Pure Spirits: Nardini Amaro & Six Inch Gold Blade

Let’s once again think of Italy! Of the city of Bassano in the Veneto region where the grappa and amaro producer Nardini is based (I did already introduce them in detail here in the past). So if you are looking for basic information about the question of what exactly an Amaro is, or maybe just for some background information about the house of Nardini, I’d recommend you to take a look at the corresponding article. That also makes sense because today another amaro is in the center of attention. I’m talking about the Nardini Amaro. Read More

Straits Sling & Singapore Spiced Sling

When I wrote about the Singapore Sling here on this blog about two and a half years ago, I also dropped a few lines about the name of that world-famous cocktail. However, I kept it rather short at that time and merely pointed out that this drink – although Singaporean in its original form – probably did not have much in common with today’s recipe. After I recently had an excellent twist of a Singapore Sling and once again spend some time thinking about the drink, I would like to add a little more information today – and present two very interesting recipes. Read More

Pure Spirits: TX Gin

Today it’s once more about another gin. A gin that maybe wants to provoke a feeling of holiday while at the same time it is trying to innovate in this highly competitive market. The gin comes from a distillery built up as part of a crowdfunding campaign and it promises to bring a touch of Dutch-Frisian lifestyle into your glass. And of course the Dutch should know a little bit about juniper distillates… Read More

Perrier Jouët Blason Rosé & Old Cuban

Today I would like to present a cocktail and a matching champagne here. In the past, I have already blogged about a few champagne cocktails and in that course, I have also always written about the problem of using champagne as a cocktail ingredient at home. And of course, as a home bartender you are always faced with the question of whether it really has to be a champagne and whether you will really use up the bottle in the short time that is available. Read More

Fiji Gloaming

In the course of my article about the Plantation Vintage Edition Fiji 2009, I had had already mentioned some thoughts about various cocktails that came to my mind during the tasting of this particularly beautiful rum. Today’s drink is simply a result of those thoughts and they have really let to an astounding result. A summery purist cocktail, so to say – basically exactly the right thing to have during the current heatwave (albeit it is more suitable for the evening hours). Read More

Scofflaw Cocktail

Today I would like to raise a toast – to the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which has surely delectated a lot of bloggers in the last few weeks and which became effective today. Although I would still like to keep politics out of this blog in the future as far as possible, I hope you will allow a little potshot at this point. Read More

Pure Spirits: Plantation Vintage Edition Fiji 2009 & The Viti Levu Ocean Potion

I did already announce it and now the time has come: the second new release from the Plantation Vintage Edition series is in the spotlight of today’s article. The Plantation Fiji 2009 is a rum from a country that really is not the first associative address in terms of rum; even more excited I am to find out what such an exotic rum will actually taste like. Read More

Pure Spirits: Luxardo Amaro Abano & Aponus Sour

Today it will once again become bitter and spicy because again it is about an Italian Amaro. And it is one I was very excited about. The Amaro Abano from Luxardo enjoys quite a respectable reputation and has been recommended to me from several people as a rock-solid and versatile representative of his genre. How it tastes like and what I have done with it you can find out in this article. Read More

Pure Spirits: Plantation Vintage Edition Peru 2004 & Peruvian Rum Swizzle

The fact that Rum is not only produced in the Caribbean, but increasingly also in other countries around the world who want to participate in the big market for sugarcane distillates, is no longer a big secret or something only known to rum geeks. Sometimes rum is even called the “most global” of all spirits, but it is also the most chaotic (because of the many different legal regulations and categories). Meanwhile, Rum from Central and South America is almost considered a completely normal mainstream product. Read More

Pure Spirits: Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition & The Stout Irish Apple

Irish whiskey has more or less played a minor role in my blog so far, which is mainly caused by the fact that I personally prefer a good Scotch. Well, I don’t want that to be understood as a blanket statement because of course there are also big differences among Irish whiskeys and of course, not every Scotch whisky is better than every Irish one, but in general I would tend to uphold this preference. Nevertheless, I am very curious about today’s whiskey. Read More

Pure Spirits: Plymouth Navy Strength Gin & Springtime in Plymouth

In addition to the classic London Dry Gin, there is hardly a gin that represents the British gin tradition in a similar way as the Plymouth Gin does. The city of Plymouth is also closely interwoven with the history of the Royal Navy and is still home to an important naval base today. What all this has to do with Gin and how far Plymouth Gin is something special, I will briefly try to outline below. Of course, the focus lies on the gin itself and on a suitable cocktail for the spring season. Read More

Pure Spirits: The Torran Single Malt Whisky

A Scotch Single Malt, whose name does not correspond to any known distillery? What may confuse some whisky beginners, is a pretty normal circumstance for the advanced friend of Scotch whisky: Independent bottlers buy whisky casks of a particular distillery (or as part of the contract even already bottled ones) and decide themselves, how long the whisky should stay in the cask or if it will get a finish in a special cask. They decide whether it will be blended with other malts from the same distillery and finally when it will be bottled and sold. Read More

Pure Spirits: Luxardo Sangue Morlacco & Il Fumo di Morlacco

Today, I’d like to introduce a cocktail along with a liqueur, which in a way relies on a similar aromatic style as the Port, Spice & Cherry-Punch from my last article did. The liqueur is a representative of a world-famous Italian traditional brand, about which I have already presented some background information in the context of another article (and if you should primarily think of Amaros respectively Amari when it comes to Italian liquor, will find some basic information here). Read More

Port, Spice & Cherry Punch

Punches often get the short end of the stick. At least that applies to me when it comes to making them at home – especially those numerous punch recipes that call for a large bowl to be served in. The reason is quite simple: they are only worth the effort for a larger number of guests. Nevertheless, there are so many beautiful recipes among these punches, so I would like to introduce one of them today. In addition, I will show you a rather trivial way to deal with the problem of large quantities. Read More

Aku-Aku Gold Cup

Again, its Tiki time here in the blog – this time even cracking a corny joke: because what could be a better drink at Easter than a cocktail from the Easter Island? Well? Ok, excuse that one. Of course, today’s drink is not really from the Easter Island, but still it is in contact with that place. At least in the realm of imagination. And between all the chocolate and the heavy Easter meals, it even offers some real refreshment. Read More

Pure Spirits: Cardenal Mendoza Carta Real & Mendoza’s Indulgence

With the Cardenal Mendoza Clásico Solera Gran Reserva I did present a representative of the category of Brandies a few days ago. More precisely, it was a Spanish Brandy de Jerez. Personally, I appreciate Brandy very much for its flavor profile, which is very much in line with my personal taste, and against this background, I am particularly happy today to introduce an even more noble representative of this genre. Read More

Pure Spirits: Plantation Vintage Edition Panama 2004 & The Big Bloody Bamboo

Without question, tiki drinks often offer a visually stunning effect. On the one hand, they serve common cliché expectations many people have regarding cocktails, on the other hand, well-made representatives of this genre also manage to overcome existing negative stereotypes of mere juice concoctions with rather questionable finesse. Furthermore, you can expect a real firework of flavors – if the right rum is of the party. Read More

Pure Spirits: Nardini Rabarbaro & The Hooker Cocktail

And off we go with a new article from a series about Italian bitter liqueurs. I have already written about Amari in general and delivered some in-depth information about that particular spirit type in the course of my review of the Nardini Fernet. So today, I can deal with a very special and very attractive species among the Amaros: a Rabarbaro. Read More

Manua Kea Kiaha

If I had to draw up a list to show which cocktails guests in my private domain most frequently request, the White Russian would for sure be among the top five. This is certainly due to its big popularity and its place in popular culture, which was largely influenced by the cult movie “The Big Lebowski”. Personally, I have nothing against a good White Russian, but I have to admit that I never actually prepare it for myself. Read More

Pure Spirits: Cardenal Mendoza Clásico Solera Gran Reserva & The Granadero Cocktail

Today the time has finally come and I’m going to publish an article that has been on my mind for a long time. Although I have already used brandy as an ingredient in various cocktails in the past, I did not present a specific brandy here or wrote about the topic in general (apart from various cognacs). Therefore, we will see that brandy is not always brandy and that there is no way to avoid some basic definition work here. Read More

Pure Spirits: Plantation Vintage Edition Barbados 2002 & Plantation Black Cask N° 3 – “Made by Lemonhead” & “Sherman”

Today it is time again for rum – and as we all know, rum time often means “Tiki time”, which is why I have also implemented two slightly tongue-in-cheek Tiki-style recipes. However, the main part is about the characteristics of two particular rums, which I would like to briefly introduce here and of course review them in terms of quality. Both rums undertook a long journey from the Caribbean to France beforehand. Read More

Pure Spirits: Luxardo Bitter & Thyme for a Spritz!

Today I would like to stay in the realm of Italian liqueurs. In my last article, I introduced a Fernet as a particularly bitter and spicy representative of the Amaro liqueur category, which is the reason why this time it will be about another type of liqueur. Not only in color, but also in taste. However, whether we are dealing with an Amaro here after all is often the subject of discussion. Read More

Pure Spirits: Nardini Fernet & Dantes in Fernet

I would like to begin today’s article with a fundamental commitment: I love bitter liqueurs! Certainly that won’t be a surprise to anyone who is following my blog for a while because my preference for bitter cocktails and accordingly also bitter cocktail ingredients can be found in many articles and recipes (and thus has also played a crucial role in the creation of many of my own drinks). Of course that does not mean that I’m only writing about bitter stuff, but I like to do so for sure. Therefore, it is long overdue to take a closer look at Italian Amari. Read More