Monthly Archives: September 2011

Recipe: Frozen Watermelon Margarita

My wife brought a giant watermelon home from the store. Naturally, my first thought was, “Make a drink out of it!” The challenge was that, to my mind, the flavor of watermelon doesn’t naturally lend itself to a lot of different combinations. So I decided to stick with something simple and make a Margarita out … Read more

A brief word about ice

“A man who has drank his drinks cold at the same expense for one week can never be presented with them warm again.” -Frederic Tudor, the 19th-century “Ice King” One of the greatest advances of the past century is something we all take for granted: the availability of ice on demand. Image what life would … Read more

Recipe: The Mai Tai

Declaring a particular cocktail my favorite is a little like declaring one of the kids my favorite — I could do it, but I wouldn’t want them to hear. Cocktails can be such sensitive creatures. It used to be that I drank mostly vodka. I’d mix it with a little lemonade or fruit juice and … Read more

Book Review: “The Cocktailian Chronicles: Life with the Professor” by Gary Regan

Gary Regan (aka Gaz) is one of the world’s most acclaimed cocktail craftsmen. (I’d call him an artist, but he might be offended — he’s a working bartender, after all, not given much to pretensions.) Through his books like The Joy of Mixology and The Bartenders Bible, Regan has educated scores of bartenders and cocktailians, … Read more

About the Professor

David J. Montgomery is an emeritus columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and The Daily Beast, and has also written for many of the country’s largest newspapers, including USA Today, the Washington Post, Boston Globe, and several others. His fiction has appeared in Thriller 2: Stories You Just Can’t Put Down, edited by Clive Cussler (Mira Books, 2009), and various … Read more

Allow me to introduce myself

If you read the short bio I wrote for my TypePad Profile page, you will find: David J. Montgomery is a professional book critic and amateur cocktailian. An emeritus columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and The Daily Beast, his work has also appeared in USA Today, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe. A former … Read more