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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Tipple Tuesday: It’s Negroni Week!

Tipple Tuesday: It’s Negroni Week!

Let's get right to business: Equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. Make it even better with orange bitters and an orange peel. If the bitterness of the classic Negroni isn't your thing, use Lillet Blanc instead of Campari to make a French Negroni. June 6-12 is Negroni Week, a time to sip one of the best cocktails we can imagine and support some great charities. Save these recipe cards to your iPhone and import them into the free Highball app.   The simple recipe is easy to remember, easy to…

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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: 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: Watermelon Refresher

Tipple Tuesday: Watermelon Refresher

Keeping with last week's theme of local in-season ingredients, this week's tipple was inspired by the beautiful watermelons available at last week's farmers' market. Notes Be sure to wait until the watermelon is ripe and flavorful before you use it for this cocktail, otherwise you won't taste it. I used IKEA's elderflower syrup. You could use 2:1 simple syrup instead, but the elderflower gives it a wonderful flavor. The fresh mint is a must, but you could substitute lemon juice for the lime juice depending on your preference. A floral…

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Tipple Tuesday: Blackberries Three Ways

Tipple Tuesday: Blackberries Three Ways

I like strong warming drinks in the winter, but when the heat rolls in I prefer light refreshing drinks made with in-season ingredients. Blackberry season is in full swing right now, so here are three refreshing drinks made with fresh blackberries. All three have different liquors and flavors, but each is refreshing in its own way with a wonderful blackberry base. One is made with gin, one with rye whiskey, and one with vodka and St-Germain. Each of these drinks contains simple syrup. If you need a refresher on how to make it, I've…

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Tipple Tuesday: Starting A Home Bar

Tipple Tuesday: Starting a Home Bar

This post is for people who want to put the days of drinking handles of Kamchatka and Ten High behind them. You've probably had a few craft cocktails at cool bars and are hooked. You want to learn more and start making them at home, but don't really know where to start. This post isn't for those who consider themselves knowledgable about liquor and mixing drinks. If you are one of those people, check out the other posts in the Tipple Tuesday archive. If you are ready to step into the world of…

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Tipple Tuesday: Infusing Gin With Rose

Tipple Tuesday: Infusing Gin with Rose

"Infusion" is one of those words that sounds more complex than it really is. Infused spirits are all the rage right now at cocktail bars, but you don't need to go out to enjoy them. You can make your own infusions with your preferred ingredients at home. There are three main ways to do infusions: Classic immersion method: Mixing the ingredients in a glass gar and letting them sit for a few days to a few weeks in the dark at room temperature. Better for fruit and herbs. Heat infusions…

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