Category: Techniques & Tips (learn from my mistakes)

Barrel Aging – you have to try this!

Why Barrel Age – you can create your own unique cocktails or add depth to un-aged and inexpensive spirit at home using barrel aging.  Its super easy and just requires a bit of patience.

Using a small barrel, just 1-3-5 liters, will give you quick results. Even resting as little as 2-3 weeks will significantly change your spirit or cocktail. The barrel can impart hints of smoke, caramel and vanilla while making your drink smooth and complex. Continue reading “Barrel Aging – you have to try this!”

Bourbon & BBQ – Pulled Pork

Is there a better match than Bourbon & BBQ? When asked to pair Lexington Bourbon with a perfect bite of food for a Tasting Panel Magazine

Tasting Panel SF Speed Tasting May 2015 (2)

event to be held at the James Beard Nominated Trick Dog in San Francisco, my heart leapt.  I pictured tasting batch after batch of pulled pork with bourbon. And that is just what happened. I tried many, many recipes and methods (marinades, dry rubs, wet sauces, oven roasting vs crock pot) and want to share the results with you! Watch the video here….
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Old Fashioned – The Classic

There is debate as to when the Old Fashioned was invented – but no debate that it is experiencing a revival.  And for good reason, the Old Fashioned is simple and so tasty.  With our current love of brown spirits, being able to make a proper Old Fashioned is a necessary and appreciated skill.

Watch the video here….

Made of sugar, bitters, water, whiskey, citrus peel, and ice – the variations are endless.  Muddling cherries and/or oranges was a trend that I personally am not fond of.  However, swapping rye for bourbon or whiskey is an excellent way to experiment.  I also like playing
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The Daiquiri – Love or Loathe it? I say LOVE IT!

We have all had the frozen, sweet concoction that is called a daiquiri. But that is not what a daiquiri is meant to be. A true daiquiri is a classic: elegant, timeless, and perfect for almost every occasion.

Watch how to make the daiquiri here…

The classic daiquiri is made of rum, lime, and sugar — as simple as that. However, it’s the details that make this drink so special. Let’s start with the Limes. In Hemingway’s day , who was known for loving his daiquiri, Key Limes  were used, not the Persian Lime that we find at grocery stores today. The Key Lime was grown in the Florida Key’s but the Great Miami Hurricane of 1926

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