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...

Negroni Week – Coming to a Bar Near You

Just when you thought that all of the fun had been exhausted, along comes Negroni Week! What is Negroni Week you ask? Essentially during Negroni Week, June 5-11, bars around the world will mix their favorite Negroni variations, donating a portion of proceeds from each one sold to a charity of their choice. You can find bars participating in this year’s Negroni Week by...

Spring Cocktails 2017

What to drink? By the time spring rolls around I’m tired of thinking about drinks in terms of – what will warm the bones and take the chill out of the air? I’m a seasonal drinker (and eater) and I don’t think that I’m alone. Restaurants change their menus from season to season for just this very reason. We crave different things in winter...

Ho-Ho Hot Cocktails for Winter and Fall

When the snow is flying and the fire is roaring cozying up with a cool Margarita just seems wrong. Granted, I am a seasonal eater and drinker and I fully embrace this trait. I think that most of us crave a little warm up in the cooler months and what’s better for the body and soul than a tasty hot cocktail. Besides, we have...

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