Flor de Caña 4 Year Review & The Daisy de Santiago, Boukman Daiquiri

Flor de Caña is a brand of rum distributed by Compañia Licorera de Nicaragua. It was founded in 1890 by Francisco Alfredo Pellas and is today headed by a fifth generation member of the Pellas family. From it’s humble roots it has grown into one of the most widely recognized rums along with holding one

The Mix Lab’s Guide to: Strawberry Shrub

After coming across shrubs I had immediately placed it on the back burner. Vinegar did not jump out at me as something that I wished to add to my homemade ingredient repertoire. It was one of those ingredients which I thought I would never attempt myself, that is until… I came across this wonderful version

Lucid Absinthe Review and the Absinthe Suissesse

Absinthe continues to be a mystifying spirit, partly because of its scandalous history and the controversy surrounding its supposedly hallucinogenic properties. Allegedly it was created as a medicinal elixir in the early 1790’s by Dr. Pierre Ordinaire. It gained popularity after it was given to French troops to combat malaria. When they returned they brought

Ron Abuelo Añejo 7 Year Review and the Pago Pago Cocktail

Ron Abuelo traces its history back to the first sugar mill in the Republic of Panama and began producing rum in 1936. The rums are distilled from molasses before being aged in white oak casks. Ron Abuelo 7 year is a light straw/copper color. On the nose it opens up with a dry woody note

Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky Review and the Bitter Awakening

For full disclosure I received this sample bottle from Van Gogh Imports. Tap 357 is a Canadian Rye Whisky crafted from cask-aged 3, 5, and 7 year old rye whiskies blended with pure Canadian maple syrup. It is distilled four times before being aged in used bourbon barrels. It is then combined with “Canada 1

The Framboise Fizz from the PDT Cocktail Book

This drink was originally created by Michael Klein. I came accross it while flipping through the PDT cocktail book. Framboise Fizz 1.5 oz Reposado Tequila (Peublo Viejo) .75 oz Crème de Cacao (Marie Brizzard) .75 oz lemon juice 2 oz Framboise Shake the first 3 ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass

The Fior di Sicily

Looking for a drink can be a daunting task at times. Often I find myself flipping through recipes looking for something that calls out to me. I picked up a copy of Left Coast Libations which has a range of interesting and exciting cocktails from some of the best bartenders on the West Coast. One