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RECENT COCKTAILS: JUNE 2, 2022
Ginger liqueur, Cognac, Orange liqueur, Campari, Elderflower liqueur, Orange bitters, Lime juice
JANUARY 24, 2022
Rum, Virgin Islands Rum, Ginger liqueur, Bitters, Water, Pineapple juice, Orange juice, Butter, Lemon juice, Honey, Grade B maple syrup, Lemon zest, Vanilla extract, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Cayenne pepper, Cloves, Cinnamon stick
JULY 3, 2021
Flavored vodka, Luxardo Bitter, Watermelon, Cucumber, Lime
JUNE 26, 2021
Bourbon, Bitters, Mint Bitters, Peach, Dry peach brandy, Mint, Lemon
MAY 15, 2021
Herbal liqueur, Elderflower liqueur, Ancho Reyes Verde chile liqueur, Lemon juice
Grappa, Aperol, Campari, Curaçao, Orange bitters, Orange juice, Lemon juice
MAY 3, 2021
Cognac, Ginger liqueur, Peychaud's Bitters, Lemon juice, Tangerine juice, Simple syrup, Tangerine peel
MAY 2, 2021
Cranberry Vodka, Aperol, Tangerine juice, Simple syrup, Lime juice, Strawberry, Orange peel
APRIL 15, 2021
Bourbon, Amaro Nonino, Averna, Amaretto, Peach bitters, Orange peel
MARCH 16, 2021
Dominican Rum, Bourbon, Amaretto, Bitters, Grapefruit cordial

A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

From the Knowledge Vault

Stocking a Better Bar

Last time, we talked about how to go about building a better home bar. Once you’ve done that and have all sorts of empty space (because you paid attention, and your bar holds about twice your current supply of liquor, right?), we should now get on to the fun part – how to best fill your shiny new liquor cabinet.

Now I know that I’m going to catch it in the comments by declaring some brands “essential” versus others. I know y’all are a bunch of passionate drinkers, and I also know that in certain areas, y’all have much more experience than I do tasting and thinking about spirits. But that’s not going to stop me from doing just that. The good news? After making declarative statements about which spirits you should have in your bar, I’m going to let you in on a few secrets about how to find rare and discontinued bottles that have helped me in the past. So take a deep breath, and enjoy the ride.

I’m a firm believer in Alton Brown’s mantra of buying things that serve many purposes. Unless you’re into a certain segment of the liquor market, you should strive for buying liquor that lets you make as many cocktails as possible. Once you’ve tasted a good representation of what’s out there, decide what to focus on, and buy more of those things, but with the understanding that if you run across something special and hard to find, you really ought to buy it. But more on that later.

Recent Additions

  • Glowing Green — Pisco, Suze, Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, Blue Curaçao, Orange bitters
  • Gilded Paloma — Tequila, Soda water, Grapefruit juice, Pineapple juice, Lime juice, Cinnamon syrup, Grapefruit peel
  • Pickwick Club — Pineapple rum, Overproof rum, Allspice Dram, Bitters, Absinthe, Passion fruit syrup, Vanilla syrup, Orange peel
  • Mignon — Gin, Rye, Cassis, Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, Orange bitters, Islay Scotch, Orange
  • Chipmunk — Old Tom Gin, Ginger liqueur, Simple syrup, Lime juice

Recent Discussion

  • Re The St-Rita, 2 days ago drinkingandthinking commented:

    uninspired elderflower margarita with poor proportions

  • Re Jasmine, 3 days ago smparkes commented:

    Went with the more forward version from SE and then added a bit of soda ... for a very hot day. :-)

  • Re Old World Charm, 4 days ago bkemp1984 commented:

    Made with Laird's and homemade creme de mure, good stuff. Will need to make it properly once I get more brandy.

  • Re Lime Blossom, 6 days ago SSteve commented:

    From the recipe and the comments I knew this was going to be too lime-heavy. I used less lime and more orange liqueur and St. Germane. I used Dry Curaçao so I added a little simple syrup as well. Pretty good but still needs a little more tweaking. Next time I'll try increasing the St. Germaine and decreasing the Curaçao.

  • Re Intercept, 1 week ago Biff Malibu commented:

    Reduced Punt e Mes to 0.75 oz the second time around. Worked a bit better.