Pure Spirits: VOR Icelandic Gin

VOR Icelandic Gin

Today’s article is about a very interesting product, the VOR Gin! This gin is distilled in the remote country of Iceland, which is for sure not the first address that comes to mind if you’re thinking about gin. Nevertheless, Iceland has very good conditions for the production of a first-class distillate: Many interesting herbs from a fantastic countryside, crystal clear water and quality barley. So in 2009 the founders of the small Eimverk distillery in Garðabær in southwest Iceland startet to produce their own gin. But they’re not onlye producing the VOR Gin, but also the Floki Icelandic Single Malt Whisky. Read More

Tom Collins

Tom Collins

“A Fizz has no ice in it, a Collins does!” – I first heard this simple mnemonic from Chris McMiliian, a bartender from New Orleans who was one of my initial contacts to the world of cocktails. So it was the first time I was confronted with the difference between a Fizz and a Collins noted. I still stick to that rule, though strictly speaking it is not true in every situation. But there simply is no hundred percent separating rule to define Fizzes and Collinses. Anyway: Today’s article is about a classic: the Tom Collins. Read More

Fickt nicht mit dem Raketenmensch

Fickt nicht mit dem Raketenmensch

It was more than two years ago when I first took notice of today’s cocktail while reading an article on the website of German Mixology magazine. Of course this also had a lot to do with the very bizarre name of the drink I encountered in the article’s headline (the name translates into something like “Don’t fuck with the rocketman”). But there’s an absolutely brilliant cocktail hiding behind that ludicrous name. Read More

Whiskey Cocktail & Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey Finished in Port Wine Barrels

Whiskey Cocktail

The quality of a drink often (if not to say almost always) depends on which liquor or spirit is used in the making. But even here you’ll encounter differences because the spirit’s part is not the same in every recipe. Sometimes it might happen that you’ll even get into trouble with some purists if you use the wrong spirit inside of a cocktail. Read More

Pure Spirits: Dad’s Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey

Dad's Hat Rye

When it comes to Rye Whiskey it’s always a bit tricky. In principle I do absolutely love Rye Whiskeys which are in most cases distilled in the USA. Basically they are made from Rye-mash, but there are some misleading regulations out there you have to be aware of. It may sound funny or odd, but you may indeed encounter Rye Whiskeys which do not contain a single grain of rye. Read More



Syrups are one of the most essential ingredients behind any bar. It played an important role from the very beginning of cocktail history as people often used to mix them with their favorite spirits (often those spirits have not necessarily been of outstanding quality). Today it is quite usual that you find fancy styles of self-made syrups on almost any bar menu. The drink I’d like to write about today even seems to be syrup itself! Read More

Pure Spirits: Edradour Fairy Flag 15 Years

Edradour Fairy Flag

Am Bratach Sith! – What might sound like a new villain from the dark side in Star Wars is in fact the title of a movie about the heroic struggle of Scottish clans for survival that emerged around a legendary flag. Am Bratach Sith is the Gaelic name for it, which simply translates into “The Fairy Flag”. But what does that have to do with today’s whisky? Read More

Windspiel Premium Dry Gin & Windspiel Tonic


When it comes to gin, regulations are not as strict as they are for example in the whiskey segment, regardless of whether it’s an American Bourbon or a Scotch Single Malt. Of course not every spirit meets the requirements to call itself a gin, but there is a relatively large scope. This is mainly because there are different classification levels within this range. Anyway, today’s gin is a special one, because it is made from potatoes. Read More

Smoking Yankee & McCarthy’s Oregon Single Malt Whiskey

Smoking Yankee Drink

When hearing the term “Single Malt”, hardly anyone seriously thinks of the United States of America. Especially not when it comes to peated, smoky Whisk(e)ys in the style of Islay Scotches. Yet today’s Single Malt whiskey indeed is made in the United States. But what may sound somehow unorthodox is not that revolutionary at all. It may be unorthodox, though, if you’re using such a spirit inside of a cocktail. Read More