• Cocktails,  Poetry

    Thanksgiving Cocktails, Truman Capote, Puritan Poetry

    A few notes for your Thanksgiving: a holiday examination, Mumm champagne, an old-fashioned cocktail from Garden & Gun, the French 75 (its history and variants), Puritan poetry (no Puritans = no Thanksgiving), Truman Capote and Loudon Wainwright III. First, while still sober, take this test from Liquor.com: From the formidable Emily Arden Wells  at Gastronomista, a Cocktail Friendsgiving with G.H. Mumm Champagne.   Although I usually repair to gin drinks, this recipe for an old-fashioned from Garden & Gun is the real thing: If, like me, you do not care for Bloody Marys, a French 75 — essentially, a cocktail made with gin (or sometimes cognac), simple syrup, fresh lemon…

  • Cocktails,  Crime Fiction,  Theology

    White (Collar) Christmas: Gin, Crime, Theology and the Rat Pack

      The hour is upon us, so herewith a few Christmas items. Cocktails Here from the archives is a recipe (via Garden & Gun magazine) for Milk Punch for Christmas Morning and a new recipe for An Old Old-Fashioned   . From our friends at the Gin Monkey blog, a gin drinker’s gift list and from Gastronomista, a recipe for Jagermeister and Rye.  Yikes.       Crime From J. Kingston Pierce of The Rap Sheet, here are 10 of The Most Arresting Crime Novels of 2015. Marilyn Stasio, crime fiction reviewer for the New York Times, sets out her 2015 favorites in Death Takes No Holiday   . Theology From David Zahl at Mockingbird, Consuming 2015:…

  • 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…

  • Cocktails

    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…

  • Cocktails

    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…