You will find all of my homemade ingredients here:
Right now rum from Fiji is kind of en vogue. This might also be the reason why Plantation released their second bottling from this small Island in the Pacific. I was a little bit indecisive … Read more
Since a few years, there is a clear Amaro trend in US bars. However, as with a lot of “trends”, e.g. tequila, it seemed for quite some time that it would not gain a foothold … Read more
After short holidays here on the blog, I will present to you the rest of the Dry Fly line-up. Besides the potent Cask Strength and the huckleberry wine finished wheat whiskies I already sampled, there … Read more
After diving into rye whiskies some weeks ago, it is time to take a closer look at some other American whiskeys as well! In this case, it is all about an unconventional and therefore rather … Read more
Well, yes I said I was not going to write about gin if it does not come in Navy Strength. However, this new one from Munster has coffee in it! Coffee – the stuff that … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
Until now this year has been a good mix of eau de vies and gin here on the blog. So, after the hazelnut eau de vie I have featured last week, let me introduce the … Read more
I know, the No. 3 Gin is not that new. Indeed, it has been around for quite a while and it is more or less a classic London Dry gin. However, it is still worth … Read more
Maybe you have been wondering lately what is wrong with me? So many weeks gone by and no review of a new gin ! Well, do not despair, it is time to sample a new … Read more
After all this bourbon whiskey, it is time to focus on some interesting agave spirit again! In the case of the Don Fulano Fuerte, we are not only talking about a high quality tequila, but … Read more
I know that the El Presidente is a great cocktail and it is what you should order when you are craving something stronger in Summer. That being said, there is no reason why you should … Read more
It seems like this months theme is cognac! That’s fine for me! As I already told you in my last post, cognac is far too underappreciated in cocktails! Some people think of it as not … Read more
6760 miles, this is how far this new gin had to travel to get to me. No wonder if you take into account that it is distilled by the Inca Distillery in Lima, Peru. Luckily, … Read more
While everyone (bartender) loves bourbon and rye whiskey, they easily forget about other interesting whiskey categories from the States. There is a growing number of corn, Tennessee and wheat whiskies from a few big producers … Read more
Sometimes I get a little bit swamped by spirits to sample and try. So I thought, why not introduce a new category on the blog? In this category I am going to shortly introduce each … Read more
While being mostly great on their own amaros and vermouths also make great cocktails. Also the beautiful thing about cocktails made with fortified wine is their relatively low ABV while at the same time delivering … Read more
There are different ways of adding elements of another drink to a cocktail, aging, infusions, fat-washing… Still, one of the easiest ways is prepairng a syrup containing some of the ingredients used in the original … Read more
In my last newsletter I promised you new articles on gin, but I am afraid you will have to wait a little while longer. However, I will try to make up for it with even … Read more
Some time ago I published my first article on making bitters. Which basically gives you everything you need to create your own style of bitters. However, there are also defunct bitters out there and some … Read more
Finally, it seems to have caught on with spirit start-ups that the next new gin might not be the best way to start your venture. Besides the already featured German rum, Birds Weissbrand is another … Read more
After the Original Dark and the Black Cask the Barbados 5 Years Rum is the third bottle from the French Plantation rum series I am featuring here on my blog. Now you might suspect that … Read more
Sometimes you are not really looking for a new recipe when you get hit by a flash of inspiration! Ok, I admit while browsing through the Starchefs photo gallery I often cannot help myself, but to … Read more
Iceland probably is famous for many great things (e.g. volcanoes), but one thing I never figured is that they would become famous for spirits. Nevertheless, this is already the second product I am reviewing from … Read more
It seems like I have neglected this category for quite some time now. Something has to be done against that! Luckily I was just experimenting with a cordial recipe, which is the perfect opportunity to … Read more
It’s been a while since I last shared a homemade recipe with you. Finally the wait is over: I found the time to make some liquorice syrup. Find out how to make some delicious bittersweet … Read more
After the Tonic Water Tasting, I asked myself how homemade Tonic Water would stand up to the test. This actually was something I wanted to try for a long time now. … Read more
You don’t know what a cordial is? You have never made one at home? – Don’t panic: this is a quick and easy way to master it. Basically you can do this with any fruit … Read more
One important recipe I forgot to give you during Tiki month: Homemade Orgeat. Throw out your amaretto like almond syrups, this one is different and better in almost every way.
As you become older your taste changes and you are more and more drawn to bitter things. Maybe that’s the bitterness of life. Although I don’t consider myself particularly old or bitter I love bitters! … Read more
If I were you I wouldn’t spend 10 bucks on one small jar of jelly. But if you want both raspberry and whisky in your jam you just have two options: clench your teeth and … Read more
If you didn’t notice before: Vanilla is one of my favorite flavors. I’m talking about real vanilla here, not the cloyingly sweet vanilla flavor you know from ice cream or stuff like that.
This is an important ingredient in Tiki drinks. Especially the original Zombie wouldn’t be the same without it. But don’t worry, making it isn’t much harder than making plain simple syrup.
As ginger is an important ingredient for Tiki drinks and I simply love its hotness, I have to share this syrup recipe with you.
A famous bar in Frankfurt uses pineapple wheels soaked in Rum as a garnish for their Mai Tais. So when I needed a suitable decoration for my drinks last Tiki month I decided to make … Read more
As I use a lot of different types of sugar in my drinks I will tell you how to make a syrup that will quickly dissolve in your cocktail. You can use any type of … Read more
I know that it’s not the right season for stone fruits right now, but when it is: Here is a tasty and not to complicated way of turning them into slushy goodness.
Do you really like the flavor of those pale pink cocktail cherries you get in every “cocktail bar”? – I thought so. That’s why I am giving you this recipe to make the tastiest cocktail … Read more
This is a delicious recipe for homemade vanilla liqueur. You could of course just buy vanilla liqueur, but do you really want that artificial flavor and cloying sweetness, when it is so easy to make … Read more