The Honeyed Homesteader

In my mind, rye and gin have an almost farmstead appeal to them, as parts of the early American distilling tradition, and their ties to the American farm (rye, because so many farmers grew it, gin because the variety of flavors ties to the ingredients on hand).  The name of this cocktail is also partially…

Classic Cocktails meets Modern Distilling Series, Take 1 – Sazerac

I am starting this cocktail series based on the classics. We’ll take a classic cocktail, we’ll use a few different recipes from my collection of books, from Imbibe magazine, and from other online sources. We’ll make an approximation of the classic, or the version I learned as a bartender, and then we’ll do some re-making…

Boozy Beggar Picture of the Day – The Toddy Goldman

 The Heidi toddy. Or is it the Toddy Goldman? Heidi’s chai tea infused vodka, egg white, honey syrup, splash of fresh squeezed lemon. Garnished with cinnamon and @bittercube cherry bark vanilla bitters. 2 oz Chai Tea-infused Vodka (see below for process) 1.5 oz of milk 1 oz honey syrup 0.25 oz fresh lemon juice egg white…

Boozy Beggar Picture of the Day – tea, lavender, honey, gin

2 oz hendricks gin 1.75 oz earl grey tea (i steeped two bags of Stash earl grey green and black in 10 oz of water) 0.75 oz brovo spirits lavender liqueur 0.75 oz fresh lemon juice 0.5 oz honey syrup (8 oz of clover honey and 8 oz of water heated together til honey dissolved)…

Boozy Beggar Picture of the Day – Contemplation Cocktail

A very contemplative cocktail for a night in reading, writing, relaxing. A mix of spices and citrus, herbs and roots, that’s subtle, and very much an integration of all the parts. 1.5 oz Biercee’s Thesis-Antithesis Gin 1 oz Brovo Witty dry vermouth 0.75 oz 1821 Bitters Tonic Syrup 0.75 oz BroVo Ginger liqueur Club soda…

Summer Cocktail Series #1

Ignore the low quality ice in the picture. This summer jam lit up my July 4th BBQ. Easily batched in advance too. 1.75 oz Denizen White Rum 0.75 oz BroVo Spirits Lucky Falernum 0.75 oz Luxardo Apertivo 1.0 oz Fresh Watermelon Juice 0.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice Put all ingredients in a shaker. Add ice….

April Fools’ Day at The Whistler

The Whistler conducted their 2nd Annual Cocktail Challenge a few weeks ago, and just announced the winners. Each will be featured on the menu on April 1st, April Fools Day, in what is basically a customer-cocktail takeover! In addition, 25% of the night’s profits will go to local Logan Square-focused charities. So you can check…