Start Eggnog Now For Your Christmas Festivities

Start Eggnog Now for Your Christmas Festivities

Make this year's Christmas festivities special and make a batch of eggnog now and age it in your fridge for the next 73 days. This stuff is so much better than the cartons you see in stores around the holidays. I talked my parents into making some around the beginning of December last year and it turned out great. It was even better around the beginning of January. The age improves it pretty quickly, rounding out the bite of the alcohol and blending the flavors together. It probably isn't worth…

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There’s More Than Just Whiskey At Tuthilltown

There’s More Than Just Whiskey at Tuthilltown

Amanda and I drove up to Tuthilltown Distillery this past weekend. I'd been there once before a few years ago with my friend Jason Kelly for their gin launch party, but they've really stepped up their game since then. Tuthilltown is best known for their fantastic line of whiskey: bourbon, rye, and unaged corn. Any liquor store worth its salt carries at least one of their five varieties: When I say their line of whiskey is fantastic, I mean it. I've tried the whole line at least once and have…

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Negroni Week On Snack Time

Negroni Week on Snack Time

I do a podcast with Sean Nelson called Snack Time. In Episode 3 Sean and I celebrate Negroni Week on the air. We discuss recipes, bitters, art, hipsters, and glassware. I get a little tipsy and say "incredible" too much, and I have minor recording issues that I'll fix on the next episode. Listen to it over at SnackTime.fm, iTunes, or Overcast.

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Tipple Tuesday: French Negroni

Tipple Tuesday: French Negroni

Regular readers know how much I love the classic Negroni. That wonderfully bitter flavor profile from the Campari isn't for everyone, though. If you prefer something sweeter that still has a lot of complexity, the French Negroni might be the drink for you. The French Negroni subs Lillet for the Campari in the original recipe. This adds a sweeter floral flavor to the drink. I learned about the French Negroni from the Speaking Easy Podcast (which you should definitely listen to): It's a Lillet and Chill kinda night. Even if…

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Tipple Tuesday: Orchard Boulevardier

Tipple Tuesday: Orchard Boulevardier

Here is a drink for your next bonfire or fall outing. Not only does apple cider make this drink festive, but it includes Campari (which if you are a regular reader, you know I love), spicy rye, and a good vermouth. It also scales well. You can easily make a large batch for your next party. Credit for this recipe goes to Serious Eats. I merely scaled it for one, made it, and took photos of it. Orchard Boulevardier 3 oz Apple Cider 1 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey 3/4 oz…

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Tipple Tuesday: Rye Old Fashioned

Tipple Tuesday: Rye Old Fashioned

Fall has arrived here in NY. With a cool breeze coming through the window as I write this, I can't think of anything more fitting to imbibe than a rye old fashioned. There are more variations of this drink than there are grains of sugar in it, but here is my favorite: Rye Old Fashioned 2 oz Rye whiskey 1/4 oz simple syrup 3 dashes of orange bitters 1 homemade maraschino cherry 1 orange peel 1 large ice cube (I use this mold and this kit.) Combine the simple syrup, bitters,…

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Tipple Tuesday: Negroni

Tipple Tuesday: Negroni

In my opinion, the king of all summer drinks is the Negroni, which is said to have been born in 1919 when Count Camillo Negroni asked the bartender at Caffe Casoni to replace the club soda in an Americano with gin. The result is boozy, bitter, and wonderful. The simple equal-parts recipe of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth is a great base for young cocktail artisans to experiment with. Here are some ideas: Add a few couple of dashes of orange bitters (my preferred recipe) Try different gins Swap Aperol for…

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Tipple Tuesday: Campari Soda

Tipple Tuesday: Campari Soda

During the hot days at the end of summer, my go-to liqueur is Campari, a potable bitter aperitif made from bitter herbs, aromatic plants, and fruit. It is bright red and deliciously bitter, which is much more refreshing in the hot sun than sweet, sugary drinks. I'm sharing two Campari drinks this week and three next week. Campari Soda is one of the simplest Campari cocktails to make. Mix 2oz of Campari with soda and ice in a highball glass, then garnish with a lemon. Since its alcohol content is only 24%, once mixed…

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