Tipple Tuesday: Calvados Sidecar

Tipple Tuesday: Calvados Sidecar

If your holiday festivities include alcohol, consider putting a lighter drink in the rotation to refresh your palate from all the heavy bourbon, egg nog, and dark rum drinks. I suggest a variation on the Sidecar made with Calvados, a French apple brandy made up in Normandy with the same care as their southern neighbors make cognac. The sweet calvados and Cointreau mixed with the tart citrus bite of the lemon juice make the Calvados Sidecar a lively cocktail that will lighten your holiday spirits. Save this recipe card to…

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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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