It’s qualified as something “only hardcore Janis Joplin fans know,” according to The Society of Rock (a society we clearly don’t wanna mess with), but it doesn’t take a lot of digging to uncover the—possibly apocryphal—story of Janis Joplin, her SoCo buzz, and the free lynx fur coat. Which, yeah, as we write that down sounds […]
Amaro means bitter in Italian. So yeah, that’s not a great starting point if we’re trying to sell a spirits category to you. But just bear with us a) because it’s cool and Italian and b) because amari are delicious, multi-functional, and, did we mention they’re cool and Italian?
If you’ve ever wanted to sip a magical elixir that gives you the strength of a royal warrior and the finesse of a smooth-talking con artist, it might be time for you to invest in a bottle of Drambuie. Though favored by princes and lounge singers alike, this herbal wonder somehow manages to stay subtly […]
At this point, it’s almost impossible to visit a cocktail bar in the United States and not encounter St-Germain elderflower liqueur. It is in fact so ubiquitous, that one couldn’t be blamed for thinking this is a beverage that’s been around for quite a long time.
It’s beginning to feel a lot like spring, and the transition in my cocktails is replicating the weather. I love using Campari for its bold flavor that shines through any ingredients you add to it and works well with so many other spirits, liqueurs and juices. The Cointreau of course is a delicious orange triple sec, […]
Artichokes. Is it like, vegetally correct, to say they’re weird? They look like something that specifically should not be eaten. Then again, we live in a society that eats lobsters, chickens, and these guys. We have to assume, in the history of hunger, there’s always been some brave guy or gal who sees a thing […]
Because they don’t just give Pulitzers away, right? And yes, this is a bit less innocent than the “how many licks to the center of a Tootsie Pop” thing, but driven by a similar spirit of scientific inquiry. This time, the goal was to see how many liqueur-filled chocolates I needed to eat before I felt buzzed. And […]
During a recent dinner service in one of the two restaurants where I currently moonlight as a sommelier, a server approached me with a question that caught me off guard. A guest at one of his tables wanted to know which of our Amari would be best in his coffee. “In his coffee?!,” I balked, before […]
Bitters: A Brief History From classics like The Manhattan to inventive, elaborate concoctions, plenty of cocktails call for bitters. But what exactly are bitters, and why would you want them in your drink? In short, bitters consist of liquor that’s sharply flavored with herbs and plant elements. As is the case with plenty of vices, […]