How to Make Stock for Soups and Chilis

How to Make Stock for Soups and Chilis

Posted by on Dec 2, 2009 in How to ... | No Comments

After your big roasted turkey or chicken feast, put the rest of the bird to good use by making homemade stock. Here’s how make stock at home: Pull the big chunks of meat and skin off the bird and pull apart the bones. Place the bones in a stock pot or crock pot with: 1 ...

How to Make Triple Sec

How to Make Triple Sec

Posted by on Oct 8, 2009 in Handcrafted Mixers, How to ... | No Comments

When it comes to mixing fantastic drinks, fewer things make it better than having the best ingredients on hand. Triple sec or orange liqueur (or Grand Marnier or Cointreau, both orange liqueurs) is widely used in many classics, so we made own special version. What does triple sec taste like? Triple sec is a sweet ...

Manhattan Cocktail with Brandied Cherries

Manhattan Cocktail with Brandied Cherries

Posted by on Jan 22, 2009 in How to ..., Whiskey | 4 Comments

What Do Cherries Have to Do With Change?   It’s been an uncomfortable eight years, politically speaking, and we’re just waking up to the idea of … being awake. And being involved. And helping make it work, this hope and change thing. Rhetoric, sure, but intelligent rhetoric, delivered well. And as two Americans with our ...

How to Make Your Happy Hour Happy

How to Make Your Happy Hour Happy

Posted by on Dec 23, 2008 in How to ... | One Comment

How to Make Your Happy Hour Extra Happy … A really fun Thursday Happy Hour has a few basic elements: good friends, relaxing atmosphere, good tunes, tasty mixed drinks, and a few snacks. The good friends are up to you. The rest — well, after hundreds of happy hours, we have some recipes, tips and ...

How to Select the Music for Happy Hour

How to Select the Music for Happy Hour

Posted by on Dec 23, 2008 in How to ..., Resources | No Comments

Does Your Cocktail Music Make or Break the Party? What makes great happy hour music? It’s not just a playlist of your favorite songs — that can be hectic and a little distracting. You need a playlist with a certain overall feeling or theme — with only one favorite song or two tossed in. For ...

Nine Bartending Tips to Wow Your Guests

Nine Bartending Tips to Wow Your Guests

Posted by on Nov 19, 2008 in How to ... | No Comments

Home Bartending Is Fun! Thursday Happy Hour isn’t just about the beverage — it’s about the whole atmosphere. The lighting, the music, the comfort, the laughter. But if you’d like to make a fantastic cocktail for yourself or a guest, here are nine sure-fire, time-tested tips from Gary. Use the best booze you can afford ...

Select Your Whiskey

Select Your Whiskey

Posted by on Nov 18, 2008 in How to ..., Whiskey | No Comments

Stock up on your favorite whiskeys below, then see how Gary mixes up a great whiskey drink. Bourbon Bourbon comes from Bourbon County, Kentucky or Tennessee and is the quintessential American whiskey. Gary’s favorites: Maker’s Mark is great on the rocks Jack Daniels is a well-balanced choice and Corner Creek is a treat. Scotch Scotland’s ...

Vodka or Gin?

Posted by on Nov 18, 2008 in Gin, How to ..., Vodka | No Comments

Vodka Everyone likes it because it tastes like whatever you want. Varieties include: grain (most popular brands like Stolichnya, Belvedere), potato (Chopin, Blue Ice), rice (Kai), grape (Hangar One, Ciroc), and soy (3 Vodka). We prefer Smirnoff or Skyy since it’s usually being mixed. Try Chopin for sipping in a martini. Or Shelly’s favorite: Hangar ...

Tequila (ye-ha) and Rum (yo-ho)!

Tequila (ye-ha) and Rum (yo-ho)!

Posted by on Nov 12, 2008 in How to ..., Rum, Tequila | No Comments

Tequila Tequila is made from the spiky blue agave plant. We don’t live in Mexico, but we happen to have one in our front yard – Shelly’s convinced it’s an alien life-form determined to uproot the house. Don’t plant one near yours. Silver, Platino or Blanco tequila is the clear stuff. It’s got that young ...

Liqueurs and Bitters

Liqueurs and Bitters

At our house, the bar isn’t stocked with every liqueur imaginable. If a friend has a favorite (like Sambuco or Amaretto — you know who you are!), we’ll keep a bottle on hand to make him smile. Otherwise, here are the ones we mix up frequently: Orange Orange flavored and sweet liqueurs come in handy ...