confessions of a mixologist

  1. Confessions of a Mixologist: Quarantinis Vol. 6

    Confessions of a Mixologist: Quarantinis Vol. 6

    Colder weather means warm cocktails and fall ingredients. Check some of the cocktails featured in Quarantikis vol. 6 - Fall Into Flavor and download the episode to hear some of our cocktail riffs.

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  2. Confessions of a Mixologist: Quarantinis Vol. 5 - Quarantikis

    Confessions of a Mixologist: Quarantinis Vol. 5 - Quarantikis

    The Quarantini Chronicles heads to warmer climates on this week's Barrel to Bottle episode. Roger has put together some recipes that don't require 15 ingredients, for these quarantine times. Make them as is, or come up with your own riff using the ingredients you have on hand.

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  3. Rakefire

    Rakefire

    Rakefire is an old British pejorative for a person who outstays their welcome in someone's home until the fire has burned down to a few remaining embers. It also evokes thoughts of smoldering piles of leaves, dried sheaves of old John Barleycorn and cool autumn evenings. This is the perfect nightcap for the rakefire in your life. Instead of ushering such intrepid night owls out the door, you might as well mix up a Rakefire, make up the couch and go to bed, leaving your oblivious friend to contemplate the glowing embers of their life. The success of this drink revolves around using a sufficiently peaty Scotch. Dewer’s White Label will do if you want to just hint at nostalgic notions of burning leaves, but we recommend Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 year for the full fall experience.

     

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  4. 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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  5. Rattle Skull

    Rattle Skull

    Beer cocktails don’t get much attention these days. Probably because craft beer has morphed into an adjunct-laden playground where new releases are already tantamount to a cocktail, straight out of the bottle. The Rattle Skull really has no pre-made corollary and is certainly worth whipping up on a cool autumn or winter’s night. Consider employing it as a welcoming cocktail for your beer loving friends over the holiday season (it’s great way to kick off Thanksgiving) or as the perfect nightcap to enjoy by a cozy, comforting fire. This is old school, potent and packed with rich warming flavors. It always elicits raves from craft beer and cocktail fans alike.

     

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Confessions of a Mixologist: Batch Cocktails

    Confessions of a Mixologist: Batch Cocktails

    Rich, creamy eggnog is a delicious holiday tradition but some worry about consuming raw eggs. This recipe was designed to deliver the finest cup of holiday cheer imaginable in a safe and easy way. Sure, there are good examples of premade eggnog, but nothing beats homemade. Now you can rest assured that you have a “safe” version for carefree enjoyment. There is no sacrifice in flavor, in fact it is likely to be the best eggnog you've ever had. Feel free to play with the alcohol component to create different flavor profiles. Chris likes to add Sherry or Madeira and flavored liqueurs can also add a delicious twist. He also added some coffee liqueur (Mr. Black) on the podcast and it was incredible! Check out this recipe, along with recipes for Alicia's Killdevil Punch and Roger's Remember the Maine.

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