These are sample bottles, but yes you can get them in 750ml bottles at retail.
We received several samples of Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac, and some Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, and we can safely say - this stuff makes a great drink (see after the jump). How did this new liquor come to be? Cognac Ferrand owner Alexandre Gabriel with help from cocktail historian David Wondrich wanted to recapture the spirit of the quintessential cocktail days of the 1800s and Pierre Ferrand Cognac 1840 Original Formula was born.
Back in the nineteenth century, when the art of the cocktail as we know it first came together, barkeepers knew that nothing made for a better mixed drink than a good "three-star" Cognac. Pierre Ferrand 1840 is bottled at 90 proof, higher than most Cognacs, making it exceptionally mixable in cocktails like Crustas, Juleps and Punches.
We had the pleasure of receiving a bottle of Cruzan Aged light rum this month and took it with us on our yearly trip to Martha's Vineyard. Many, many, many drinks were made, and a great many of them with our bottle of Cruzan. We aren't big rum drinkers but we do know what we like and the rich notes and drinks we made came out smooth and delicious.
Looking for a packable brew for your next backcountry camping or hiking trip? We can't vouch for whether it's any good or not, but a company called Pat's Backcountry Beverages claims to have your answer:
Pat's Backcountry Beverages have developed a powdered beer concentrate (not a new concept) that, when added to water and placed in their special carbonating bottle, makes "microbrew quality" beer anywhere.
We think they mean "craft beer quality" but that's just the snob in us picking nits. [via Geekologie]
Looking for the ultimate craft cocktail experience around the US or around the world, but not sure where to start? We just got our hands on Destination: Cocktails, a book by James Teitelbaum, that might just fit the bill. Teitelbaum traveled to dozens of cities around the world and sampled hundreds of cocktails in all kinds of bars, from dives to five-star hotels.
As we page through the book we see multiple examples of finely-crafted cocktails using top notch ingredients, as well as profiles and information on the bars themselves. Just a few pages was enough to make us want to pack up our bindles and travel the open roads from bar to bar, and we would like to thank the folks at Santa Monica Press for supplying us with this fine book.
Back when we were in college (read: when the crust was still cooling on the earth) we were fascinated with "what glows under black lights." By "fascinated" we mean "we loved painting things with laundry detergent under a black light while drinking gin and tonics and wearing white clothes." Sue us - we were idiots.
If you're looking for something a little more adventurous, we recommend Aurora Jungle Juice, which apparently looks absolutely badass under said blacklights. We do, however, recommend you leave the laundry detergent out of it.
WHAT YOU NEED
2 liters Gin or Vodka
9 Liters Tonic Water
3-4 Bottles Roses Mojito Passion, OR 3-4 Canisters of Pink-Lemonade Concentrate
Mix all ingredients together shortly before the party begins.
Add ice as late as possible before drinking.
Introducing Sparkle Donkey tequila, a (new) legend with a rich (made-up) history.
...as time passed and word of his strange, lustrous aura and invigorating, ambrosial drink spread, the Sparkle Donkey became a powerful symbol of hope -- an iconic and inscrutable totem that resonates to this very day.
This one's brought you by the folks who make Bakon vodka, if you're curious...we haven't tried it yet but we wouldn't mind getting some Burro Esparkalo on our tongues.
In our new life as a Sunday morning bartender, an important job is making sure we have a delicious bloody mary waiting when a customer orders it. We do Bloody Mary (vodka), Bloody Marie (aquavit), Bloody Maria (tequila), and Bloody McCarthy (bourbon), so I'm not worried about the booze (though i may think about kicking up some bacon-infused vodka in the future). What I want to do is kick up my bloody mary base a notch.
To that end I've been reading up, and it looks like I'm on the right track. I use local horseradish when we can get it, homemade pickle brine, a bit of beer, and anything else to make it tastier. To that end we've rounded up a few likely suspects for an excellent base.
See them after the jump, in no particular order - anybody have a recipe that can top these?
The Triple Distilled Diagram of Alcohols chart by Pop Chart Lab organizes various alcohol types together into one educational and fun to read (Especially while enjoying a tasty alcoholic beverage) print design. A limited edition of five hundred 18″ x 24″ signed and numbered prints are now available to purchase...
Attention! The Olympics have been going on for a few days now, but it is not too late to begin playing drinking games centered around them! Finally a sport where everyone wins! My only addition would be to take a drink every time the Queen makes a terrifying frowny face...even if it's only in your imagination.
We've been pretty interested in the concept of beer running lately, though we admittedly spend more time focused on the beer part than the running part. Last night we stumbled across an article at Offtrackplanet about Hashing, a game that brings a new level to the beer run. All you need is some friends, a good area for running, some booze - and maybe a flashlight.
The rules look pretty simple:
One person (or a small group of people) are selected as hares and given a head start to create a trail using either chalk, flour, or a chalk-flour combo. While the hares are running ahead, the rest of the hash gets as sloppy as possible in a short time. Then, already sporting a solid buzz, they take off in attempt to catch the hares by following the symbols the hares have left behind.
We will say we think they're missing an opportunity to add some spice to the chase if they gave about 80% of the booze to the hares. It weighs them down a bit sure, but it definitely adds motivation for the rest of the pack.
Check out the rest of the story - including the history of the hash, the symbols used by the hares, and the importance of hashing nicknames - at What the F*ck is Hashing?