Liquor 101: Cocktail History


Lorenzo Americano Cocktail Recipe One of us has an Italian great-grandfather, Lorenzo. Lorenzo immigrated to the US in the era when seeming as English as possible was the preferred integration strategy; so Lawrence or Larry has been a family name ever since. We’re partial to the original Lorenzo, though, and it particularly seemed appropriate as the name for today’s drink, a product of Italo-American cooperation. As David...

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Old Fashioned Martini Cocktail Recipe As you’ll know if you read our post ‘What’s the Ideal Dry Martini?’,  learning of Hemingway’s preference for a 15 gin: 1 vermouth proportion sent us into some research on martini recipes over time. We, of course, found that gin to vermouth ratios varied greatly, anywhere from 1:1 to Hemingway’s 15:1–and even further, to vermouth rinses or no vermouth at...

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Drink Like the Greeks: Introduction and Local Wine While our love for our neighborhood of Eastern Market is well-documented, we also love to travel. We say we love to travel, but it might be more accurate to say we have loved to travel. We’re about to welcome a new member to the family, and that new member will have a vote on the topic of travel, perhaps–for a while at least–a deciding one. We’re going to do...

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Bitters Week: What and Why is a Bitter? This week we turn our attention to the shelf on the bar where we keep the weird and wonderful collection of small bottles with dropper tops. The big bottles almost always get the spotlight. Maybe it’s prejudice against the small, or maybe it’s that we’re just a little frightened by that corner of the bar that feels like a mad scientist’s lab or a magician’s potions....

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Liquor 101: What’s the Ideal Dry Martini? In Philip Greene’s fun and engaging To Have and Have Another, we read that Hemingway preferred his martinis at a 15 parts gin: 1 part vermouth. We have to admit that it made us curious how a 15:1 martini tasted. It also got us pondering the history of the dry martini in general. As we mentioned in our ‘How to Start Experimenting‘ post, we mentioned that the martini...

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The White Lady Cocktail Recipe As was the case with last week’s Cuba Libre, the White Lady makes an appearance in an Ernest Hemingway story, but not a favorable one. In Islands in the Stream, our hero Hudson is about to head off to the neighborhood bar for a drink, but his domestic helper suggests that maybe he should just have one at home instead. It seems that Bobby the bartender is in a foul mood because his bar has been...

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