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

Robert, 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. Best, --Steve

Manhattan Cocktail 25 Nov 2011
8:33 am

Just wanted to share a nice cherry discovery: http://www.tillenfarms.com. 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. Cheers!

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." Best, --Steve

Black Feather Cocktail 2 Mar 2009
8:44 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. Thanks, --Steve