A demonstration from Val, a bartender at the recently closed PKNY Tiki bar in New York City. He has a somewhat unusual method regarding the shaking and the ice, although what he's doing makes sense. I tend to prefer a little less lime juice in mine — 3/4 ounce — but I'm not as big … Read more
Finding spirits beyond the usual stuff can be hard. Sure, it's easy to pick up a bottle of Popov Vodka at the corner liquor store. But what if you want some El Dorado Rum or a bottle of Weller 12 Year Old Bourbon? In that case, you probably need to order it online — and … Read more
Making good whiskey takes time. Try though they might, no distiller or producer has yet found a way to shortcut Father Time. There simply is no substitute for the years whiskey spends slowly aging in wood. But that doesn't mean people don't try. Small craft distillers — and big liquor conglomerates — around the country … Read more
Shake ingredients with ice, then strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Here's another of those National XYZ Days that I love so much. This time it's the Whiskey Sour's turn, a classic cocktail and one of the easiest drinks to make. I made mine with Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon and it was … Read more
Everything under the sun has its own day. And today is rum's chance! (Apparently August is also National Rum Month, but that seems to be pushing it a little.) Rum is probably my favorite spirit. It encompasses so many different possibilities. Sweet, spicy, dry, fiery, toasted, smoky, mixed in a cocktail, or enjoyed on its … Read more
Limoncello Cooler 1 1/2 oz. Limoncello1 oz. Gin1/2 oz. Lemon Juice8-10 Mint LeavesClub Soda Gently muddle the mint leaves with lemon juice in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add the limoncello and gin and shake with ice. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with a mint sprig.