Alcoholic Powerhouses

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Smoky Martini

The Smoky Martini is a mad little classic which mixes the best elements of a Dry Martini with a smoky Scotch whisky.  To many people (including myself) that sounds both overpowering and frankly revolting.  And it is certainly more of a niche cocktail than a crowd...

Vesper Martini

Everyone knows that James Bond's drink of choice is a "Vodka Martini, shaken not stirred".  This iconic line has been repeated across the decades by every new actor to play the British secret agent.  But fewer people know that this was not his original drink of...

Gibson

I'm going to begin the investigation into Martini Variants with the simplest one there is - the Gibson.  The only difference between the Gibson and the Dry Martini is the garnish.  While a Dry Martini may be enhanced by olives or a lemon twist, the Gibson is...

Dry Martini

The Dry Martini is indisputably one of the greatest cocktails of all time.  For decades it was the the primary driving force of the cocktail world.  Both in terms of drinking culture and innovation from bartenders.  It became an icon to such an extent that the glass...

Martinez

The Martinez is an old, gin based classic cocktail which stands out for a few reasons.  First is simply because it's good enough to have stood the test of time.  Second, because of what this Alcoholic Powerhouse represents.  A mid way point between the Manhattan and...

Rob Roy and other Manhattan Variants

I have argued in previous posts that both the Old Fashioned and Dry Martini are best thought of as processes.  Not individual cocktails.  But instead processes for taking a high quality spirit and bringing the best out of it.  Presenting them to our palates in an...

Manhattan

The Manhattan is something of a curiosity to the modern cocktail world.  Quite a simple drink to make, this alcoholic powerhouse is typically composed of just American whiskey, vermouth and bitters.  On the one hand it is universally acclaimed to be in the top five of...

Godfather

The Godfather is a classic cocktail consisting solely of whiskey and amaretto.  The addition of the sweet, almond flavoured liqueur has the effect of turning a whiskey on the rocks into a softer, sweeter beverage. It is clearly an Alcoholic Powerhouse, and shares a...

Brandy Crusta

The Brandy Crusta is an extremely important classic cocktail.  For it is an early evolutionary stage of the cocktail.  It was one of the first ever cocktails to move away from the classic cocktail formula, which we now call Old Fashioned.  And one of the first to...

Sazerac

The Sazerac is something of a grand old classic, hailing from 19th century New Orleans.  It has a good claim to be one of the oldest cocktails in existence.  But like any old cocktail it has had a rough ride.  Over time not only has its popularity risen and fallen. ...

Old Fashioned Variants

Now that we've gone over both the classic Old Fashioned and the method we would use to make one, it's time to talk variants.  There are two general groupings of Old Fashioned variants: First are the named, classic variants which typically arise solely from altering...

Old Fashioned Method

This post is part of a multi post treatment of the Old Fashioned - one of the greatest of all classic cocktails.  A previous post looks at the cocktail itself in the traditional way I cover all cocktails.  Another covers the creation of Old Fashioned Variants.  But...