By A.J. Rathbun - Jan 17, 2018
COCKTAIL TALK: MADE IN MIAMI, PART I
The earlier Cocktail Talks from the Charles Willeford book Pick-Up (read Pick-Up Part I , and Pick-Up Part II if you missed ‘em) alluded...Miami, Cocktail, Cocktail Talk, Gin, Charles Willeford, Made in Miami, Part I, Tom Collins
By A.J. Rathbun - Jan 13, 2018
WHAT I'M DRINKING: THE SIDECAR WITH HINE BONNEUIL 2005 COGNAC
Earlier in this wonderful month , I featured a drink here on the Spiked Punch, In The Treetops with Delamain L'Aigle XO Cognac. If...Paris, Bar, Champagne, Cocktail, Grapes, Cocktail Recipes, Cognac, Liqueurs, Recipes, What I'm Drinking, cocktail, cocktails, Cognac cocktails, Friday Night Cocktail, Grandeza orange liqueur, Hine Bonneuil 2005 Cognac, Hine Bonneuil 2005 Grande Champagne Cognac, lemon juice, The Sidecar, What I’m Drinking
By A.J. Rathbun - Jan 9, 2018
COCKTAIL TALK: PICK-UP, PART II
Decided on thinking it through that I needed one more quote from Charles Willeford's one-time underground classic (still classic, just...Bar, Rum, Cherry, Cocktail, Orange, Menu, Cocktail Talk, Charles Willeford, cherries, Mint, orange, Part II, Pick-Up, pineapple, snow-ice, Someone make me a Dophin Special, sugar cane
By A.J. Rathbun - Jan 5, 2018
WHAT I'M DRINKING: IN THE TREETOPS WITH DELAMAIN L'AIGLE XO COGNAC
It's a smidge odd to say about one of the world's revered sippers, but Cognac gets a little short shrift. Especially when it comes...Spirits, Cocktail, Champagne, Cocktail Recipes, Cognac, Italy, Liqueurs, Recipes, vermouth, What I'm Drinking, Benedictine, cocktail, cocktails, Cognac cocktail, Crosby Gaige, Crosby Gaige’s Cocktail Guide and Ladies Companion, Friday Night Cocktail, In The Treetops, L’Aigle de Delamain XO Cognac, Martini Gran Lusso Italian vermouth, sweet vermouth, What I’m Drinking
By A.J. Rathbun - Jan 3, 2018
COCKTAIL TALK: PICK-UP
All of you long-time readers of this Spiked Punch know that I am very fond of Florida's finest crime writer Charles Willeford. Especially...Fruit, Fish, Cocktail, Cocktail Talk, Gin, Charles Willeford, Gilbey's, hot gin punch, Pick-Up
By A.J. Rathbun - Dec 29, 2017
WHAT I'M DRINKING: THE HAPPY YOUTH
Let's face it - we're not getting any younger. Really, nothing is, I suppose. But wait, as the year rolls out into the sunset, and...Wine, Juice, Cocktail, Cherry, Champagne, Orange, Rosé, Syrup, Brandy, Champagne & Sparkling Wine, Cocktail Recipes, Recipes, What I'm Drinking, Champagne Cocktail, cherry brandy, Cherry Heering, cocktail recipe, extra-dry rosé sparkling wine, Friday Night Cocktail, orange juice, simple syrup, The Happy Youth, What I’m Drinking
By A.J. Rathbun - Dec 22, 2017
WHAT I'M DRINKING: THE HOUNDS THEY START TO ROAR WITH CHAMBERS BAY STRAIGHT BOURBON
Washington State distillers are dreamy (you probably have realized my feelings in this already, as I do go on - but they are awesome!),...Whiskey, Orange, Bourbon, Soft, Chocolate, Apples, Water, Brandy, Cocktail Recipes, Distillery, Ginger Bliss and the Violet Fizz, Liqueurs, Recipes, What I'm Drinking, bourbon, Chambers Bay Straight Bourbon, cocktail recipe, Friday Night Cocktail, Peychaud bitters, St. Elizabeth's Allspice Dram, The Hounds They Start to Roar, Washington distillery, What I’m Drinking
By A.J. Rathbun - Dec 20, 2017
COCKTAIL TALK: THE THREE CLERKS, PART II
Please be sure to read the latest Cocktail Talk from the early Trollope classic The Three Clerks , entitled Part I , as well as one...Cocktail, Anthony Trollope, Brandy, Cocktail Talk, Bishop, bowl of Bishop, brandy toddy, Part II, The Three Clerks
By A.J. Rathbun - Dec 15, 2017
WHAT I'M DRINKING: BOMBAY PUNCH
It's the holiday party season, and you're probably thinking, “what should I serve as I unwrap presents, or in any way enjoy the holiday...Spirits, Apricot, Champagne, Juice, Wine, Orange, Brandy, Cocktail Recipes, Dark Spirits, Liqueurs, Recipes, What I'm Drinking, apricot brandy, Bombay Punch, cocktail recipe, Cointreau, Friday Night Cocktail, Maraschino, orange juice, sparkling wine, What I’m Drinking
By A.J. Rathbun - Dec 12, 2017
COCKTAIL TALK: THE THREE CLERKS, PART I
I recently re-read The Three Clerks by the awesome Anthony Trollope - one of his earlier books, and one at the time that he himself...London, Cocktail, Anthony Trollope, Cocktail Talk, Gin, Rum, Sherry, Hollands, Part I, sherry, The Three Clerks
By A.J. Rathbun - Dec 8, 2017
WHAT I'M DRINKING: THE ALASKA COCKTAIL WITH SIPSMITH LONDON DRY GIN
I was in London last summer, and (as you do when in London, or the U.K. in general I suppose) I had a fair amount of gin, in G & Ts...Seattle, Cocktail, Lemon, London, Orange, Cocktail Recipes, Gin, Liqueurs, cocktail recipe, Friday Night Cocktail, Sipsmith, Sipsmith London Dry Gin, The Alaska Cocktail, What I’m Drinking, Yellow Chartreuse
By A.J. Rathbun - Dec 5, 2017
MAKE YOUR LIFE FANTASTIC WITH WASHINGTON FRUIT BRANDIES
Probably not surprising - due to the fact that Washington has tons of scrumptious fruit being brought to us lucky consumers - but there...Seattle, Fruit, Brandy, Cocktail News, Distillery, Seattle Magazine, eau di vie, Fruit Brandy, Washington distillery, Washington Fruit Brandies, Washington State
By A.J. Rathbun - Dec 2, 2017
WHAT I'M DRINKING: THE TIPSY ITALIAN UNCLE
I don't actually have a tipsy Italian uncle that I've named this after, and because of that, I wake up sorrowful every day. Okay, that's...Whiskey, Portland, American, Italian, bitters, Cocktail Recipes, Italy, Recipes, vermouth, What I'm Drinking, cocktail recipe, Friday Night Cocktail, Montenegro amaro, Peychaud's bitters, Punt e’ Mes sweet vermouth, Tennessee, The Tipsy Italian Uncle, Uncle Nearest whiskey, What I’m Drinking
By A.J. Rathbun - Nov 18, 2017
WHAT I'M DRINKING: THE ZAZARAC
This is not a spelling error ; if you didn't know, there really is a drink called The Zazarac. It wants you to know that it, while...Syrup, Spirits, Rum, Anisette, Cocktail, Lemon, Orange, absinthe, bitters, Cocktail Recipes, Dark Spirits, Liqueurs, Recipes, Rye, Angostura bitters, anisette, cocktail recipe, Friday Night Cocktail, orange bitters, simple syrup, The Zazarac, What I’m Drinking, white rum
By A.J. Rathbun - Nov 14, 2017
COCKTAIL TALK: THE RIDDLE OF THE THIRD MILE, PART II
Last week, I put up perhaps my favorite Cocktail Talk of all time - or darn close! It's so good (you've read it right? If not, get...Martini, French, Cocktail, Beer, Cocktail Talk, Gin, vermouth, Colin Dexter, French vermouth, gin and French, Inspector Morse, Part II, The Riddle of the Third Mile
By A.J. Rathbun - Nov 11, 2017
WHAT I'M DRINKING: THE PLOT BEGINS
It's November here in Seattle , which means the sky has shifted to grey, there's cold rain in the wind, and people are looking longingly...Whiskey, American, Bar, Seattle, Cocktail, bitters, Cocktail Recipes, Italy, Liqueurs, Recipes, Rye, What I'm Drinking, amaretto, cocktail recipe, Fee Brothers West Indian orange bitters, Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters, Friday Night Cocktail, McMenamins Billy rye whiskey, Nocino, Sidetrack Nocino, Sons of Vancouver amaretto, The Plot Begins, What I’m Drinking
By A.J. Rathbun - Nov 7, 2017
COCKTAIL TALK: THE RIDDLE OF THE THIRD MILE
Funny enough , though I'm a serious devotee of the television shows Lewis and Endeavor , and a little-less-but-still-enthusiastic about...Menu, London, Cocktail, Cocktail Talk, Gin, Liqueurs, vodka, Campari, Chartreuse, Cointreau, Colin Dexter, Inspector Morse, The Riddle of the Third Mile, Tia Maria
By A.J. Rathbun - Nov 3, 2017
WHAT I'M DRINKING: AUNT BETSY'S FAVORITE
I'll admit, I never actually had an Aunt Betsy - but I did have a great pal named Betsy at one point, and when drinking this I tend...Syrup, Cook, Red Wine, Wine, Orange, Spirits, Brandy, Cocktail Recipes, Dark Spirits, Recipes, What I'm Drinking, Aunt Betsy’s Favorite, cinnamon, cloves, cocktail recipe, Friday Night Cocktail, hot drink, orange peel, red wine, simple syrup, tawny port, What I’m Drinking
By A.J. Rathbun - Oct 27, 2017
WHAT I'M DRINKING: THE WARLOCK
Hey, look at that - Halloween is just days away! You know what Halloween means, right? Beyond candy stomach aches for kids, dentists...Juice, Indian, Orange, Candy, Brandy, Cocktail Recipes, Cocktail Videos, Italy, Liqueurs, Recipes, What I'm Drinking, cocktail recipe, Cocktail video, Friday Night Cocktail, Halloween cocktail, Halloween drink, limoncello, orange juice, Peychaud's bitters, Strega, The Warlock, What I’m Drinking
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