confessions of a mixologist

  1. Tea of Knowledge

    Tea of Knowledge

    The apple and spice profile of this cocktail screams autumn. Not only that, it can be made into a classy and cool cocktail served up or on the rocks and is easily modified into a comforting riff on the Hot Toddy. Just add a crisp fall evening and maybe a hayride through the countryside to complete the scene.

     

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  2. Confessions of a Mixologist: Quarantinis Vol. IV

    Confessions of a Mixologist: Quarantinis Vol. IV

    Stanley Tucci's viral Negroni video inspired the Barrel to Bottle Crew to tackle this popular cocktail. As usual, things start traditional and quickly veer off into unique riffs. Usually a Negroni is garnished with an orange slice or orange peel, but in these quarantine times only Chris had citrus available. All cocktails can be built in a glass with ice, unless otherwise noted.

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  3. Confessions of a Mixologist: Quarantinis Vol. 1

    Confessions of a Mixologist: Quarantinis Vol. 1

    Barrel to Bottle's resident cocktail enthusiast has created six cocktails with the ingredients he has at home. For this week's episode, Quarantini Vol. 1, you can mix along at home or make some substitutions like Greg, Pat and Alicia. Cheers.

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  4. Confessions of a Mixologist: Cold Fashioned

    Confessions of a Mixologist: Cold Fashioned

    Cold brew coffee is all the rage right now, so it's only natural that it would find its way into the world of spirits. The Cold Fashioned is a new twist on a classic cocktail. Roasty and chocolately coffee notes, spicy rye and a hint of citrus. Great with brunch or at dinner, it'll wake you up or keep you going.

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  5. Confessions of a Mixologist: Barrel to Bottle New Orleans Cocktails

    Confessions of a Mixologist: Barrel to Bottle New Orleans Cocktails

    Mardi Gras is right around the corner. Are you ready to celebrate? Looking for something to serve besides Abita beer? How about the official cocktail of New Orleans – The Sazerac.

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  6. Confessions of a Mixologist: Barrel to Bottle Rum Cocktails

    Confessions of a Mixologist: Barrel to Bottle Rum Cocktails

    If you think all Tiki drinks are sugary sweet, you just haven’t had a good one. Here is the recipes we covered in Rum Part II: Molasses Boogaloo, which you can listen to here. These cocktails were adapted by Roger Adamson.

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  7. Confessions of a Mixologist: Blackberry Bourbon Smash

    Confessions of a Mixologist: Blackberry Bourbon Smash

    The Blackberry Bourbon Smash is a quick, spicy and fresh cocktail with bright eye-catching color. Its herbaceous aromatics artfully accent a wide variety of table fare.

     

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  8. Confessions of a Mixologist: Rudolph's Cranberry Cocktail

    Confessions of a Mixologist: Rudolph's Cranberry Cocktail

    WGN Radio asked us to create a holiday cocktail to share with their listeners. We had a lot of fun putting together a mix of flavors we thought fully embodied the holiday spirit. We went with bourbon as the base and added in ingredients you may have available on your bar cart for an easy, but delightfully tasteful cocktail that even Rudolph would be proud to have his name on.

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  9. Confessions of a Mixologist: Punsch Drunk 2

    Confessions of a Mixologist: Punsch Drunk 2

    Remember when you were little and your pals would have "sour candy" eating contests on the playground? Well, Punsch Drunk is the yellow sour candies and Punsch Drunk 2 is the black sour candies. The difference? Orange juice.

     

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  10. Confessions of a Mixologist: Caffè Romano

    Confessions of a Mixologist: Caffè Romano

    This is a guest blog post written by JD W., a mixologist at the Binny's Lincoln Park Tasting Room.

    The cocktail we're featuring this time is of my own creation. The goal was to create a drink that does justice to the flavor profile of a lesser-known coffee drink, the Caffé Romano — espresso served with lemon peel. In putting it together, I played off of the proportions used in one of my favorite old classics, the Vieux Carré.

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