What We Are Drinking This Week: Fernet-Branca

It tastes like “a bracing smack in the face with a eucalyptus tree,” according to Jason Wilson in Boozehound: On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits.  Wayne Curtis in the Atlantic eloquently describes the first sip of Fernet-Branca as “akin to waking up in a foreign country and finding a crowd […]

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What We Are Drinking This Week: Crème de Cacao

When I think about cocktails with chocolate flavoring, I immediately think of a chocolate martini.  Or any other drink that is cloyingly sweet, rich and, well, disgusting.  No offense to anyone who loves a chocolate martini, but that’s not my speed.  I prefer my heavy doses of sweet chocolate in candy form, thank you very […]

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What We Are Drinking This Week: Blood Orange Cocktails

The winter months are the prime season for blood oranges.  In the United States, they are typically grown in California, and the season generally lasts from December through March or April.  Blood oranges have much darker, ruddier flesh than regular oranges, almost the blood-like color for which they are named.  The taste is a little […]

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What We Are Drinking This Week: Aquavit

I have to admit, I didn’t know much about aquavit before this week.  I may have had it in a cocktail or two in a bar or restaurant, but I had never taken the time to understand the spirit and taste it from my own bottle.  Until now.  Since it is winter here in the […]

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What We Are Drinking This Week: Amer Picon

Several classic cocktails call for an ingredient called Amer Picon, including the Brooklyn cocktail and the Liberal cocktail.  Also the base of Picon Punch, a popular drink in the Basque region of France and Spain and also, surprisingly, very popular in Bakersfield, California, Amer Picon is not distributed or sold in the United States. Amer […]

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What We Are Drinking This Week: Champagne Cocktails

Its the end of a crazy year and the start of a new, fresh year this week.  Time to break out the bubbly and toast to another year in the books and look forward to 2017.  So this week we are highlighting a few excellent cocktails that you can make with all of that champagne […]

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What We Are Drinking This Week: Bitter Cocktails

Note:  We are starting a new weekly blog post here at Homebartendr with a rundown of what we are drinking for the coming week.  If you follow us on Instagram, you’ll see these drinks posted later in the week individually.  But fortunately, you’re a subscriber, so you get this info before the rest of the […]

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2 Year Aged Eggnog

Yes, you read that title right!  We have aged a batch of eggnog in our fridge for over two years, and I have to tell you that it just gets better with time.  We thought the idea of long-term aging something with eggs and cream was ridiculous.  But when a James Beard Award-winning author says […]

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Five New Cocktail Books for the Holiday Season

It is hard to believe, but it is now December, so we are already in the full holiday season swing!  As you consider gift ideas this season, there are several excellent new books on cocktails that will be perfect for anyone on your shopping list who fancies a good cocktail at home or elsewhere. Plus, […]

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“Fake” Historic Cocktail?

New York Times drinks writer Robert O. Simonson turns us on to a story about a purported classic cocktail that turns out to be, well, not so classic.  The Seelbach cocktail from the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville combines bourbon, Cointreau, Angostura and Peychaud’s bitters and is topped with champagne.  It is a very nice cocktail, […]

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