Spanish-Style Rums

The world of rum (and rhum) can be divided into three category styles: British, French, and Spanish (based on what country colonized what area). Funky Jamaican rums are a well-known example of the British style. Grassy, vegetal rhum agricoles from Martinique exemplify the French style.…

Palmetto

2 oz Panama-Pacific 9 Rum 1 oz Italian vermouth 2 dashes Angostura bitters Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with an orange zest. There’s not much to say about the Palmetto. Except to say it’s delicious and mysteriously absent from most cocktail menus. If you…

A Bowl of Tom & Jerry

Read up on the fascinating tradition of the Tom & Jerry: at Punch, Anne Zimmerman documents one man’s quest to keep a family tradition alive, while Robert Simonson shares his love for the drink at The New York Times.

A Mid-Century Holiday Tradition

Haas Brothers created White Christmas Rum & Brandy in the mid-20th century, when it quickly gained popularity throughout the entire Pacific Northwest region to now having become a year-round favorite. Made with a balanced blend of rum and brandy, this 60-proof spirit is perfectly suited for…

Mezcal 101

Mezcal is timeless. Channeling centuries of ceremony and culture, it is big, bold and vivid… exemplary, potent and singular. Mezcal is not tequila, it is a true, living antiquity, a magnificent, mystifying panacea forged in a style that glorifies the peoples of the mountains, the plains and the…

La Rosa Prieta

From Spitz Little Tokyo in Los Angeles 2 oz Don Amado Rustico Mezcal 3/4 0z St-Germain elderflower liqueur 1/2 oz lime juice 1/2 oz Simple syrup (1 to 1) 2 oz grapefruit juice 1 lime squeeze Shake and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Garnish…

A Brief History of Bitter Elixirs

by Forrest Cokely Plants and their derivatives have been utilized throughout history to cure illness or relieve physical symptoms. In ancient times each culture and society had a variety of different understandings with regard to plants and their medicinal properties. That knowledge naturally evolved from…