C’est Si Bon – Daron Calvados

Well, it is again time to look at a rather underappreciated cocktail ingredient: Calvados! This very traditional French apple brandy is not very popular in bars, but it never fails to give drinks a perfect apple note. This is why I also had the idea to create a cocktail variation of a rather famous drink with it! I admit that the final drink is quite different from the original cocktail, but still, it perfectly showcases what can be accomplished by using calvados Read more

Time Of The Blue – Maker’s Mark 46

Today I want to take a look at nothing less than a bourbon icon! Maker’s Mark with its red wax seal on the bottle neck was, and still is, the favourite of many bourbon drinkers. However, since a few years there is a new version out there and since a few months it is regularly available here in Germany! On top of slightly higher ABV, the addition to the former singular Maker’s Mark line-up, comes with a new and revolutionary barrel management. Read more

Spirited News 01/2017: On Storks and Whiskeys!

For the first Spirited News of 2017 I am introducing whiskeys from the Spreewood Distillery to you – not gin – for a change! The distillery, formerly know as the Spreewald Distillery, is located in the Spreewald region South of Berlin.  The guys behind the renamed and reorganised company now produce a straight rye and a single malt whisky. Both carry colourful labels and pack quite a bit of punch! Read more

La Quête – Clement Blanc Canne Bleue 2015

It seems like I still cannot stop writing about rum! However, this time we at least take a look at a sugarcane juice based rhum instead of the ones made from molasses. The special thing about the Clement Blanc Canne Bleue 2015 is that it basically is an eau de vie distilled from just one sugarcane variety. On top of that, it also comes as a vintage bottling which is pretty special for an unaged rum. Let’s see how all of this turns out in the taste! Read more

Lucky Dime – Botran Ron Anejo Reserva Solera 18

To make the transition from Tiki month to the rest of the year as smooth as possible I decided to stay with rum as a spirits category a little bit longer. The rum I want to introduce to you today is not 18 years old, as you might expect from its label. Rather it is a complex blend of rums, with some part of it being 18 years old. However, what might just sound like the next overly sweet rum, is actually quite the opposite! Read more

Balthazar, Impresario – Plantation Rum Jamaica 2002

Well, the next cocktail in this years Tiki month is more or less a product of chance. Some time ago I was inspired by another drink to infuse red vermouth with chai tea, but at this instance I did not think about using it in a Tiki cocktail. However, when I pondered on which drink to create using the Plantation Rum Jamaica 2002 I luckily remembered the chai vermouth. Of course, there is also a great variation of other liquors in this, so it deserves to be called a Tiki drink! Read more

Planter From Havana – Compagnie Des Indes Tricorne Rum

Yes, I am also presenting a great new rum to you in this article, but the real star is a banana liqueur! Now you might turn up your nose, because you are thinking of artificial coloured and flavoured cheap schnapps. Yet, I will promise you that you will be surprised by this high quality banana flavoured spirit! Apart from that, I will also tell you everything you need to know about the Compagnie Des Indes Tricorne, a rum blend specifically created for mixing! Read more

Muertos Y Furiosos – Plantation O.F.T.D. Rum

The second instalment of this years Tiki month is also based on another classic Tiki cocktail, the Zombie! There is no better drink suited for a new overproof rum than this deadly and iconic Don the Beachcomber drink! The rum itself, the Plantation O.F.T.D. is the newest addition to the diverse line up of Plantation Rum and was developed with a top class of rum experts from all over the world! Read more

Tiki Month 2017: Augustine-Bar Rum Barrel

It’s February and this means that it is Tiki month again! In this proud tradition I present to you a month full of exotic, Polynesian-style cocktails. Of course, this also means a lot of rum, spices and extraordinary liqueurs. The opening cocktail for this year’s Tiki month is a classic Rum Barrel. However, I took the liberty of adjusting Don The Beachcomber’s recipe a little bit and create my own variation. Read more

Laurier – F. Meyer Mirabelle Eau De Vie

I know today marks the begining of the Tiki Month, but I still have an eau de vie review I want to share with you first: There is a rather brilliant cocktail from one of my bartender role models called the Dunkin Cocktail. This creation from Jamie Boudreau is a combination of pear eau de vie, rye whiskey, St. Germain and Angostura Bitters. With a new Mirabelle eau de vie on hand I thought it would be a great idea to create a spin on this Cocktail. As it turned out I had worst ideas than that! Read more

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