Tuaca Italian Liqueur and the Livorno Cocktail

December 13, 2008

My initial association with the word Tuaca is a horse. Why someone named a Quarter Horse after an Italian liqueur, I’ll never know. I’ll admit I was surprised to discover the current owner of Tuaca the horse had never heard of Tuaca the liqueur. Then again, even though I had heard of it, I don’t […]

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Zen Green Tea Liqueur and the Matcha Cocktail

December 11, 2008

I have fond memories of witnessing a traditional Zen Buddhist tea ceremony at the Smithsonian Museum. We were given small sweets, and after the ceremony, a taste of the matcha tea. It was bitter and strong, not like any tea I had tasted before. I can still remember that taste today. Thus, when I read […]

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Cocktail Fail Tale: the Broadway Smile

November 17, 2008

Searching for more drinks to make with my Swedish punsch, I found yet another entry in Erik Ellestad’s ongoing stomp through the Savoy. This one is the Broadway Smile. Broadway Smile Cocktail 1/3 créme de cassis (Briottet) 1/3 Swedish punsch (homemade) 1/3 Cointreau Use liqueur glass and pour carefully so that ingredients do not mix. […]

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Bellringer Gin and the Bitter Apricot Cocktail

November 7, 2008

Every Thursday night, starting around 7 pm EST (00:00 GMT), we meet in the Mixolseum chat room and make up drinks. Usually we have a theme centered around an ingredient that we try to experiment with. The theme for November 6 was gin. Participants were asked to find a gin they haven’t previously purchased. This […]

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Pooh Bah Cocktail

November 3, 2008

Believe it or not, I still have a little bit of my bottle of Swedish Punsch left. Tonight I decided to find a recipe to appreciate it. I hit a real prize with the Pooh Bah cocktail. Pooh Bah Cocktail 3/4 oz gin (Bombay) 3/4 oz light rum (Flor de Caña 4 year Extra Dry […]

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Ginger Syrup

October 29, 2008

I love ginger. Ginger ale, ginger beer, gari, gingersnaps, gingered mashed potaotes, you name it, I will presume I’ll love it if it’s flavored with ginger. Back in my homebrewing days, I flirted with making my own ginger beer, but never followed through. I did make my own ginger syrup, and found that when mixed […]

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Genever Cocktails — The Amsterdam and the Rembrandt

October 6, 2008

Having already tried the Basic, Fancy, and Improved Gin Cocktails with Genevieve Genever Gin, I wanted to find some additional drinks to use this great new ingredient. The first that caught my eye was the Amsterdam Cocktail, which I found in the CocktailDB. Amsterdam Cocktail 1 1/2 oz genever (Genevieve) 3/4 oz orange juice 1/2 […]

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Black River Sidecar and Thursday Drink Night

September 22, 2008

This past Thursday Drink Night at the Mixoloseum was a resounding success. And not just because my submission, the Black River Sidecar, was named best off-the-cuff drink of the night. But I’m thrilled at the wonderful write-up Rick did over at Kaiser Penguin, including a great photo. Black River Sidecar 1 1/2 oz cognac 3/4 […]

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Bluecoat Gin and the Corpse Reviver No. 2a

September 19, 2008

It’s definitely a fun time to be a gin lover in the US. Several distillers across the country are producing new, exciting gins. I’ve tried most of the West Coast contenders, but my latest acquisition comes to us from Philadelphia: Bluecoat American Dry Gin. The distiller tells us they use a handmade copper pot still, […]

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MxMo XXXI: 19th Century Cocktails — Plain, Fancy, and Improved Gin Cocktail

September 13, 2008

Another month, another Mixology Monday! This month, the theme, courtesy of, is 19th Century Cocktails. I’ve been joking with the crowd over at the Mixoloseum that we all need to claim our page in Imbibe! and go from there. I decided to be greedy and take several. As a long time gin fancier, I’ve […]

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