The Cocktail Ritual — education

Rachel Eva
Hot Toddies: With or Without Whiskey

Hot Toddies: With or Without Whiskey

February 7, 2018 / Rachel Eva The Hot Toddy: warm, delicious, and believed by many to cure everything from a minor cough to the full-blown flu. While whiskey is traditionally the spirit of choice, the Hot Toddy is a decidedly forgiving beverage, and you can easily swap out the spirit for what you have on hand.  Preferably that substitute is something dark, like bourbon, rye, brandy, cognac, or rum, but feel free to experiment.  Try warming up a light rum or gin, and see how the hot water opens up the flavors and soothes your winter soul.  There aren't really a lot...

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Margret-Ann Natsis
Boston Sour Recipe: It's a Whiskey Sour with Egg!

Boston Sour Recipe: It's a Whiskey Sour with Egg!

Have you ever had a whiskey sour with egg white and bitters? Then you’ve had a Boston Sour! You may not have known it at the time, especially as many bartenders today favor the inclusion of an egg white in Whiskey Sours, often without using the cocktail's proper name...

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Rachel Eva
How to Stir a Cocktail with Jim Meehan

How to Stir a Cocktail with Jim Meehan

You know that some cocktails should be stirred, and others are better shaken - right?  Refresher: When to STIR When a cocktail includes all clear spirits & liqueurs.  When to SHAKE When a cocktail contains fruit juice, dairy, or egg whites So drinks such as the Old Fashioned Cocktail, Manhattan Cocktail, Sazerac Cocktail, and of course the Martini should all be stirred.  Don't believe us? Make two of the same cocktails side by side, and taste and see the difference.  Stirred cocktails maintain a viscosity, clarity, and smooth mouth-feel that's very satisfying.  Stirring is an artful form of preparation that's...

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