Category Archives: Vermouth

MxMo 19th Century: Gettin’ Vermouthy

They don’t make tastebuds like they used to. Thanks to Dinah over at, who’s hosting this month’s round of Mixology Monday, I’ve been taking a sentimental stroll through some of the older — and newer (thanks to Mud Puddle Books) — cocktail manuals on my bookshelf, in search of the appropriate 19th century cocktail.… Continue Reading


While I was working up my presentation for the “Cocktails With a Kick: Absinthe Returns to America” session at Tales of the Cocktail, I embarked on an extended search through old bar guides in search of attractive — and repulsive — cocktails of yore that featured the old savage green stuff. Starting sometime in the… Continue Reading

Newspaper double-header

In today’s San Francisco Chronicle, the editors allow me to indulge my ongoing OCD issues with vermouth: The Truth About Vermouth The secret ingredient in today’s top cocktails remains misunderstood Then, as an extra treat, swing over to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, where Leslie Kelly’s piece on summer cocktails works in a reference (and a hotlink!… Continue Reading

MxMo XV: Tequila

This one made me sweat. Over the past four years or so, I’ve gone pretty much full-tilt on learning everything I can about spirits and cocktails, but when tackling such a big field, there are inevitably some holes that will need to be filled at a later time. For me, tequila is a big one… Continue Reading