When we landed back in Montone, the party was already in full swing. It was a kick to catch up with our Italian friends: the winter was long and wet, the spring has been cold and wet. A few of our transient comrades were already here, a few more arrived as we touched down. Of cocktails and comrades we have plenty!Read More
It’s time to take the plunge and start making some creative cocktails at home. Discovering cocktails leads you down the same path as learning about sex:
*Infatuation: you throw vodka and rum into everything, pretend your are Capt. Morgan and drink with wild abandon.
*Experimentation: oh, gin is good; scotch is interesting, what happens when I add some bitters to the mix!
*Regrets: I went home with who?? I’ll never drink tequila again.
“Twas cocktail time in Montone. The swallows are circling overhead, the sun is setting and the moon is rising.
Our World Cocktail turned out to be the The Bloody Pearl:Read More
World Cocktail Day Could there be a better day for World Cocktail day than Friday the 13th? Cocktail makers have a weird sense of humor. I mean, who names a cocktail The Corpse Reviver?Read More
Bloodthirsty Go now! Go find ‘em! Get thee some blood oranges now! One of Jeff’s best cocktail inventions ever. Inspired by Bluecoat gin….oh yeah!Read More
Tangiers Happy First Day of Spring! The tangerines are in season in my neck of the woods, and they were Jeff’s inspiration for the Tangiers Cocktail.
2 oz. gin.
1/2 oz Maraschinio
1/2 oz freshly squeezed tangerine juice
Delish. Next time we’ll try it with a Campari rinse, just to keep things interesting. Looking forward to all colors and flavors of springtime!Read More
Mysterious because there are more variations on this classic cocktail than I’ve seen for any other cocktail. It’s odd that this cocktail has no ‘definitive’ version, although it is alleged to be the precursor to the Martini.
Marvelous because it is very delicious in an aromatic way.
Mythical because every cocktail historian has another spin on how it came to be.
Martinez? I have yet to find a reference as to why it called a Martinez. Something about a guy in a bar named Martinez….?
Day 3 and we’re about to rename this event the Salone del Bust-Out because the temptation to taste is so strong, we can’t resist, and now we are about to Bust Out of our clothes! We finished off last night with a rousingly good cocktail workshop hosted by Agostino Perrone. He runs the fabled Connaught Hotel Bar in London.Read More
we invented the Pomeranian cocktail. So named because our friend Deb was infatuated with the idea of getting a Pomeranian puppy and because the drink featured pomegranate juice. Deb realized her folly, got another cat or three, but we’re still in love with grenadine. That’s what you call fresh pomegranate juice mixed with simple syrup: grenadine.Read More
Once again, Cocktail Guru Mitch comes through! When I shared my recent goods news with him…I FOUND LIMES! He immediately suggested we give the Brandy Shake a try. For anyone not familiar with my lime angst, I’ll keep it simple: There are no limes in Umbria. It puts a serious crimp in cocktail making, I’ll tell you that.Read More