The Cocktail Ritual

Rachel Eva
The 5 Best Bourbons for Making Mint Julep Cocktails

The 5 Best Bourbons for Making Mint Julep Cocktails

“His breath in her face was strong with Bourbon whiskey mingled with the faint fragrance of mint...a combination of odors that she always associated with her father and instinctively liked in other men.”  It appears Gone with the Wind’s iconic Scarlett O’Hara could’ve been wooed by the smell of a Mint Julep cocktail on a man’s breath. We can’t blame her - this bourbon mint cocktail is rather intriguing. While it’s often enjoyed within the context of the Kentucky Derby, we believe a classic Mint Julep is meant for year-round pleasure.  History of the Mint Julep Cocktail The Mint Julep...

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Rachel Eva
All I Wanna Do is...Make a Paper Plane Cocktail

All I Wanna Do is...Make a Paper Plane Cocktail

The Paper Plane cocktail is a simple delight, but unique in that it’s not widely popular. While you can never go wrong with a classic cocktail, who doesn’t love impressing their guests with something a little off the beaten path? Especially with a beverage that will have them nodding along in agreement - likely to the catchy tune of M.I.A’s Paper Planes. History of the Paper Plane Cocktail Finish that lyric: “I fly like paper…” I can almost guarantee you know the next four words. Apologies, because you will now have that song stuck in your head the rest of...

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Margret-Ann Natsis
Boston Sour Recipe: It's a Whiskey Sour with Egg!

Boston Sour Recipe: It's a Whiskey Sour with Egg!

Have you ever had a whiskey sour with egg white and bitters? Then you’ve had a Boston Sour! You may not have known it at the time, especially as many bartenders today favor the inclusion of an egg white in Whiskey Sours, often without using the cocktail's proper name...

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Rachel Eva
How to Muddle Mint for Cocktails the RIGHT Way

How to Muddle Mint for Cocktails the RIGHT Way

Muddling is an often-overlooked skill for cocktail-makers, especially when your go-to drink at the end of the day is an Old Fashioned or a Gibson Martini (you know we love those!).  But with summer in full-on-hot mode, those cool refreshing drinks that incorporate fruits and herbs are being guzzled left and right.  They're bright, light, bubbly, and go down easy.  During strawberry season I tend to add strawberries to anything I can think of. Strawberry daiquiris, anyone?  You do NOT need a blender - just muddle some fresh strawberries in the bottom of the shaker before adding simple sugar, lime,...

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