The Pisco Sour was created by an expat American named Victor V. Morris who traveled to Lima, Peru in the early-20th century to open a saloon. (Lima was something of a boom town in those days due to the mining industry.) A variation on the Whiskey Sour, Morris supposedly first mixed his version using the … 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
This is great news for bourbon fans — the Van Winkles are back! Sadly, these are going to be very hard to find. (And if you do find any, it's going to be more expensive than the prices quoted below.) But there's a reason these are the most-hyped bourbons in the world. Whether or not … Read more
Writing in Esquire Magazine, David Wondrich muses about the changes ever-present in the spirits business. In favor of "innovation" and the drive for something new, old brands disappear, new expressions appear, formulas are changed, and the world as we know it is turned upside down. But not with these four spirits that Wondrich recommends as perennial … Read more
Millionaire Cocktail2 oz Dark Jamaican Rum1 oz Sloe Gin1 oz Apricot Brandy3/4 oz Lime Juice Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Adapted from a recipe by Ted "Dr. Cocktail" Haigh (Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails), which was itself adapted from a recipe in Harry Craddock's The Savoy Cocktail Book.
Regarded by most cocktail historians as the forerunner of the Martini, the Martinez exists in many variations. Although it is seldom drunk today, it's one of the classic cocktails for a reason, and definitely something you should try. I mixed up one in the original fashion, using Dutch genever instead of the more typical London … Read more
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