Steve Rosenthal

since March 2009


Interview with Bill Samuels Jr. of Maker's Mark 2 Sep 2009
7:05 pm


Thanks for branching out with these interviews.  I enjoyed this as well as the interview with the Plymouth guys.  I hope you’ll continue to do more.



Manhattan Cocktail 25 Nov 2011
7:33 am

Just wanted to share a nice cherry discovery:  I saw their Maraschino and Bing cherries in my local grocery store.  I’ve tried both types in a Manhattan and would recommend either.  None of that waxy, artificial taste or texture that you get with typical jarred Maraschino cherries.  The Bings are a great change of pace for a garnish—deep color, earthier taste.


Saratoga Cocktail 7 Sep 2009
3:45 pm

Wow.  What a nice drink.  I used Sazerac rye, Korbel XS brandy, and Noilly Pratt sweet vermouth (and of course, Angostura bitters), and it wound up tasting similar to sherry.

Satan's Whiskers 6 Apr 2009
4:33 pm

Hi Robet,

I just tried this drink.  Very nice, fragrant, and smooth.  I made a few substitutions, though.

I found some blood oranges at the store, so I used blood orange juice, which has a great flavor and a great deep red color.  Really nice looking in the glass.  I also couldn’t let that beautiful peel go to waste, so I garnished with a twist instead of a cherry.

I also went the reverse on vermouth:  Noilly Pratt for sweet (which I prefer over Martini) and M & R for dry.

Lastly, I couldn’t find the Angostura Orange Bitters at my local BevMo, but they had Stirring’s Blood Orange Bitters.

Maybe I should call this “Satan’s Bloody Nose.”



Black Feather Cocktail 2 Mar 2009
7:44 pm

Hi Robert,

I just happened to discover this site yesterday. What a great find.  I just tried the Black Feather tonight.  My wife and I really enjoyed it.  Being out of Cointreau, I used Grand Marnier.  The biggest surprise to me was how well the Dry Vermouth works in this recipe.  I would never have imagined it.

I’ll be making this one often.