Mrs. Professor was out of town last week, so I had to take care of the Little Professors by myself. Thus the lack of posts. Here are some links to catch you up:
- Derek Brown (of DC's The Passenger and Columbia Room) offers up his picks for the best places to drink in Washington. On his list: The Tabard Inn, the Round Robin Bar, the bar at the JW Marriott, The Gibson, Proof and PS7.
- Richard Goldsmith of Fox News reviews three Pre-Prohibition Era cocktail books, including perhaps the most famous of all: Jerry Thomas' The Bartender's Guide: How to Mix Drinks or The Bon Vivant's Companion. (Who knew that Fox News has a drinks columnist?)
- One of the hot new trends in sparkling wine is so-called Grower-Champagne, wine produced by vineyards that grow their own grapes. (The big Champagne houses like Moet & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot and Piper Heidsieck get their grapes from other vineyards.)
- Andrew Strenio shares his list of three American Whiskeys to seek out. They are: Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey, Corsair Triple Smoke Single Barrel and Balcones Brimstone Whisky. Sadly, I have not tried any of them.
- According to the Ultimate Beverage Challenge, Banks 5 Island Rum is the best rum for your cocktails. I recently tried this in some Planter's Punch at the Columbia Room and it was very tasty. I'm going to have to hunt down a bottle.
- The Old-Fashioned, made with whiskey, sugar and bitters, is one of the best of the classic cocktails, a taste that never goes out of style. Dushan Zaric (owner of Employees Only, a speakeasy in NYC) shows you how to make one.
- On The Cocktail Spirit, Robert Hess demonstrates how to make a Ford Cocktail, a variation on the Martini.
- Missing from the market for many years, Swedish Punsch is now available again. (You can buy it from DrinkUpNY.)
- Here's a recipe for a Blood Orange Daiquiri. What is a blood orange, anyway?
- The San Antonio Current interviews Sasha Petraske (of Milk & Honey) about bartending, cocktails and the new bar he's opening in San Antonio.
- A piece I've been meaning to link to for a while: Jim Meehan (bartender at PDT and author of The PDT Cocktail Book) offers up his advice for building a mixological library.
- Speaking of The PDT Cocktail Book, here are 5 recipes for Apple Brandy cocktails taken from same. I've only played around with Apple Brandy a little, and so far I'm not too sure about it. Maybe in a Sidecar?
- Brad Thomas Parsons talks about bitters. If you don't have any bitters in your liquor cabinet, you should get some. They don't cost very much and they can make a huge difference in your drinks.
That's it for now. Happy reading!