The Cocktail Ritual

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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Copper and Gold: Metal Finishes and Plating Durability in Barware

Copper and Gold: Metal Finishes and Plating Durability in Barware

We waited 3 years to release a copper (and gold) version of our beloved Aero Cocktail Spoon. Why? We had to get it right. Just last week I had the same exact conversation with two different spirits brands: the copper-plated barware they used to promote their high-quality gins and whiskeys started flaking within weeks.

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The Improved Whiskey Cocktail: How to One-Up your Old Fashioned

The Improved Whiskey Cocktail: How to One-Up your Old Fashioned

March 20, 2019 / Rachel Eva If you’ve read the blog for a while, you may have picked up that the Old Fashioned Cocktail was one of our first, favorite drinks. How many people share that same story? I can see you, all across the internet, raising your hands… There’s a reason the Old Fashioned is a popular first in our collective experience of classic cocktails, craft cocktails, and at-home cocktails. It is widely considered to be THE first cocktail, when cocktails were invented. A cocktail’s core elements are spirit, bitters, sugar, and water, and so when bar patrons ordered...

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The Margarita Cocktail: 4 Ways

The Margarita Cocktail: 4 Ways

February 22, 2019 / Rachel Eva  It’s National Margarita Day! After a heavy February full of rain and bone-chilling wind, the sun is shining in San Diego. As soon as I finish this post we’re headed to the local tortilleria for some fresh-made tortillas to go with our ripe California avocados and fresh Mexican salsa. To the rest of you, still under a blanket of snow: pull the tequila out of the cabinet, slice open a fresh lime, and join us in spirit (pun intended).   Who Invented the Margarita? What is a classic Margarita? Where did it come from?...

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