12 Most Interesting New Products for Cocktails
The Twelve most interesting new products for cocktails? Certainly there are more than 12, but for the intent of this assignment, I chose 12 that influenced me in positive ways this past year. Sure there are some recognizable brands and a couple of under the radar finds. I was a Ministry of Rum judge in 2010, so Rum fits the profile as do bitters and of course Bourbon! This year I was named the “On Whiskey” Columnist for OKRA Magazine in New Orleans- and that led me to the discovery of Absinthe- another historic spirit enjoyed in New Orleans, location of Tales of the Cocktail. Twelve? Only Twelve? I’d better get cracking!
Day 7: Root Beer Flip! Me? I’m a root beer guy. And I’m also a BLT guy. But in terms of drinks, I’m a root beer guy. Unless I’m drinking whiskey, in which case I’m a drunk guy. Either way. This drink here? Well… It’ll knock your dick in the dirt. (Which is an expression that a friend of mine used to say quite a bit, but I’ve never honestly understood what it meant. (Until now.)
Day 7: Root Beer Flip!
Me? I’m a root beer guy. And I’m also a BLT guy. But in terms of drinks, I’m a root beer guy. Unless I’m drinking whiskey, in which case I’m a drunk guy. Either way. This drink here? Well… It’ll knock your dick in the dirt. (Which is an expression that a friend of mine used to say quite a bit, but I’ve never honestly understood what it meant. (Until now.)
Philly Homegrown Holiday Drink Round-Up
With the holiday shopping season upon us, we thought it might be helpful to give a few suggestions on where you could stop, take a break and actually enjoy some holiday spirit(s). Below is a list of some of our favorite haunts and festive drinks, with a slight locavore bent, of course!
The Best New Spirits of 2011
I don't think wine makes a great gift. Its perceived value is tarnished by the way bottles are casually dealt out at the door by dinner party guests upon arrival. However, I do think fine spirits make splendid gifts. Elegant bottles can be found in whatever price range suits your fancy—from $30 on up—and, even better, a spirit makes a lasting impression, since it's unlikely to be consumed right away. Here are my picks of the year's best new spirits.
RHUBY: Art in the Age’s Organic Spirit
This 80-proof Philadelphia spirit harkens back to Ben Franklin and John Bartram's recipe for rhubarb-flavored tea.
ROW 14: Where Booze Meets Beauty
People who are passionate about their work are usually very knowledgeable and very good at their jobs. This is a life lesson I’ve learned over the years working in the nonprofit and education fields. It was reinforced tonight as I sat with master mixologist and official “Bar Dude,” Travis Plakke, at Row 14. I signed up for a drink menu preview and lucked out in getting history and chemistry lessons as well. Much like dining, it completely changes the cocktail experience to understand where the ingredients come from and how different flavors work together.