There is a persistent myth that has grown rampant in the world - that great bourbon and rye, the great treasures of the imbiber's New World, can only be made and barreled in a small fraction of the land of "amber waves of grain." But just like The Star Sprangled Banner, bourbon and rye, and all the wonderful in-betweens of American Whiskey, belong to no man, state or county. Learn more about our favorite Whiskies of the West.
Recently we've been fans of simple cocktails - just look at Melissa's incredibly fun and practical post on "no math" cocktails. Complex and elaborate cocktails will always have a special place in our hearts, but sometimes something that's quick and easy is just the ticket. But that doesn't mean that we can't expect a lot out of our simple cocktails! Quite the opposite - simple but uncompromising cocktails is one of out favorite challenges.Read more →
Welcome back to Lowering The Bar - our series on answering some of the most common questions we get from our curious visitors. Today we put together some Agave cliff notes to help you dive deeper into the wild, diverse world of tequilas, mezcals and all things agave!Read more →
Recently I was helping a friend come up with a cocktail of his wedding - he wanted something gin based, with lots of flavors of pine and other California rooted flavors. I set off experimenting with different vermouths, teas, fresh infusion, etc. And while I was getting close to the flavors he wanted, the end result always tasted somehow not complete. Like something was too thin and hollow. Many of us who experiment with cocktail recipes know all too well the frustration of feeling like the cocktail is almost there - but somehow held back from being fully realized.Read more →
Batching cocktails can be tedious - but, as I learned, with the right set of guidelines and a willingness to experiment and make mistakes (often delicious mistakes!) - you too can make cocktails for 100 people (or for 5, or just for you? This is a judgement-free zone).Read more →