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RECENT COCKTAILS: SEPTEMBER 14, 2012
Bourbon, Bonal Gentiane Quina, Aromatized wine, Orange bitters, Maraschino cherry
JULY 22, 2012
Demerara Rum, Bitters, Lime juice, Simple syrup, Mint
JUNE 10, 2012
Grappa, Bianco Vermouth, Campari, Grapefruit peel
MAY 29, 2012
Gin, Elderflower liqueur, Orgeat, Lime juice
MAY 13, 2012
Prosecco, Campari, Dry vermouth, Licor 43, Lime juice, Cucumber
MAY 4, 2012
Gin, Aromatized wine, Eau de vie of Douglas Fir
MAY 2, 2012
Gin, Pineau des Charentes
APRIL 11, 2012
Rum, Campari, Sherry, Orange peel
FEBRUARY 11, 2012
Genever, Amontillado Sherry, Cardamaro, Elderflower liqueur, Orange peel
JANUARY 28, 2012
Gin, Sweet vermouth, Amaro Meletti, Orange peel

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

  • Err from the Faith — Rye, Orange liqueur, Braulio, Maraschino Liqueur, Orange bitters, Star anise, Orange
  • Bitter Squeeze — Gin, Sweet vermouth, Amaro, Lemon
  • Common Cold — Jamaican rum, Elderflower liqueur, Bitters, Lemon juice, Honey
  • (the) Radiator — Brandy, Crème Yvette, Falernum, Grapefruit bitters, Lime juice
  • Devil-May-Carrot — Bourbon, Aquavit, Orange bitters, Celery bitters, Honey syrup, Orange peel, Carrot

Recent Discussion

  • Re St Columbus Rill, 17 hours 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 13 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.