Category Archives: Drinks

The Desire for That Which Is To Be Denied

Building a home bar is an exercise in setting priorities. Spicy rye whiskey, decent mixing gin and a bottle of Cointreau? Right up there at the top of the list. Maraschino liqueur, Campari and Chartreuse? Maybe around level B, after all the basics are covered and you’re ready to explore a little bit. Dutch-style gin… Continue Reading


Another adventure from Beachbum Berry’s Grog Log. I’ve been thinking about this drink for a few days, for three reasons: it was mentioned by a couple of folks during a recent-ish discussion over at Tiki Central about the top 10 tiki drinks; in the past week or so I’ve come into the possession of some… Continue Reading

Burnt Fuselage

Screw eBay. Over the past few years, I’ve put together a modest library of drinks-related books, most of them out-of-print and many fairly old and somewhat rare. Apparently, I haven’t been alone; as I check out the usual places on eBay and other online sources for old books, I’ve seen prices rise exponentially, just in… Continue Reading

The Avenue

I’m still trying to wrap my head around this one. The recipe is from Ted Haigh’s Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails (Haigh credits the Cafe Royal Bar Book from 1937), and I’ve been meaning to try it for months, but lacked one essential component: passion fruit juice (not nectar, or syrup — juice). Not that… Continue Reading