Get to the Root of this Whiskey


Hot Mic

1 1/2 oz Ginger Whiskey [Misunderstood Whiskey]
3/4 oz House Blackberry Cinnamon shrub
1/2 oz Licor 43
1/4 oz Lemon Juice

Shake with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass.  Garnish with crystalized ginger and blackberries.


My parents really seem to have this whole retirement thing down pretty well.  They are pros at keeping themselves busy.  Adult education classes at local colleges, random performances in and around town, along with traditional hobbies like biking, knitting, and reading all fill their day.  Real talk though, the activity that gets me most excited about retirement is their wine, beer, and booze tasting circuit.   Continue reading

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Whiskey from the Left Coast


Jungle Primary

2 oz CALI Whiskey [CALI Distillery]
.5 oz Amaro Nonino
.5 oz House Blackberry Cinnamon Shrub

Stir with ice, strain into an ice filled rocks glass.  Garnish with blackberries.


A few weeks ago the people behind Sukkah Hill Spirits sent me some of their latest venture, a foray into the whiskey world.  They dubbed their CALI Whiskey as a “California twist on the classic American sipping whiskey.”    Being card carrying member of the brown spirits fan club, I couldn’t wait to crack it open. Continue reading

Break Out the Metal Pole


Rock the Bells

1 1/4 oz Rock and Rye <Hochstadters>
1 oz amber rum <Folly Cove>
1/2 oz Benedictine
1/4 oz orange juice
Few dashes Fee Bros whiskey barrel aged bitters

Shake with ice, strain into ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with orange peel


There was a restaurant in the town where I grew up that billed itself as a trendy, modern italian place.  It was the first restaurant I ever saw that had “trattoria” in its name.  While I don’t remember much about their food, they did have a giant jar upfront filled with rock candy.  I have no idea why, but I didn’t ask questions. I would just make sure to grab one every time I was in there.  It was like candy crack to me.  Imagine my surprise years later when I found out about a cordial made by combining rye whiskey, rock candy, orange peel and some bitter herbs.  Needless to say, I grabbed a bottle as soon as I found it. Continue reading

The Manhattan Project


New Amsterdam

2 oz Bourbon <Woodford Reserve>
1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth
1/2 oz Cointreau
Few dashes orange bitters <Fee Brothers>

Stir with ice, strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry*


When I thought about how to start this whole blog thing off, there was only one drink to write about…the Manhattan.  You could call it my gateway cocktail. Continue reading