Category Archives: Bartending

Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail: I Wish You Love

In bartending, as in life, the fundamental things apply. And time goes by. Thank you for watching.

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Moonraker, Mountain Dew, Moonshine, or White Lightning?

This article first appeared in the Coloradoan newspaper. If it shed any light on the subject at all — and it doesn’t remotely — I might be tempted to elaborate on the actual term “moonshine,” and where it originated: i.e. rural England (circa 1780), when country smugglers hid illicit barrels of French brandy in shallow…

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A Green Fairy Named Absinthe

This article first appeared in the Coloradoan newspaper, which took a tomahawk to it and ruined it. You won’t like absinthe if you don’t like black licorice. Absinthe — mint-green star in a constellation of multicolored bottles, over-proofed, over-hyped, overrated, mythologized, mystified and then demystified — won’t, all reports to the contrary notwithstanding, make you…

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Wodka!

This article first appeared, in slightly altered form, in the Coloradoan newspaper. The Polish call it wodka. The Russians call it vodka. The word itself comes from the slavic voda — meaning “little water” — and, like water, vodka is colorless, odorless, and often enjoyed ice-cold. Distilled from fermented potatoes, or fermented grains (like rye…

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Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail: Mojitos, Daiquiris, Rum Sours, and More!

This video was made for a recent article, which was rather deplorably edited, and which I therefore reprint below as it was originally written. Getting Numb With Rum Rum, like the hangovers it can create, is a side-effect, a by-product: a by-product of the juice that comes from sugarcane. And that, really, is one of…

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Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail: Spirit Hound

Deliver my soul from the sword, my darling from the power of the dog: Thank you for watching.

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It Never Entered My Mind

The latest in our Putting-the-Cock-Back-in-Cocktail series: Watch all the others here.

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Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail: Sazeracs & Manhattans

A reader writes: In your last video (which I enjoyed somewhat) you said the Old-Fashioned isn’t the oldest cocktail on written record, and you are correct. The Sazerac is. When will you do a vid featuring that one, bud? Here you go, bud: Thanks for watching.

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Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail: Mixing the Proper Old-Fashioned

Is there any cocktail that gets people as lathered up about technique as the Old-Fashioned? If there is, I don’t know about it. Come and have a drink with the unwashed.

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How to Make the Perfect Gin Martini

The Perfect Gin Martini: This is Part 8 in our Putting-the-Cock-Back-in-Cocktail series: Don’t forget to watch the Carpet-Licker and the Cosmo. And Getting Numb with Rum

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The Carpet-Licker and the Cosmo

And other fine, fine cocktails from the 1980’s: Possibly Related: Getting Numb with Rum

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Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail: Rum

Nothing says springtime like a refreshing rum cocktail — refreshing, with its remoter connotations of freshets and bursting water. Come and have a drink with the unwashed:

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Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail (Part 7): The Blue Blazer

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A Bartender Responds to Barack Obama’s “If-You’re-a-Bartender” Comment

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Bleach-Haired Honkey Bitch

I am, as many of you know, a writer by day and a bartender by night — and yet, as many of you may not know, I’m not merely a bartender by night: I’m also a very passionate man. As such, the creative spirit I strive to pour into my literature occasionally spills over into…

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