Log Date

A whiskey adventure for you and me.

  1. Old-fashioned Hyperlink

    “Bartenders are reaching a level of influence that they had pre-Prohibition in how they’re introducing consumers to new and exciting cocktails,” said Giles R. Woodyer, the brand managing director for Bacardi USA. “They’re looking for spirits that add a dimension to the cocktails they create.”

  2. Old-fashioned Hyperlink

    Some say a first-rate bartender needs only three things: a healthy pitching arm, a strong pair of legs and a stomach sturdy enough to absorb the effluvial tide of human misery that surges toward him each night from the other side of the oak.

    ”I am inclined to reserve all judgments,” Nick Carraway observed in ”The Great Gatsby,” ”a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of not a few veteran bores.” Though F. Scott Fitzgerald was describing the plight of a poor man in a rich man’s world, the point could certainly apply to the lot of the tavern master.

    ”Bartending is a profession based on flavor and recipe,” he offered, as a ray of sunset slanted through the window and brightened the last drops of his martini. ”It’s like an art. You have to ground yourself in anatomy before you can go off painting crazy things.” 

  3. Writing on the coaster

    Lit Spirits: Children of Men

    A weekly feature by the mixologist Michael Cecconi, pairing cocktails with characters from literature.

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    Theodore Faron, “Children of Men,” by P. D. James
    Old Foresters Birthday Bourbon, 2008, barrelled in 1995

    It took Theodore a long time to come to grips with what many around him had already accepted: no more children were coming into the world. It took him no time at all to choose to toast the health of the youngest person on earth with a generous pull of whiskey. This vintage spirit, distilled in 1995, the year of the last birth, has the power to take Theodore back in time—and to obscure for a moment the news of the present day, the year 2021: the youngest person on earth has just died, and the toast is for naught.

    Here’s hoping that Theodore finds a reason to toast the promise of the future, with this rich, velvety bourbon, and not the broken promises of the past.

  4. Quote of the night

    Of course time doesn’t stop for anyone; alcohol just keeps us from feeling it, the way it’ll keep a man warm while he freezes to death. It elides the years as painlessly as it does hours; your 20’s turn into your 30’s the same way you’ll look at your watch one minute and it’s only 8:30 — the night is young, all the time in the world — and then suddenly it’s last call.

    — Tim Krieder, from “Time and the Bottle" (NYTimes)

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  5. Old-fashioned Hyperlink

    "If you love whiskey but haven’t thought of bourbon as being in the same league as a good Scotch, Irish and even, these days, rye, you owe it to yourself to give it another try. A well-made, well-aged bourbon offers a gorgeous spectrum of flavors, beginning with a distinctive sweetness that can, depending on the distiller’s aim, turn spicy and peppery with clear fruitiness, or mellow into a creamy caramel toffee with highlights of citrus."

  6. Old-fashioned Hyperlink

    I soon realized that the Old Fashioned is merely one battle line, albeit a significant one, in a much larger discussion among cocktail fans online that sometimes flared with passion (for regardless of the topic, the Internet has become no place for even-tempered debate). And while the subject of how to mix drinks is typically a pleasant one, the debates over proper recipes, spirits, tools and techniques that are conducted in person — typically over cocktails that have been exactingly described to an increasingly exasperated bartender — or on blogs or online forums such as eGullet and the soon-to-be-defunct Drinkboy forums, can sometimes veer into serious, clinically dry and even belligerent arenas.”

  7. Quote of the night

    Drunkenness and youth share in a reckless irresponsibility and the illusion of timelessness. The young and the drunk are both reprieved from that oppressive, nagging sense of obligation that ruins so much of our lives, the worry that we really ought to be doing something productive instead. It’s the illicit savor of time stolen, time knowingly and joyfully squandered. There’s more than one reason it’s called being ‘wasted.’

    — Tim Krieder, from “Time and the Bottle” (NYTimes)