Monthly Archives: September 2012

Ask the Professor: Recommend a Cocktail

Julie H. writes in to ask: My brother recently turned 50 and we're having him and his partner over for dinner. I'd like to offer them some cool potent potable at this gala, yet casual, event. They mostly order dry martinis when we're out, but they love trying new things. Mostly they're not into sweet, but my … Read more

Liqueur Review: Bols Pumpkin Smash

Bols Pumpkin SmashFruit LiqueurFinal Grade: FPrice: $12 (1L) If you're anything like me, the idea of a nice, spicy fall-like cocktail sounds delicious. And one of the most quintessentially fall flavors is pumpkin. A pumpkin cocktail sounds great, right? So around this time last year I headed for the liquor store in search of pumpkin … Read more

An Interview with the Professor, Courtesy of Société Perrier

Société Perrier, the nightlife and culture website, has a profile of me that just went up yesterday. I thought it came out nicely and hope you find it entertaining. Here's their intro: A fourth-generation Californian, David J. Montgomery spent close to 20 years in Bakersfield, learning, as he puts it, "…the joys of Coors Light, Picon … Read more

Ask the Professor: Orgeat Ingredients

I'm starting a new feature here on Professor Cocktail: Ask the Professor. This is your chance to write in and ask me anything. I may not have an answer…but if I don't, I can probably make something up. Kevin writes to ask: Would you mind posting the nutrition information for the Small Hand Foods Orgeat … Read more

Fun Facts about Bourbon

In honor of Bourbon Heritage Month, some fun facts about bourbon, courtesy of Wild Turkey: Bourbon production has more than doubled since 1999 and the state of Kentucky currently has 4.9 million barrels gently aging, the highest inventory since 1978. That’s about 262 million gallons of Bourbon. The U.S. Senate signed "Bourbon Heritage Month" into law in 2007, a bill … Read more

Taste Test: Bourbons from $25 to $50

We conducted the second round of our bourbon taste test last weekend. The whiskeys this time all had a suggested retail price of between $25 and $50. (Our first Bourbon Taste Test featured bourbons under $25.) As was the case last time, some of the samples were provided by the distilleries and some were from my … Read more

Buffalo Trace Distillery Releases 2012 Antique Collection

These bourbons receive almost universal acclaim each year. I haven't yet tried any, but I hope to change that soon. At long last, Buffalo Trace Distillery is releasing its 2012 Antique Collection in September. The much anticipated collection will once again feature five limited-release whiskeys of various ages, recipes and proofs. Here’s what ardent fans … Read more