• Cocktails

    Friday cocktails: Barware, Jameson Slushies, Perfect Martinis and Emerson, Lake & Palmer

    A brief guide for the weekend. It’s hard to operate a home bar without good barware, as explained in All the Essential Barware You Need at Home   From Liquor.com, a short on a bourbon-based cocktail (at right) called The Inside Job.   Perhaps a bit frothy, but a Dye House cocktail (left) (from Samuel Nelis, Waterworks Food + Drink, Winooski, Vermont via Gaz Ragan) looks cool.   From Gastronomista, this idea (right) beats all hell out of an Icee: Jameson Slushies.     My mother has always enjoyed an old-fashioned at Christmas.  See this below from Liquor.com: And finally, from Crave, a return to The Perfect Martini, which is likely a bit…

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    The Drinking Reader, Our Cocktails Magazine, Tom Jones and Other Weekend Matters

    White Collar Wire supports cocktails. As part of that effort, I have a magazine on Flipboard called (helpfully) “Cocktails.”  Follow here, read on and use good ice. Two items we focus on — books and cocktails — come together in How to Build a Solid Drinking Library, by New York Times writer (and bartender) Rosie Schaap: Are there places I like as much as great bars? Yes: great bookshops. And if I had to pick a favorite in the latter category, it’s Dog Ears Book Barn in the little town of Hoosick, N.Y. Conveniently, it’s just a little ways down Route 7 from the Man of Kent, one of America’s best…

  • Cocktails,  Crime Fiction,  Theology

    Crime, Cocktails, Fiction and Scripture: blogs, links and sources on white-collar crime, cocktails, crime fiction and theology

    We have recently updated and supplemented our “Blogs | Links | Sources” page here.  It might be the most useful page on the site, with multiple links to writers and journalists dealing with White Collar Wire’s primary afflictions: white collar crime, cocktails, crime fiction and theology. Blogs|Links|Sources White Collar Generally Walt Pavlo  — excellent source of daily news and commentary.  Also, see his articles in Forbes. PonziTracker — by Jordan Maglich.  The source for all things Ponzi. DealBook — New York Times blog led by Andrew Ross Sorkin. White Collar Crime Prof Blog — thoughtful source edited by Ellen Podgor, with contributions by Solomon Wisenberg. White Collar Watch — by Peter…

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    Weekend: cocktails, World War I, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn and Marvin Gaye

    For this weekend: cocktails, World War I, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn and Marvin Gaye. From Saveur, warm-weather whiskey cocktails.  Some of the drinks sound good.  All of the photos are cool: From the folks at Garden & Gun magazine, Ten New Southern Beers and a bourbon root beer float not far down the road from us: Rob McDaniel met Will Abner for the first time in a field in southwestern Virginia. They were both at Lambstock, shepherd Craig Rogers’s bacchanalian annual gathering of farmers, chefs, bartenders, and other food-and-beverage types. “I was finding wood sorrel and wild shiso in the fields up there. Will just started making cocktails with it. I thought, ‘That’s…

  • Cocktails,  Crime Fiction,  Poetry,  Style and Grammar

    Okay, So It’s A Lurid Book Cover: Summer Weekend Cocktails, Dylan Thomas on YouTube, Good Writing and Great Music

    Our notes for Friday, beginning with cocktails; moving through literature; ending with music. Brown Whisky Is Not Just For Winter.  From the New York Times, some summer drinks using brown booze. And Old-Fashioneds Aren’t Always Dark.  From Gastronomista, a tequila old-fashioned that actually sounds good. Go Scandinavian.  As long as we’re discussing traditional cocktails with non-traditional spirits, I might try an aquavit Manhattan (if I can find some aquavit) (from Saveur.com). Movie Booze.  For movie buffs, from Liquor.com, a list of The 6 Most Influential Drink Orders of All Time. There’s Always Time For Good Writing.  Some superior prose passages from “After Deadline.” Welsh Poetry Is Good For You.  From the…

  • Cocktails,  Crime Fiction

    Cocktails and Crime: Martini Quiz, Vermouth Ratios, Posner v. Holmes, New Gins and Crime Conventioneers

    As is customary on Friday, a few White Collar Wire notes on cocktails and crime fiction. June 19 was “World Martini Day.”  Seriously.  The London Telegraph posted a martini quiz.  How deep is your see-through knowledge?  Here is the first question: Q.1 The martini, a mix of gin and vermouth with a lemon twist or olive, is one of our most famous cocktails, but its history is cloudy. Which one of these is not a legend about its origin? It is a descendent of an earlier drink called the Martinez, which was invented in the Californian town of the same name in the 19th century It was a created in a…

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    Memorial Day Weekend Cocktails, Plus A Navy Seal’s Commencement Speech

    Best wishes for a happy Memorial Day weekend from White Collar Wire. From the New York Times, this set of interactive videos about summer cocktails is a great start to the weekend. The Thin Man movies starring Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell and Myrna Loy) combine two elements of our mission (cocktails and crime fiction).  This montage from several “Thin Man” films has some of their best martini-hits.   We support gin here at White Collar Wire.  See this article about the renewal of gin in London.  And, on the subject of gin, from Liquor.com is this video on the Corpse Reviver Number 2. Tiki drinks are a hot-weather favorite.  From Saveur.com,…

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    Come Fly With Me: Airplane Drinks, Beer For Breakfast, Cocktail Science and Socrates

    Our notes on cocktails this Friday. From Gastronomista, an Avua Cachaca Pam Am cocktail: I was recently introduced to Avuá Cachaça, a relatively new cachaça on the market.  After a boozy night out on the town touring some of New York City’s best bars, including Sasha Petrosky’s famed Milk & Honey, I’m convinced that this is a bottle I want to keep in my library of libations.     Please place your seats and trays in their upright and locked position.   Indeed, on YouTube, “Come Fly With Me” by Frank Sinatra.                   From Saveur, for those who like it dark and early…

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    Weekend Cocktails | Backwards Bartending and Neo-’80s Beverages

      White Collar Wire’s weekend cocktail notes. From Emily Arden Wells, who writes as Miss Emma Emerson at Gastronomista, here are cocktails served backwards in crisp videos.  As she says: You sit down at a bar, peruse the menu, decide on a tipple, order, and then… wait.  It is this moment of waiting that has indescribable power.  This moment is filled with anticipation – a pause – and it is the time I always use to watch the scene behind the bar.  I carefully observe the tender of bar, watching his or her hands quickly trade bottle for bottle, add ice, bitters, and then delightfully shake the concoction or stir…

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    Friday Cocktails | Drinking In London, Watching Your Vocabulary and Freezing Your Cubes

    To begin the weekend: London’s top cocktail bars, a whiskey glossary and a history of ice cubes. London Calling. The drinks aren’t cheap, but here’s a look from The Guardian at the top 10 classic cocktail bars in London: London’s cocktail scene is booming, with new bars opening all the time – but if you want to treat yourself to a flawless classic then head to a hotel bar. Cocktail expert Jared Brown chooses the best, plus some cutting edge places where top mixologists are producing drinks destined to become the new classics.   Definitions.  From the folks at Saveur, a handy whiskey glossary. Cutting Much Ice.  And, in what may the…