From the Brew Kettle: Black Isle Organic Porter

Black Isle Organic Porter

Though it might be a little risky (and since there is hardly anything I want less than incurring their wrath – especially the one of the beer drinkers), I would argue that Scotland is not one of the greatest beer nations in the world. Beers play by far the second fiddle to the almighty Scotch whisky and therefore only few people will associate Scotland with beer. Especially in recent years, the popularity of Scotch whisky has again risen significantly and in hardly any spirits segment such price increases have been recorded. Read More

Rusty Nail

Rusty Nail

Some spirits are inevitably connected to a specific cocktail. But sometimes you do them a little wrong, because they’re not always exclusively used in that certain drink. Nevertheless, history has led to drink and spirit being inseparable. Exactly, this is the case between Drambuie and the Rusty Nail cocktail. Read More

Celery Jack

Celery Jack

Stephan Hinz has become a major protagonist of the German cocktail scene and his Bar “Little Link” in the city of Cologne serves elaborate and sophisticated drinks. Besides that he also founded the company “Cocktailkunst” and recently published a highly recommendable book named “Cocktailkunst – Die Zukunft der Bar” (Engl.: Art of Cocktails – The future of the bar). Read More

Livorno Sour

Livorno Sour

Galliano L’Autentico is a true classic among herbal liqueurs. Both as an ingredient behind the bar as well as served pure: the many friends of Galliano value the unique characteristics of the liqueur from the catchy, long-necked bottle. Somewhat less well known is the little brother of the Galliano L’Autentico, the Galliano Vanilla. Read More

Storm on Earth

Storm on Earth

Throughout history, numerous varieties of cocktails have emerged, ranging from the rather simple historical roots to the liquid equivalent of haute cuisine. That does not necessarily mean that modern cocktails usually offer more of extravagance than their classical counterparts. However, today’s cocktail is one of these drinks. It has loads of extravagance and hullabaloo. Read More

Kon-Tiki Tropical Itch

Kon-Tiki Tropical Itch

If you should not know this cocktail, I guess your thoughts will circle around one particular question right now… “What the hell is this thing in the glass?” This is not really surprising, because the garnish for this drink is perhaps one of the craziest ever; if not completely stupid. At least that’s how I felt while I was looking for a wooden backscratcher for the first time in order to use it for cocktail purposes. Read More

Rum Julep

Rum Julep

Art historians may forgive me my comparison, but today’s drink can be virtually considered as something like Magritte’s pipe among the cocktails. At first glance we see a typical Julep: silver cup, mint, finely crushed ice and of course a definite name: “Rum Julep”. Too bad this is not a Julep at all. Read More

Caipirissima de Uva

Caipirissima de Uva

American bartender Dale DeGroff is for sure one of the big names for many cocktail enthusiasts. Not only behind the bar, but also as an author of numerous books – a circumstance that finally has earned him worldwide tribute. This goes so far that he is considered by many as the “King of Cocktail”. An honorary name he also uses for himself on his website. It is his shaker in which today’s recipe was born. Read More

Pure Spirits: Gabriel Boudier Guignolet de Dijon

Guignolet de Dijon

It’s been quite a while since my last article for the category “Pure Spirits”. This is of course not due to a lack of potential subjects, but rather because my real priorities lie elsewhere. In combination with a chronic deficit of time that’s definitely no good combination. Anyway, today’s liqueur deserves an article like only few do. Read More