I am always on the lookout for the next entertaining show or documentary (my current favorite is Mr. Robot), so you can image how excited I was when I heard from my daughter that a new documentary about bourbon was in the works. Read the rest of this entry »
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Saturday, relaxing at Tao in Manhattan on 58th Street, with a perfect Manhattan made with Bookers Bourbon. Theresa “Tess”, the very knowledgable and friendly bartender helped me with my Italian by determining that the Vermouth Del Professore used in the drink added a spicy and herbal bitterness. I am assuming this is due to the amount of clove they use in their formula for making such a unique blend of vermouth. Read the rest of this entry »
September is Bourbon Heritage Month which means that I will be partaking in the beverage a little more than usual this month. The national observance was first declared in 2007, and has been celebrated in Kentucky and around the country ever since.
I figured that since it is the start of the month that I would offer a brief history of bourbon to kick off these celebrations.
There have been many times where I have been able to form an opinion of a Manhattan before I have taken the first sip, usually when I do this it doesn’t bode well for the drink. Often times this happens when my drink looks like a cloudy sandstorm spinning in my glass. However, in this case, I was able to form an immediate strong positive point of view for three reasons: 1)The color of the vermouth was a warmer deeper color than usual and, 2) It was clear of any particulate air bubbles – clear amber heaven, and 3) there was a proper, not emergency beacon red, dark maraschino cherry at the bottom. I knew then that the bartender Collin, at The Republic Smokehouse and Saloon, was the real deal. I called him over before my first taste and asked about the brand of Vermouth and if it was a brandied cherry. The vermouth was Carpano Antica Formula, and the cherry was not brandied, – it was just a deep black maraschino cherry. Both made a big difference. Read the rest of this entry »
Every now and then I relax at my own place, sit at my tiki bar and have a drink. Rather than my normal Manhattan I decided to mix up a spicy Blenheim Ginger Ale and bourbon. I was first introduced to this drink at a great bar in Manhattan called Great Jones Cafe. It is made with Blenheim Ginger Ale from South Carolina. This soda will knock you back on your feet and takes no prisoners. It is freakin’ fantastic. Read the rest of this entry »
Growing up, I split my life up between the suburbs of Philadelphia and Avalon, New Jersey, where I spent my summers. For those of you who don’t know, Avalon is a sleepy town by South Jersey standards, with a nice beaches, good food, and a few select bars and lounges. Read the rest of this entry »