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Distillation Glossary: Pots, Columns, and a Bucket of Tails

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 7 comments

Not certain what the difference is between a pot still and a column still? We'll get you sorted out. More

Scotch Glossary: 10 Terms You Should Know

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 3 comments

Having trouble remembering the difference between single-malts and blended Scotches? Not sure what so singular about single malts in the first place? Today's your day. More

9 Easily Confused Cocktail Terms You Should Know

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 11 comments

Have you ever wondered about the difference between a spirit and a liqueur? What on earth is a cordial? And why is that bartender over there so precious that he has to call his Manhattan perfect, anyway? Here's your guide to a few easily-confused cocktail terms. More

The Serious Eats Guide to Absinthe

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 17 comments

There are so many misconceptions surrounding absinthe, and it's time to set the story straight. (Just here to drink? I've got 5 essential absinthe cocktail recipes for you, too.) More

Should Cocktails Get Simple Again?

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 10 comments

While some cocktail bars focus on ever-more unusual techniques and ingredients, there are bartenders and patrons alike who are beginning to push back. While some cocktail programs focus on the elaborate, we're beginning to see an opposite trend emerging: simplicity. More

7 Summer Cocktail Party Pitfalls To Avoid

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 3 comments

Spring is starting to turn to summer across most of the United States, and with summer comes an upswing in cocktail parties. Having co-hosted more than a few parties myself, I have a few tips to offer that will help you host a successful bash. More

5 More Cocktails Everyone Should Know

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 7 comments

The response to last week's list of 25 cocktails everyone should know was—let's say—vocal. Though I do believe the original 25 are the true essentials, stretching the number to 30 allows us to include a few more excellent drink recipes to have in your arsenal. More

Cocktail 101: How to Make a Martini

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 22 comments

How many ways are there to enjoy a martini? Over at Slate, Troy Patterson has given a lot of thought to this question. He staged a Tournament of Martinis, in the pattern of the NCAA basketball tourney. Starting with 80 recipes (yes, 80), he paired drinks up and let them battle for supremacy. He includes martini variations that I don't think of as such: for example, martinis with Chartreuse, Scotch, elderflower liqueur, or lime juice. Patterson's path is fun to read, but I have no intention of duplicating his work. Instead I want to focus on just a few elements of the martini: the ingredients, the ratio, the preparation, and the presentation, along with a little history. More

Cocktail 101: Savory Cocktails in Theory and Practice

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 6 comments

Forget the tomato juice. Put down the celery salt. If you can look past the Bloody Mary, you'll find a whole world of savory cocktails waiting for your enjoyment. Savory cocktails can be built using savory ingredients, such as vegetables and salt, or they can be made from savory spirits, such as aquavit, gin, and sherry. Smoky spirits, such as mezcal and certain Scotches, can also add a savory side to a drink. More

Beyond Green Beer: 5 Great Chartreuse Cocktails for St. Patrick's Day

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 6 comments

Today's drinks feature the lushly herbal Chartreuse in all its emerald glory. So leave your "Kiss Me I'm Irish" button in your junk drawer where it belongs and celebrate another way. More

The Serious Eats Guide to Cognac

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 3 comments

Cognac. To many, it's the ultimate in brandy. Now, you may ask why? Does it taste better? is it the expense? The time to make it? The grapes? The history? I'd say it's all of those things, and more. But what is cognac? How's it made, and what makes it special? More

The Serious Eats Guide to Brandy

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 13 comments

When I mention brandy, you probably have an image already in your head. An older gentleman, sitting quietly in a leather armchair, perhaps smoking a pipe while listening to Brahms, swirling a snifter of brandy around in his hand. We think of brandy as an Old World after-dinner drink. And I have to say, it serves that purpose beautifully. But if you limit it to that, you're missing out on a lot. More

Cocktail 101: Bourbon and Rye Drinks from a Low-Stocked Bar

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 17 comments

In this week's installment of my low-stocked-bar series, I'm turning my eyes to bourbon and rye, and I'll discuss easy cocktails you can make with those spirits and a few other ingredients you might happen to have on hand. More

Cocktail 101: Gin Drinks from a Low-Stocked Bar

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 14 comments

If you have gin and a few basic pantry ingredients, plus one other bottle, there are a number of cocktails you can make. Found a bottle of Chartreuse or Maraschino in the attic? Wondering what to do with it? Grab some gin and read on... More

Cocktail 101: Easy Cocktails From A Low-Stocked Bar

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 12 comments

Cocktails needn't be hard, and with the proper preparation, you can usually make a damn good drink even when your bar is sparsely populated. More

Cocktail 101: 3 Simple Hot Toddy Variations

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 1 comment

A basic hot toddy is so simple it doesn't really require a recipe, but for those of you like a little more zest, a little more complexity, here are three delicious possibilities. More

Cocktail 101: Stocking Up For a Storm

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 4 comments

This may seem like a frivolous question, especially while we're all still digging out from this mess, but as Sandy demonstrated, a massive storm brings two problems: there's not just the problem of what do you do if the power goes out, but there's also the issue of what you do while you're waiting. More

A Buyer's Guide to Vintage Cocktail Books

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 11 comments

You've been into making cocktails for awhile now. You've stocked your bookshelves with all the modern classic cocktail manuals, and you're finally ready to dip your toes into the vintage book scene. Where to begin? (Or perhaps, because it's the holiday season, you're shopping for someone who'd love a vintage cocktail book or ten. This guide is for you, too.) More

5 Amari to Try This Thanksgiving

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 16 comments

Thanksgiving evening. You push back from the table feeling satisfied but a little bloated. You know there's a beautiful pie waiting in the kitchen, but you can't look it in the pie eye, you just can't. You need a break, a walk around the block or the entire city, and possibly some Alka-Seltzer. Or, here's a thought: Try a digestive. More

5 Essential High-Proof Cocktails

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 5 comments

With an autumnal chill settling in, with various cultural and religious holidays approaching, and with the promise of hours locked inside with your family members, I thought maybe you'd want some advice on high-octane cocktails for a change. More

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