The Cocktail Ritual

Rachel Eva
Hot Toddies: With or Without Whiskey

Hot Toddies: With or Without Whiskey

February 7, 2018 / Rachel Eva The Hot Toddy: warm, delicious, and believed by many to cure everything from a minor cough to the full-blown flu. While whiskey is traditionally the spirit of choice, the Hot Toddy is a decidedly forgiving beverage, and you can easily swap out the spirit for what you have on hand.  Preferably that substitute is something dark, like bourbon, rye, brandy, cognac, or rum, but feel free to experiment.  Try warming up a light rum or gin, and see how the hot water opens up the flavors and soothes your winter soul.  There aren't really a lot...

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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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