Blended Irish WhiskeyFinal Grade: B+Price: $25 (750ml) Reviewed by Bob Montgomery Michael Collins Irish Whiskey is a blend of malt and grain Irish whiskey, as most standard Irish whiskeys are. (They also produce an all-malt version.) It is double-distilled, in contrast to most Irish whiskeys, which are triple-distilled. This should lead to a … Read more

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

Not surprisingly, there was a ton of coverage of Irish whiskeys and the like since our last links round-up. I decided to gather the best ones into this special post. Hopefully, reading it will help get you over that hangover. In the Philadelphia Daily News, the wise and knowledgable Jason Wilson writes about Irish whiskey. … Read more

St. Patrick’s Day Cocktails

St. Patrick's Day libations tend to be of a simple variety: beer, beer, and more beer. Sometimes green beer. If there's any liquor involved, it might be a shot of Jameson, but that's about it. It doesn't have to be that way, though. There are many cocktails that are well suited for a St. Patrick's … Read more

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

With St. Patrick's Day coming up this weekend, a lot of folks have some drinking in their future. Here are some links to get you started. In the Washington Post, Jason Wilson presents the new standards for drinking like a girl. (Girly drinks are out. Kick-ass female bartenders are in.) In the New York Times, Robert … Read more