Photo of the Day: January 3, 2018

This feast was devoured on the day where I weighed myself this past fall and discovered that I had dropped 22 pounds. Don’t worry…I had help.

Photo of the Day: December 6, 2017

Remember when St. Germain was the only elderflower spirit on the market? Not the case anymore. As profiled here, St. Elder proves to be worthy competition in what has always been a pretty pricey genre of liquors. Actually, it tastes exactly the same as St. Germain, and at less than half the price. Now there…

Photo of the Day: September 22, 2017

Whenever I come home from lecturing, I usually have a martini. But since that was my dad’s drink, I have not really been in the mood for one the last few months. On this particular night, I poured myself a Napa River Merlot. Nothing fancy. I’m not much of a wine guy (horrible Italian, I…

Product Review: Cask & Crew Ginger Spice Whiskey

This is going to be a short post because there really is not much to say. We have another damn good spirit on our hands (and in our glasses). After reviewing Cask & Crew’s walnut toffee whiskey a few weeks ago, I had inquired with them to see if I could try their ginger spice…

Photo of the Day: August 30, 2017

With the summer coming to an end, I’m looking back to a 4th of July party which I bartended at for the second year in a row. It’s a great gig. My friend who is a chef does the cooking, his wife who is also a close friend of mine does the singing, and another…

Photo of the Day: August 22, 2017

Sometimes you can indeed have too much of a good thing. This shop below the Steamboat Inn in Mystic, Connecticut offered more than 150 different kinds of whiskey…but I could not decide on one, and ended up buying nothing. What a tragedy! June 2017.

Introducing a New Guest Column

In addition to my friend Hunter Dillon and his “Casual Crusades” guest column, I am bringing in the husband-wife duo of Gordon Bond and Stephanie Hoagland for something new. They are going to be tackling a guest column of their own, titled “Fermented Musings”. In it, they will focus on liquor reviews, cocktail recipes, and…

Photo of the Day: August 10, 2017

I’ve never been inside Crate’s Liquor Store in Red Bank, New Jersey, but I just had to stop and photograph this awesome vintage signage. So much of it has been taken down everywhere, but even far-removed from their glory days, metal emblems like this still reek of Americana and a simpler time. That’s why there’s…

Photo of the Day: July 29, 2017

This cabinet of vintage liquor belongs to my friend Lynn. Still waiting for her to write a cocktail column for this blog. She’s one of the more knowledgeable people I know when it comes to mixology, and the friend who introduced me to Chartreuse and a favorite drink of mine which combines champagne, gin, and…

Drinking History: 10 Years Ago Today, Absinthe Re-Legalized in the USA

Happy Absinthe Day! 10 years ago today, absinthe was re-legalized in the United States after being banned for nearly 100 years. Less than a week removed from my History of Liquor course at Brookdale, I feel inclined to mention how needless the ban was in the first place. How hysteria, propaganda, and ignorance led to the…

Another History of Liquor Lecture

On March 2nd, I will be giving a lecture on the history of liquor at Brookdale Community College for the third time. To my happiness, it has been very well received so far, even calls for a sequel. I try to cover as much as I can. Such an extensive topic can not be condensed into…