Toasting With an Ikon

Remember back when vodka was vodka? Simple, pure, colorless. Nearly tasteless, except for the “burn”. Back before distillers began adding a dizzying array of flavors and colors. Ikon does. They’ve been making vodka in Russia the same way since 1862. When...
Posted On 13 Apr 2007

Going Brazilian

Everything is going Brazilian. There’s Brazilian bikinis. Brazilian waxes. (Necessary when wearing a Brazilian bikini.) And one of the hottest trends in spirits right now, Cachaça, pure sugarcane rum from Brazil. Exceptional smoothness is one of its signatures, and...
Posted On 06 Apr 2007

Get Naked in the Rain

Here’s a couple of new spring/summer cocktails from B.R. Guest’s Director of Cocktail Development, Eben Klemm. Using Prohibition-era speakeasy cocktails as his inspiration, Eben puts a new twist on some old classics. The two I’m posting today, Naked in the Rain (just...
Posted On 05 Apr 2007

DiFUZE the Damage

I like this trend toward healthier drinks lately. Vitamins, antioxidants, herbal infusions. Drinks that aren’t just better for you, but actually taste good and give you some real health benefits as well. (And after some of the last few weekends you’ve had, you could...
Posted On 03 Apr 2007

Worshipping the Green Goddess

In honor of spring finally springing I wanted to post a drink you could use to celebrate the warmer weather to come. It’s called the Green Goddess and it was created by our friend, and star of the Modern Mixology DVD, Tony Abu-Ganim. Mix up a couple of glasses and get your...
Posted On 02 Apr 2007

Flemings’ Vinotinis

Several readers have written in asking for a few drink recipes that are a little different than the usual mixed drinks. And are impressive when serving the ladies you’re entertaining. I like where your heads are at. I have a couple you’ll love. They’re based on...
Posted On 30 Mar 2007

Nice Ice, Baby

People are anal about their water. (I figured I’d just jump right in today.) So many things they’re particular about. It’s gotta be distilled. And come from a “natural source”. If they’re extra picky it must be Artesian. Then there is the...
Posted On 27 Mar 2007

You Should Know Jack

You can find hundreds of places online that list drink recipes. But if you want those recipes served up with a side of snarkiness, topped off with a generous helping of lounge music, head over to thebar.com. Jack Parker, resident Master Mixologist, dispenses his vast knowledge of...
Posted On 26 Mar 2007

Mix it Up – Modern Mixology

You can’t over-stress the importance of proper tools. Sure you can improvise with what you have lying around, but to quote Chris Rock: “You could drive a car with your feet if you want to. That don’t make it a good f***ing idea.” Well said, Chris. If...
Posted On 23 Mar 2007

WhiskyFest Chicago 2007

If you’re a fan of whiskey (and aren’t we all), get to Chicago on April 13. Malt Advocate magazine is holding their 7th annual WhiskyFest Chicago, featuring “more than 200 of the world’s finest, rarest, and most expensive, single malt and blended Scotch,...
Posted On 22 Mar 2007