Here you’ll find articles about my favorite ingredients, techniques, and cocktails.
For the last 10 years, I’ve been bartending everywhere from German-style Bierhalls to fine dining cocktail bars. I’ve read countless books on the subject and have always been thirsty for more knowledge. I’m really into beer and am a Certified Cicerone. I hope you enjoy my ideas!
Shrub, or drinking vinegar, has been utilized as a health tonic and culinary ingredient for centuries. Today shrub is used in everything from craft cocktails and cuisine to household cleaning supplies and spiritual tools. What is Shrub? Shrub is a vinegar flavored with fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices, and sometimes sugar. It is the natural biproductContinue reading “Drinking Vinegar Shrub”
While exploring interesting ingredients for original cocktails, I experimented extensively with green cardamom. I tried to infuse gin with it; I tried adding it to shrubs; I tried to use cardamom tea as a replacement for Pimm’s; the list goes on. What I found is that the most effective and logical way to use greenContinue reading “How to make Green Cardamom Syrup”
The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart is one of my most dog-eared books. In this book, Stewart covers the history and horticulture of 160 different plants related to the production and consumption of alcohol. She expertly combines scientific fact with cultural whimsey to explain how and why the world’s most popular alcoholic beverages came toContinue reading “The Drunken Botanist Book Review”