The Simple and Majestic Daiquiri

July 19 is National Daiquiri Day. The Daiquiri is a drink that is both revered and plagued by its simplicity. Just three ingredients is all you need: Rum, lime juice, and sugar. It is so simple that over the years this drink has endured more alterations and additions than a fading Hollywood starlet. The Daiquiri is just so damn simple that it encourages tinkering....

Michelada Day – July 12

Apparently July 12 is Michelada Day. Who knew? The Michelada is likely the best known beer cocktail in the USA. This unexpected, tall, cool drink is well-known in Mexico and Central America and until recent years it was rare to see it served in the USA. The Michelada is an enigma offering bright refreshment along with a deep savory accents and a vibrant dose...

National Piña Colada Day

July 10 is National Piña Colada Day – again, who comes up with these? Most drinkers, especially anyone who has vacationed on a Caribbean beach or taken a cruise has had the chance to enjoy a the essential Rum cocktail, the Piña Colada. There are certainly good and bad Piña Coladas (mostly bad I must say) but there is just one original. Like all things of...

Top Five Gin Cocktails

Gin is the ultimate cocktail spirit being an essential ingredient in many classic cocktails. Gin is happy being the star or playing a supporting role in cocktails contributing its unique blend of aromatic herbs and spices to your happy hour elixir. We have steered clear of naming Gin brands here as we know that you Gin drinkers are very brand loyal. Gin is perhaps the most...

Jigger Me This…

Jigger me this; when is a shot not a shot? Answer: when it’s not measured. There is an ongoing debate in the bartender/mixology world concerning the practice of “free pouring” versus measuring. I won’t keep you in suspense regarding my opinion on the matter. I strongly and without doubt or reservation vote for measuring. Since I live in Chicago I reserve my civic right...

Top Five Vodka Cocktails

Vodka is so agreeable that it mixes with virtually anything or nothing at all. To be truthful, we prefer the later – super-chilled Vodka served neat with plenty of pickled vegetables, ham, smoked fish, and/or caviar. We know that we will hear from plenty of you asking why the Vodka Martini is not included on our list. The answer is simple – the Martini is a Gin...

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