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RECENT COCKTAILS: OCTOBER 26, 2015
Gin, Aromatized wine, Ginger ale, Lemon juice
OCTOBER 18, 2015
Rye, Hard cider, Bitters, Apple cider
OCTOBER 13, 2015
Mezcal, Aperol, Grapefruit juice, Lime juice
OCTOBER 5, 2015
Cachaça, Elderflower liqueur, Dry vermouth, Lime juice, Lime peel
OCTOBER 3, 2015
Fernet Branca, Rum, Pineapple juice
Bourbon, Calvados, Bitters, Apple cider, Simple syrup, Lemon juice

A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

From the Knowledge Vault

The Margarita, or An Earthy Mystery

Americans drink a lot of Margaritas. While the Margarita makes up eighteen percent of the mixed drinks ordered in the United States, tequila represents only six percent of the domestic spirits market. Unfortunately, we drink a lot of bad Margaritas too. Neon colored, super-sweet, artificially flavored, poorly made, cheap ingredient, frozen-slushy Margaritas surely account for most of those eighteen percent.

Perhaps one reason that Americans drink a lot of bad Margaritas is that we seem to have no idea of its origin. There are theories (among others) that Dallas socialites, Peggy Lee, Mexican (or Irish, or Texan) bartenders, German ambassador’s daughters or Ziegfeld Follies dancers all have a hand in the drink.

Recent Additions

  • King Louie — Bonal Gentiane Quina, Rye, Cognac, Crème de Banane, Bitters, Lemon peel
  • Big Spender — Cognac, Pineapple rum, Drambuie, Fernet Branca, Orange peel
  • Autumn in the Poconos — Applejack, Pear liqueur, Allspice Dram, Bitters, Apple Shrub
  • PhysTherapy — Pisco, Amarula Cream, Crème de Violette, Herbal liqueur, Ginger syrup
  • AmaRONI — Gin, Campari, Sweet vermouth, Amarula Cream

Recent Discussion

  • Re St Columbus Rill, 18 hours 45 minutes ago Robbyfresh commented:

    My copy of Death & Co’s first book (1st edition) definitely lists it as St. Columb’s Rill. And this backs up Jojiro’s claim:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Columbs_Rill

  • Yep, fine with rye. Important to use only half the egg white, and to include that bit of rich syrup.

  • Re Bohemian, 2 days 14 hours ago drinkingandthinking commented:

    3/4 Elderflower, 1 1/2 grapefruit

  • Re The Glorious Fourth, 3 days ago hypoxic_ commented:

    Used 1.5 oz of ice cream and the more generous 1/4 oz of demerara syrup

    Would recommend a preliminary shake/strain with ice or chilling all the ingredients beforehand as the ice cream really doesn't chill things down. A quick pulse blending also helps to make a more homogeneous drink .

    Overall the lime/cream mix works really well with brandy! Swapping the proportions for rum/brandy also probably would be really good as well

  • Re Common Cold, 3 days ago Jhvilas commented:

    Really needs to be made with honey syrup instead of straight honey.