Monthly Archives: April 2012

Artisan Spirits Award Winners

The American Distilling Institute recently announced the winners of its 6th Annual Judging of Artisan American Spirits. Those spirits that were named Best of Class were: Artisan Distilled Whiskey: Corsair Artisan Distillery – Grainiac 9 Grain Bourbon Brandy: Jaxon Keys Winery & Distillery – Jepson Old Stock Brandy Rum: Turkey Shore Distilleries – Old Ipswich … Read more

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

I had so many links this week, I decided to do a special edition. In the Wall Street Journal, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan discusses how to pair cocktails with food. In the Baltimore Sun, Eric Maza reveals that the trend of beer cocktails has made its way to Charm City. In Esquire Magazine, bartender Jay Porter (from … Read more

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

"I feel sorry for people who don't drink, because when they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're gonna feel all day." –Frank Sinatra In the Washington Post, Jason Wilson shares his affection for grapefruit juice, along with his recipe for The 866 — another aquavit cocktail. Also in the Post, Daniel … Read more

Aquavit Review: Krogstad Aquavit

Krogstad AquavitAquavitFinal Grade: APrice: $26 (750ml) Aquavit (or Akvavit) is a traditional Scandinavian distilled spirit. It begins life as a neutral grain (or potato) spirit, just as vodka and gin do. It is then infused with various herbs and spices, notably star anise and caraway seeds. In that sense, it's similar to a Danish/Swedish/Norwegian version of gin. … Read more

Drink Recipe: Sangrita

Not to be confused with Sangria, the Spanish wine and fruit punch, Sangrita ("little blood") is the traditional accompaniment to tequila in Mexico. This spicy, tangy, tomatoey beverage is the perfect accompaniment to agave spirits. It helps to cleanse the palate between drinks of tequila, dampening the fire with a little kick of its own. … Read more

Taste Test: Silver Tequilas

Last weekend we had family visiting from California, which could only mean one thing: I was mixing up cocktails. We were making Mexican food for dinner, so we decided to spice it up a little by having a tequila tasting to kick things off. I brought out five varieties of silver (or blanco) tequilas to … Read more

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

I need a collection of pithy comments that I can use to kick off the weekly links round-up. Please send in your suggestions. In The Daily, Wayne Curtis investigates the drinking habits of our Founding Fathers. Those guys loved their booze. In the New York Times, Andy Isaacson visits Peru in search of pisco. I think … Read more

Celebrating (?) Income Tax Day – with a cocktail

Today is Income Tax Day in the United States, the day when federal income tax filings are due. It's usually April 15, but it was pushed back two days this year because the 15th was a Sunday (and the 16th was Emancipation Day). Hopefully you've filed your tax returns already and the damage wasn't too … Read more

Charity auction: have drinks with Derek Brown at The Columbia Room

Here's a great chance to help a good cause while having a lot of fun in the process. Derek is an amazing bartender and The Columbia Room experience is truly amazing. Cocktail connoisseurs in the DC area know that the search for the best-quality beverage ends with Derek Brown, and his bar-within-a-bar watering hole, The … Read more