Saturday, October 21, 2017

Recipe: Vieux Carré

July 25, 2012 by  
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The Vieux Carré has been a favorite of most cocktail lovers visiting New Orleans, since Walter Bergeron first concocted this spirit-forward drink in the 1930s.


Review: Cardamaro

May 11, 2012 by  
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The oldest amaro tradition is that of flavored wine. This 7th generation recipe flavors a Piemontese wine with artichoke thistle (Cynara cardunculus) and St.Benedict’s thistle (Cnicus benedictus), and other botanicals.


Build Your Own Bitters class

March 31, 2012 by  
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We proceeded around the room, adding ingredients drop by drop until our concoctions were done to our liking. Mine ended up earthy and spicy. Ms. Boozenik’s was more citrus-ginger and lighter. Mine for whiskey. Hers for gin.


Review: Gran Classico

March 2, 2012 by  
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Gran Classico is a Swiss bitter based on an original 1864 amaro from Turin, Italy using wormword, gentian, bitter orange peel, rhubarb, other aromatic plants to create a potion for aperitivo, digestivo, or mixing. Nose: Complex herbal nose, trace of honey, dried bitter orange peel, star anise, wet wool, gentian, thyme. Taste: Thick, heavy, sweet […]


Recipe: Tamarillo Tippler by Nathan Gerdes

November 9, 2011 by  
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This cocktail was a play with local and seasonal ingredients, taking a Portland spin on a South American source.


The Emperor’s New Bitters

August 1, 2011 by  
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For “The Emperor’s New Bitters”, we took a humorous dive into the history of bitters of all sorts, and into the fascination modern bartenders have with them.


Vieux Carré

August 15, 2010 by  
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In my purse, I keep our swizzle sticks from the original Vieux Carré cocktails we had at the Hotel Monteleone Carousel Bar. When our Vieux Carrés arrive, I discretely slip them in when the bartender isn’t looking and we reminisce about our time at the historic hotel.


A Shot of the Black Stuff

July 23, 2010 by  
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The Tales of the Cocktail seminar A Shot of the Black Stuff: Amazing Amaros and Brilliant Bitters, was well worth being part of the standing-room-only overflow.