Year: 2013

How (Not) to Kick Someone Out of a Bar

For years before I ever got into this whole cocktail thing, I worked in the sort of places that served beer and shots, had jukeboxes and ashtrays, sported video poker machines,and usually involved kicking a few people out over the course of every night. I have, like any bartender who’s done this sort of work, | Read More

How to Make Oleo Saccharum

I learned about oleo saccharum the same way most of us did: from David Wondrich’s fantastic book Punch: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl. But after so many years of making the stuff every morning for the bar, I had to find a simpler way to make it. Mission accomplished.

Infused Cointreau/White Lady

The White Lady is still one of my very favorite classic cocktails of all time. In this collaboration I did with Tanqueray, I show you how to make the infused Cointreau from The Bar Book, and then use that in a Tanqueray Ten White Lady. It’s perfection.

Wisconsin Brandy Old Fashioned

I’ve never kept my love of Wisconsin’s drinking culture a closely-guarded secret. In this video I show you how to make my version of one of the most iconic Wisconsin cocktails, the Brandy Old Fashioned.

The Bloody Mary Conundrum

Last year, my boss came to me with some very tragic news. News that shocked me to my core, and left me standing there, unable to speak, barely able to breathe. “We’re going to start serving brunch on the weekends.” Now, brunch is a tough prospect for any bar manager. The crates of oranges that | Read More

How to Make a Shandy (Beer Panaché)

I’m not a huge beer cocktail guy, but there is one drink I’ll never say no to in the summer: the Shandy. I learned about this drink in France in the 80s, and it’s been in my repertoire at home ever since. The French call it “Bière Panaché” and I think that sums it up: | Read More

Gin Alexander Cocktail – Dad’s Tale

One of my favorite drinking and puking stories comes from my dad. This is the story of how I first became fascinated with cocktail culture of the 1970s and 80s, and how a classic Alexander Cocktail should be prepared.

French 75 Cocktail – “I Never Got It”

The French 75 always seemed weird to me, mainly because of the glass you typically see it served in. A had an epiphany one day while browsing some old cocktail books and the rest, you might say, is history. Watch this to see what the French 75 really is, and why it’s so much better | Read More