since December 2010


Pumpkin King Cocktail 22 Nov 2011
11:34 am

In anticipation of the question I know someone is bound to ask, it looks as though Jamie is using Cock ‘n Bull Ginger Beer here. 

For me, finding the right ginger beer has been a challenge.  In addition to trying out several excellent commercial products such as Fever Tree, Blenheim, and (being form Atlanta) Red Rock Ginger Ale (similar to Blenheim), I have tried several recipes for homemade carbonated ginger beer as well as the noncarbonated version from the PDT cocktail book.  It seems that each ginger beer brings its own unique flavor profile to the final drink, which is what has made it so difficult to settle on which to use.  I suppose in the end it all comes down to personal taste, and perhaps, using different products for different drinks.  Somehow though, this answer seems unsatisfying.

I would love to hear Jamie’s take on this subject.

How to Make a Green Blazer 12 Nov 2011
7:31 pm

What spirit/which spirits do you use in the ginger and cinnamon liqueurs?

How to Make a Green Blazer 15 Nov 2011
5:46 pm

In the video, you use a cappuccino wand to steam the drink before setting it alight. Would using a cappuccino frother as you do with egg drinks have a similar effect because of the air, and therefore oxygen, indroduced, or does the heat/steam play a special role?

How to Smoke a Cocktail 14 Dec 2010
10:54 am

I’m really interested to try this at home.  I absolutely loved the cubed old fashioned, and smoking a cocktail seems to be yet another interesting way to introduce more complexity to a drink. 
Have you ever tried using a vaporizer to infuse a cocktail with flavor?  While you wouldn’t necessarily get the smokiness that comes from burning the tea/herbs/etc., it seems you might get a more pure flavor that comes from heating them to just below the kindling point.  Thoughts?


"Old Fashioned" Simple Syrup 15 Oct 2011
3:14 am

As others have said, great syrup, but one that inevitably crystallizes in the bottle.  While I haven’t put this to the test, adding some gum arabic should prevent the sugar from crystallizing. This will also give the syrup a thicker mouthfeel, which hopefully shouldn’t cause too many problems and might even be welcome in drinks like the Cubed Old Fashioned (which is excellent). Not sure how it would play in the Hot Toddy done Blue Blazer style though…

Tasting Rant - How to Taste Cocktails 14 Dec 2010
10:58 am

Where did you purchase your ‘pimp’ cup? I have a small shot glass that I use at home, but it really isn’t the same.  The closest thing I have been able to find is a small egg cup.

Thanks for the post,