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 – Fountainhead Market

Not the best picture of a holiday treat for myself. Groundswell Coffee Roasters made an exclusive Porter-influenced coffee blend for Fountainhead and the FH Market. Had to have some for myself. And there’s really no such thing as having too much scotch. 14 year old bottling by Gordon & McPhail from the Dailuaine distillery. 336…

De-mystifying Whisk(e)y, take 2

Time to launch back into talking about bourbon, its cousins, and more so – renaming this De-mystifying WHISK(E)Y since confusion, myth, and misnomers seem to apply across many types and not just bourbon. Here’s the first take, talking about bourbon and the law: https://www.boozybeggar.com/2015/01/02/de-mystifying-bourbon-take-1/ I quickly broke down the rules of bourbon-making and pointed out how…