Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Barrel-aged Cocktail Experiment Begins

I just got my mini-barrel (about 6 inches tall and roughly 1 liter in volume) from Thousand Oaks Barrel Co. in Virginia. I opted for a little barrel to start my cocktail aging experiment for a couple of reasons: first, … Continue reading

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The Anti-Bed Bug Fragrance May Already be Here

Back in January, I wrote about bug repellents, and reviewed an all-natural herbal bed bug repellent (by scent alone; mercifully, I have not had the opportunity to personally test its efficacy). “Many of us,” I wrote, “are looking for a … Continue reading

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The Cost of a Drink: The Trident Cocktail

I’ve been dying to try Robert Hess’s Trident Cocktail, a variation on the Negroni that substitutes each ingredient for something more unusual and adds peach bitters. I’m excited to make this drink because it’s one of a very few that … Continue reading

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Aviary’s Ice-Bound Old Fashioneds

Browsing a blog post by Wayne Curtis, a cocktail columnist for the Atlantic Monthly, I recognized the subject: the not-yet-open but already celebrated Chicago bar, Aviary. I posted a video earlier this week about their project of barrel-aging cocktails. In … Continue reading

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Vermouth 101

I wish there were a website as good as Vermouth 101 for everything in the cocktail world. It’s a simple, well-organized introduction to one of the most common but least understood cocktail ingredients. Here are some of the more enlightening … Continue reading

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Video: Barrel-aging Cocktails

The Basics: Portland bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s blog post about barrel aging cocktails (read the comments, too) Robert Simonson’s New York Times article on barrel-aged cocktails Bars that serve barrel-aged cocktails: Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon is where it all started. … Continue reading

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Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray Soda and the Fresh Smell of Celery

In yesterday’s post about Serge Lutens’ Jeux de Peau, the fragrance that smells like “buttered toast,” I mentioned that a friend detected notes of celery in it, specifically Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray soda. As promised, I cracked open a can of … Continue reading

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More Booze Battles: Havana Club

Havana Club, the state-owned Cuban rum brand that made an international distribution deal with liquor giant Pernod Ricard in 1993, is sold in every major market in the world—except for the U.S. Blame the trade embargo against Cuba. I’ve had … Continue reading

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