The Last Cocktail Overhaul Column: Mind Eraser

Unfortunately this will be the last Cocktail Overhaul column on Serious Eats. It was a fun ride and I really wish to thank my editor Maggie Hoffman for all the help she extended. So without further adieu: Despite this drink’s name, the combination of vodka, coffee liqueur, and soda was actually relatively low in alcohol.… Continue reading The Last Cocktail Overhaul Column: Mind Eraser

Cocktail Overhaul: Lemon Drop

The Lemon Drop was one of the most popular cocktails in the US in the later part of the 20th century. It should follow a simple formula of spirit, lemon, and sweetener, but sadly, in many bars the drink disintegrated into a candied mess. It’s time to give the Lemon Drop the glory it deserves.… Continue reading Cocktail Overhaul: Lemon Drop

Cocktail Overhaul: Prairie Fire

Shots! Shots! Shots! These are often the words that get the party started…and lead to countless bad decisions and lost memories. The trouble is that not all shots are created equal. Some go down as easy as pie while others burn and burn. The Prairie Fire shot is one of those dangerous shots, commonly constructed… Continue reading Cocktail Overhaul: Prairie Fire

Cocktail Overhaul: Surfer on Acid

The Surfer on Acid is most often consumed in a shot and conjures up hilarious images of a surfer trying to stand up on his surfer board while tripping on drugs. The original concoction is an equal-parts mix of coconut flavored rum, Jagermeister, and pineapple juice—a simple mix of alcohol that trends toward the intense-and-sweet… Continue reading Cocktail Overhaul: Surfer on Acid

Cocktail Overhaul: Lynchburg Lemonade

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The Lynchburg Lemonade was the subject of a fierce legal battle between creator Tony Mason and the Jack Daniels distillery. Was it a drink worth fighting for? Not in its original form, I’d say. The classic Lynchburg Lemonade is equal parts Jack Daniels, triple sec, sour mix, 7-Up. The whiskey is buried under sour mix and sweet orange liqueur, plus the sweet soda on top. Read the rest of the article by clicking here.