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
I’m fascinated with orange liqueurs. Whether it’s triple sec or curaçao, dry or sweet, orange or blue, I love the stuff. Not to drink on its own — I’ve never really cared for that — but for use in cocktails. Orange liqueur is one of the most important cocktail ingredients, adding depth and flavor to … Read more
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
Marie Brizard makes some of my favorite liqueurs, and their cocktail competition at the recent Tales of the Cocktail featured some really interesting drinks. Here is the winner: And the winner of the Marie Brizard USA Cocktail Challenge Finals is… Miami’s Robert Montero of Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, with his winning cocktail, “Sunny Crusta!” Robert received a cash prize of … Read more
Liberal 1 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth1/4 oz Torani Amer (or Amer Picon)1-2 Dashes Orange Bitters Stir ingredients with ice in a rocks glass. A variation on the Manhattan.
Red Berry Delicious 1 1/2 oz Raspberry Vodka1/2 oz Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur1/2 oz Licor 433 Large Srawberries1 oz Lemon Juice1/2 oz Demerara Sugar Syrup In a mixing glass, muddle the strawberries with the lemon juice and sugar syrup. Add the remaining ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. (If you … Read more
Not to be confused with Sangria, the Spanish wine and fruit punch, Sangrita (“little blood”) is the traditional accompaniment to tequila in Mexico. This spicy, tangy, tomatoey beverage is the perfect accompaniment to agave spirits. It helps to cleanse the palate between drinks of tequila, dampening the fire with a little kick of its own. … Read more
Cohasset is a small town on the coast of Massachusetts, not far from Boston. It can fairly be described as tiny, barely mustering a population of 7500 souls. So how did it come to be the namesake of one of Chicago’s signature cocktails? According to Eric Felten, the drink was created for Victorian-era actor William H. … Read more