• 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

    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…