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Celebrating National Mojito Day - History & Mojito Variations

(Cover photo courtesy of Liquor.com)

National Mojito Day is celebrated on July 11th, but in reality, Mojitos can be and should be enjoyed all summer-long. Below you will find many different variations on this classic Cuban-born elixir along with it's history.

Distillery Spotlight - Sons of Liberty Spirits Company

Sons of Liberty Spirits Company (SOL) located in the beautiful and picturesque New England region was founded to revolutionize and re-define American Whiskey. By challenging a long history of traditions, the new American Whiskey was re-born in the form of SOL Single Malt Whiskey and seasonal whiskies.

Celebrating "National Martini Day and with Primer & Classic Cocktails

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. There is much debate among connoisseurs as to the ratio of the ingredients (vermouth to gin), style of gin, ice level, shaken versus stirred, and garnish that is best, but most will agree that the gin-vermouth combination is one of the classiest and best cocktails ever created.

World Gin Day - Celebrating 5 of the Finest Gins on the Planet (with Cocktails)

Gin has a long and eventful history, but most people aren't familiar with all the great gins being produced around the world. Most are familar with Beefeater, Bombay, Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray, and maybe Gordon's, but what about all those craft gins available on the market today. What is the difference between Dutch-style gin and London-dry gin? What countries produce gin?

Refreshing Organic Summer Cocktails Featuring SQ1 And Del Maguey

(All photos not credited courtesy of Square One Organic and Del Maguey). Some recipes adapted by Michael Nagy.

 

Square One Organic Spirits, LLC – Novato, California

Square One, a pioneer in organic spirits, uses 100% organic Montana rye and pure water from the aquifer originating from the Teton Mountains in Wyoming. The bottle labels are made from a blend of bamboo, sugarcane and cotton, which are also organic.

Cocktail Spotlight - Cognac Old-Fashioned Cocktail The Proper Way for "National Cognac Day"

Renowned mixologist, Jeffrey Morgenthaler, from Clyde Common in Portland, trained his staff by the original ‘1806 Hudson Balance’ method. The latter was named after the newspaper that defined the idea of the “Cocktail” being a mix of sugar, bitters, and spirit with a few teardrops of water.

Celebrating "National Cognac Day" With Heavenly Spirits Cocktails

In celebrating "National Cognac Day", here is a Cognac primer. Cognac is synonymous with "fancy," something rich folks sip after dinner in a snifter. Do most people know its French?  What kind of spirit is it actually? Brandy, perhaps.  What do all those acronyms XO and VSOP mean? Yes, it refers to the age of the cognac, but a little more complicated.

Cocktail of the Week - Twists on the Classic Hemingway Daiquiri and Proper Daiquiri (video)

The classic Hemingway Daiquiri is my "Cocktail of the Week" and great for sipping in the summer months. Enjoy the different takes on this classic libation. Also, because I was in the daiquiri 'spirit', I included a great You Tube video from my friend and colleague, Marsha Meyer, on making a proper Daiquiri - check it out along with the classic recipe. BTW, this Daiquiri is not the frozen kind.

Classic Spotlight - The Mystery of the Manhattan (with recipes)

As with most infamous classic cocktails, there are many theories as to the origin of the “Manhattan”. By definition and in the truest sense, the Manhattan is a splendid, well-balanced cocktail. The warmth and full-body character of the whiskey, the sweetness and complexity of the vermouth, and the bitters to balance everything out is perfection in a glass.

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