Tag: brandy

Cocktail of the Day: Bourbon Milk Punch

Bourbon Milk Punch 1 1/2 oz Bourbon Whiskey3/4 oz Simple Syrup1/2 Bar Spoon Vanilla Extract (a couple dashes)3 oz Whole Milk or Half and HalfGarnish with freshly-grated nutmeg and/or cinnamon. Shake well with ice, then strain into an ice-filled Old Fashioned glass. Mardi Gras is coming, and this classic New Orleans brunch cocktail is the … Read more

Brandy & Liqueur Reviews: Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac and Dry Curaçao

Pierre Ferrand 1840 Original Formula CognacBrandy/CognacFinal Grade: B+Price: $45 (750ml) Pierre Ferrand Dry CuraçaoOrange LiqueurFinal Grade: A-Price: $30 (750ml) Cognac Ferrand is one of the hottest companies in the spirits world today. Mixologists, critics and connoisseurs have been following the French distillery with great interest as they introduce one excellent product after another. The force … Read more

Cocktail of the Day: Scorpion (a la Trader Vic)

Scorpion 2 oz Light Rum1 oz Brandy1 1/2 oz Orange Juice1/2 oz Lemon Juice3/4 oz Orgeat Shake with a lot of crushed ice and then pour unstrained into a large glass. A version of Trader Vic’s classic Scorpion Bowl, a drink served in a large bowl for 2-4 guests to enjoy, rejiggered to an individual … Read more

Tips on Making Punch from David Wondrich

Punch is the host’s best friend. Easily made ahead of time, you can have everything in place when your guests arrive, allowing you to relax and enjoy the party. It also enables you to immediately serve your friends a refreshing, delicious beverage without having to ask what they want and try to mix it up … Read more

Pierre Ferrand Cognac Wins Best New Product at Tales of the Cocktail

Congratulations to Pierre Ferrand Cognac, a brand that has been making a lot of noise in recent years. Cognac Ferrand is honored to announce that Pierre Ferrand 1840 Original Formula Cognac® has won Best New Product at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail® Spirited Awards. Pierre Ferrand 1840 was launched last year at the same cocktail festival to great … Read more

Four Old Stand-by Spirits from David Wondrich

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

The Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition Winners

The LAIWSC recently announced their winners, and the list includes some interesting choices. Best of Show: Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey 10 Year Old ReserveWilliam Grant & Sons, USA Whiskey/Whisky, Irish Blended $3596 Pts. Best of Rum: Bacardi 8BacardiRum (Cane Spirits) with indication of age (Unflavored) $22.9991 Pts.  Best of Gin: Oxley Gin Bacardi USA Inc. Gin (Unflavored, i.e., Botanicals … Read more

Cocktail of the Day: Sangria del Matrimonio

Not a cocktail, per se, but a great drink for the summertime. I made this recently at a party for my brother-in-law’s wedding (thus the name) and it was a big hit. Sangria del Matrimonio 750-ml Bottle of Dry White Wine5 oz Grand Marnier8 oz Pineapple Juice12 oz Peach Soda or Nectar Mix in a … Read more

Father’s Day Gift Guide – Give Your Dad the Good Stuff

You know what your Dad really wants for Father’s Day: booze! He doesn’t need another necktie or a pair of slippers or whichever 1950’s cliche you choose to bestow. Liquor is the gift that is never turned down. Because even if it’s not your brand, even if it’s not your spirit, it’s still alcohol. Here … Read more

Cocktail of the Day: Millionaire Cocktail

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.