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Seasonal Spotlight - "Happy Father's Day" And "National Martini Day"

Follow this Martini primer if you want the "perfect" Martini. Just ask anyone who received one from me (Sam Sharp). There is “The Martini” and then there are martinis and, quite often the latter has little or no resemblance to the original. The classic Gin Martini, made of gin and dry vermouth, will always remain a classic and a favorite of many.

Cocktail of the Week - "Mai Tai"

Being a cocktail historian and enthusiast, I am intrigued by the mystery surrounding the classic "Mai Tai" tropical cocktail. So after some digging and researching, I decided to share with all of you the myths and facts related to this truly one-of-a-kind elixir that has been around for a long time and enjoyed at every corner of the globe. Here is my attempt to clarify the facts.

World Whiskey Day - Whiskey Primer, Stories, & Cocktails

The countdown to #WorldWhiskyDay is upon us.  World Whisky Day invites everyone to try a dram and celebrate the “water of life” on May 21st.  World Whisky day celebrates all types of whisky/whiskey from anywhere in the world. World Whisky Day is all about making whisky fun and enjoyable. You can drink it however you want (ice, water, mixer – whatever works for you).  A splash of water with your bourbon really brings out the unique aroma and flavor.

(Whiskey cover photo courtesy of Whiskey Cheatsheet.com)

 

Bar Spotlight - "The Way You Hold Your Glass Reveals Key Personality Traits"

 

 

As a follow-up to last week's blog post, here is a fun discussion on personality traits related to the way drinkers hold their class. Again, for purposes of novelty, not exact science, but in my many years of servicing the drinking public, I have caught on to a few things. Much of this information was being tabled for my new book, but I thought all of you would have fun going through the list diagnosing your friends and self-analysis...As always, enjoy!!!

Seasonal Spotlight - Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a Rare Tequila & Cocktails

The development of “De la Tierre” Canadian Maple Tequila didn’t happen overnight, but was an instant success. My good friend Wayne Rezunyk and his friend Troy put their heads together one day and came up with the concept. After a little research and tasting, of course, they realized that they stumbled onto something special. That extensive testing and researching led them to what is now known as “De la Tierre” Canadian Maple Tequila, first of its kind in the world.

Go Green with Organic Earth Day Cocktails

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd and to honor what it stands for I am offering up truly "green", farm-fresh, organic ingredients and cocktails for spring. As an added bonus, I list the best fruits, veggies, herbs, spices, and florals to be used in cocktails, infused spirits, syrups, purees, and juices for the season, best way to prepare them, and what base spirits pair best with them. Thank you to Nicole Friend and my friends from over at Sauza Tequila for contributing.

Cocktail Spotlight - "International Gin & Tonic Day"

Array of modern Gin & Tonics drank around the world

International G & T Day (April 9th) has come and gone, but why not celebrate this classic elixir the whole month of April as we transition from spring to summer. Even though the G & T has lost some of it's luster over the past decade, it still remains iconic, especially for traditionalists. New age bars and bartenders have begun to modernize it by serving it many different ways without losing the distinct G & T taste.

National Absinthe Day - The Highly Mysterious "Spirit"

#NationalAbsintheDay falls every year on March 5th. The term “absinthe” comes from “Artemisia absinthium”, the scientific name for its key ingredient, wormwood. Long before distillers discovered it, the herb was used for medicinal purposes.

"Cordial-ly Yours" - A Peak Into The World Of Cordials/Liqueurs

In lieu of #NationalKahluaDay on Feb 27th, let's get to know a little more about that classification of alcohol known as #liqueurs or #cordials, the latter is the more widely used term in Europe, but liqueur in the USA.  They are interchangeable. I personally prefer the term cordial so that will be used throughout this piece.  Cordial literally means “to warm” in French and is an adjective used in describing someone who is nice or warm.

I will give a brief description of the cordial, #Kahlua, along with many other popular cordials.

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