What does Midori taste like?

What does Midori taste like? A detailed description along with cocktail suggestions.

Tonight's experimenting with Midori worked out lovely. Though I will have to pick up another bottle, as I went through about half of mine. Taste of Midori Midori is a melon flavored liqueur; it originated in Japan (my bottle was made by Suntory, though). It is a very visually appealing … [Read more...]

Rusty Nail

Rusty Nail drink recipe: Scotch, Drambuie

The Rusty Nail cocktail is an old classic that dates back to the 1930s. It blends smoky scotch with sweet Drambuie for a flavor that's surprisingly sweet and easygoing. Even if you don't like scotch or Drambuie much, the combination of the two may actually work for you. The Drambuie's honey … [Read more...]

Avartini Cocktail

Avartini Cocktail recipe: Stoli Blueberi, blue curacao, Sprite

The Avartini Cocktail features Stolichnaya Blueberi Vodka, which is not the most common ingredient in cocktails. Here, it provides most of the liquor for the drink, and also most of the flavor. The blueberry vodka is clear, so the blue color of the cocktail comes from the half-ounce of blue … [Read more...]

March Rain Cocktail

March Rain Cocktail recipe: Tia Maria, Canton Ginger Liqueur, St. Germain, Casa Noble, lime juice

The March Rain Cocktail is something I created one rainy evening in March, hence the name. I started with sweet liqueurs, which is unusual for me since I generally don't love sweet cocktails, but it ended up not so sweet, with an even less sweet version that's just as tasty. I started with … [Read more...]

What does Port taste like?

What does Port taste like? A detailed description of the flavor, along with some cocktail suggestions.

Port is a fortified wine, traditionally made in Portugal; these days one can find 'port' that is bottled in America, but only port made in Portugal can have a seal that reads "vinho de porto garantia", ensuring it is authentic port. There are several varieties of port; I am dealing only with ruby … [Read more...]

Affinity Cocktail

Affinity Cocktail recipe: scotch, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters

The Affinity Cocktail is an old-school style cocktail, with no fruity liqueurs or fancy herbs. It features two fearsome ounces of scotch, plus dry and sweet vermouth, so it's technically a double. With scotch-based cocktails, I always mention that you don't need to break out the expensive … [Read more...]

Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey Review

Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey

I recently received a bottle of Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey to sample and review. I'd never tasted this brand before. The website says it represents the company's "attempt to create the most interesting Blended Irish whiskey."   The smell of this whiskey reminded me of an apple … [Read more...]

Frisco Sour

Frisco Sour drink recipe: rye or bourbon, Benedictine, lemon, lime

The Frisco Sour is an old classic. The usual recipe for a sour is your main ingredient + lemon + simple syrup or sugar. But this drink uses Benedictine for sweetening. Benedictine is technically a brandy, but it has a flavor that's hard to convey in words. It's sweet - too sweet for many … [Read more...]

What does Campari taste like?

What does Campari taste like? A detailed description along with cocktail suggestions

Campari is a translucent dark red liqueur that's most commonly drunk by itself as an aperitif (before a meal) or in cocktails like the Negroni. It's made from herbs and fruit, and is often referred to as bitter. Campari is a proprietary recipe owned by one company, Campari Group, so there are no … [Read more...]

Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee drink recipe: Irish whiskey, hot coffee, Irish cream, whipped cream

The Irish Coffee is a classic cocktail featuring coffee and Irish whiskey. There are three variations on it, one with just Irish whiskey and coffee. If you prefer it sweeter, go with the optional Irish cream or sugar. (The Irish cream gets my vote.) This is a quintessential after dinner … [Read more...]