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Drink Up, Austin

Saddle up and ride for Austin tomorrow if you want to attend the Official Drink of Austin event. Six competing bartenders from the Lone Star state capital will be shaking and stirring their best. Which reminds us, we will be sharing live updates via our Twitter account @ShakesNStirs. Dozens of Texas spirits venders will join the cocktail […]


Tea Party, bourbon cocktail

This isn’t a political tea party. This is a social gathering centered on an alcoholic drink. But isn’t that really a political party? Whatever it is, this recipe is a shortcut to impart a sharp tannin and bitters flavor into an Old-Fashioned drink by using tea. Our recipe calls for bags of rooibus from Republic of […]


Platinum Blonde, rum cocktail

Here’s another entry from Lights Camera Booze by Kourtney Jason and Lauren Metz. This time the drinking game keys to “Legally Blonde,” a Reece Witherspoon vehicle and must-see for anyone considering applying for Harvard Law School. This movie is a romance, so the recipe make 2 drinks. Platinum Blonde 4 ounces white rum 1 ounce […]


Lavender Hill, last minute cocktail

So, there you are: They just called and they’re coming over for a drink; there’s almost nothing left in the house, liquor cabinet or refrigerator after the weekend’s rush of mixin’ and fixin’. Do not despair! Here’s something you can put together in a flash with what’s around the place. And as you pour it […]


Top Banana, rum cocktail

Get out the blender for this milk shake-like drink. We’ve used rhum agricole, the cane juice rum distilled in the French Caribbean islands. Most Caribbean rum is distilled from molasses. The French style ferments the cane syrup and then distills the spirit. Top Banana 2 ounces rhum agricole 1 banana, peeled 1/2 ounce lime juice […]


Double Up, martini cocktail

Here’s another riff off the classic martini. We wanted to mix gin with another white spirit then dress it with a touch of vermouth and almond flavor. Grappa, with its taste kick, came to mind. After a series of tastings to balance the flavors, we offer up this drink. The olive garnish adds a briny, […]


Irish Coffee, a winter warmer

The best Irish coffee has few ingredients and, as an after-dinner or apres-ski drink, has few warming equals. Make sure the coffee is freshly brewed. The lightly sweetened whip cream can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator for several hours. Irish Coffee 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar 1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey Fresh-brewed […]


Curated cocktails for the discerning drinker

Meet your bartenders. They’ve been journalists, sailors, chefs – a litany of professions with exposure to the finer and coarser sides of the bottle. A couple of lifetimes of drinking have led to the firm conviction that better is better. Forget more, less, size and volume – a better drink is a better drink. We […]