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Why Vodka is the Utility Player of the Bar

Clearly Important

November 02, 2016

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Vodka

You’d be surprised how much there is to a well made vodka. By definition it is a neutral spirit made from anything that can be fermented and distilled. The goal is to be tasteless, odorless, clear, and pure. Then the spirit is cut with water before bottling down to a reasonable drinking percentage. We do not . . .

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The Evolution of Tequila and Mezcal

All Tequila is Mezcal but not all Mezcal is Tequila

March 02, 2016

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Tequila and Mezcal

Note: This category of Spirits is in an interesting stage due to new laws and the appreciation for Mezcal in the United States currently.

Tequila has been protected by law for a long time and has to follow a few rules. It can only be made in five states: Jalisco, Guanajuato, Michoacán, . . .

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Why Amari is the New Black

da zero ad eroe

March 02, 2016

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Amaro

Amaro translates very easily into bitter. Campari is actually an amaro but it is crucial enough to get its own section. You can drink these after dinner, or before, to stimulate the appetite and then help to settle the stomach. They have been used as a digestive aid forever and in cocktails they add a . . .

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A Bar Without Campari Is No Bar At All

March 02, 2016

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Campari

Campari is an Italian company and actually owns Wild Turkey down in Kentucky. For some more cool trivia, it used to be colored with red bug shells but they stopped in 2006. If you care about rankings Wine Enthusiast gave it a 96 out of 100 a few years ago (post bugs) and that places it in great company with some of . . .

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Your Grandfather Liked Anise and You Should Too

for a Cloudy Afternoon

March 02, 2016

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Anise Liqueur

For whatever reason our American taste buds aren't really huge fans of anise the way just about every other culture is. The Turkish go nuts for Raki while the Greek drink their Ouzo. Sambuca is seen more on the table and less in the club in Italy and in Southern France, Pastis and water is a . . .

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Why Triple Sec is the New Curaçao

But it doesn't really matter

March 02, 2016

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Orange Liqueur

You know what I am talking about, Triple sec or Curaçao if you like to sound fancy! The stuff that Chili's has been up charging us for in our giant sugar town presidential margaritas for years. Originally produced on the island of Curaçao in the Caribbean Sea, it is a liqueur (pronounced like . . .

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How Brandy is the OG of Modern Distiliation

The Original

March 02, 2016

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Brandy

Eaux-de-vie. Burned wine. Blame it on the Henny. Etc. Brandy is basically the corner stone of distillation and aging spirits as we know it today. Brandy is made from fruit. It is very common to see grapes used as in Cognac or Armagnac but apples, peaches, plums, whatever can be used. Without brandy we would . . .

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