Category Archives: Bartending

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 vodka. 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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Putting the Cock back in Cocktail (Part 6): Scotch

It’s that time of the year again: Tequila! And the-always-risky-whisky

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Putting the Cock Back in Cocktail (Part 4): Whiskey

Whiskey — or whisky, if you prefer — is a distilled spirit that’s usually made from corn, rye, barley, wheat, or, very often, a cross combination of some or all those. Whiskey is almost always aged in wooden casks which almost always consist of charred white oak. The word “whiskey” is an anglicized version of…

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