Archives for Spirits


Remy Martin VSOP

by Joe Shotkus April 15th, 2014| Spirits
Brandy in America has so many odd associations. Cognac has typically been associated with the upper class, and I guess who can blame it. For a brandy to be considered cognac it has to abide by an incredibly stringent set of laws, be aged in wood I can imagine
honey etc

Bee’s Knees Cocktail

by Joe Shotkus April 11th, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
Today's cocktail feature is a classic inspired by honey, the Bee's Knees. This is an incredibly simple cocktail, a true sour in three parts: Gin, lemon and honey. With all sours, I always suggest you squeeze your own juice or move on. It really does make that big of
barbados betty wolverton-george

R.L. Seale’s 10 Year Old Rum

by Joe Shotkus April 8th, 2014| Spirits
R.L. Seale's rum is malty. It's a big, dark aged rum weighing in at 86 proof. I love dark rum, especially when you can taste the sugar that it was distilled from. It's like having an understanding of the region from which it is derived. So few alcohols give
two drinks


by Joe Shotkus April 4th, 2014| Cocktails, Martinis
Similar in many ways to a Negroni, the Boulevardier is a drink rapidly growing in popularity in cocktail bars and restaurants around the U.S. It has equal portions and is a very simple cocktail by design, but depending on the ingredients used, can be such a different cocktail. I've

Carpano Antica Vermouth

by Joe Shotkus April 1st, 2014| Spirits
While Vermouth is not technically a spirit, legally or otherwise, it isn't really wine either. It has no qualities of a wine and for all intents and purposes, it has been tampered with. The process is simple: Take a red or white wine, infuse it with herbs and other

Papa Doble

by Joe Shotkus March 28th, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
Hemingway has many merits, and regardless of what you think of him as a writer he changed drinking for the better. He brought the daiquiri to America, and is credited with a few classics of his own. Many of his characters drank, and the drinks he gave them were

Don Cesar Pisco Puro Review

by Joe Shotkus March 25th, 2014| Spirits
Let me start by saying this. I love pisco. It's not as commonplace as it should be in America. It's sweet, though sometimes dry, but always bold and delicious. It always mixes well in cocktails, and any person who likes Pisco whom I've ever met I've enjoyed greatly. Perhaps
cinnamon stix


by Joe Shotkus March 21st, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
While looking for a cocktail feature for the bar I often look to see what we have a surplus of, usually an item we have several uses for whose original drinks have become under ordered as the seasons change. As winter began to fade people became less likely to

Luxardo Fernet Amaro

by Joe Shotkus March 18th, 2014| Spirits
Last week I did a cocktail featuring a unique alcohol called Fernet Branca. Many companies have attempted to make similar products as Fernet; of those, Luxardo has made a Fernet Amaro, matched in color and scent to the original. There is something different, something missing. Fernet is
drink on bar


by Joe Shotkus March 14th, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
The Classic cocktail the Rosita is one of those only now resurfacing from the golden age of cocktails, a blend of tequila, Campari and both dry and sweet vermouth with just a dash of bitters. It's more complex than everyone's favorite, the margarita, more similar to an Italian cocktail
tequila etc

Tequila Shot

by Joe Shotkus March 13th, 2014| Ask the Bartender
I don't know if this is actually a bartender question, but I thought it might be a good place to start.  If I am ordering a shot of tequila at a bar, does it really matter what type I order?  I understand that I shouldn't get really cheap tequila,
Green Bar Collective - Tru Organic

Greenbar Distillery Grand Poppy

by Joe Shotkus March 11th, 2014| Spirits
Celebrating a region through its cuisine is one of the best ways to get to know a location, and luckily with craft distillation some of the ingredients that define a region's landscape can be tasted from afar. Grand Poppy from Greenbar Distillery tastes of California.

Taking after the European tradition
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