Cocktails

South America Flight: Caipirinha

By Jonathan Laurel August 23, 2019 Cocktails

No South American cocktail flight would be complete with the Caipirinha.  This iconic Brazilian cocktail is perhaps the most famous beverage to be exported from the country, and there’s an easy reason.  Although there are probably as many ways to make a Caipirinha as there are Brazilians, the drink is almost invariably addictively delicious.  The Caipirinha originated in the interior of the State of São Paolo, indicating a little history of its… Read More

South America Flight: Batida Rosa

By Jonathan Laurel August 20, 2019 Cocktails

The Batida Rosa is a devastatingly delicious drink created by Jeffrey Morganthaler in 2008.  The story behind the cocktail is that a Brazilian soccer team was crushing Caipirinhas at his bar one night.  To prevent running out of his stock of limes, Morgenthaler created the Batida Rosa and thus pivoted the demand to lemon juice.  This cocktail’s namesake is the classic Brazilian Batida, a fairly malleable category of cachaça cocktail that includes… Read More

South America Flight: Pisco Punch

By Jonathan Laurel August 16, 2019 Cocktails

One of the most perfect punches you’ll encounter is the Pisco Punch.  This punch is easily 150 years old, possibly finding its origins on coastal ocean steamers traveling up the Pacific coast of the Americas from Peru to California.  Unquestionably, though, this punch was made famous at the Bank Exchange, the iconic San Francisco bar haunted by the likes of Rudyard Kippling, Mark Twain, and Harold Ross.   The Bank Exchange Billiard… Read More

Historical Flight: Ernest Hemingway

By Jonathan Laurel July 17, 2019 Cocktails Events

Few cultural figures in the last century have brought cocktail and spirit culture into the limelight the way that Ernest Hemingway did.  This monumental figure in 20th century literature was also a famous drinker, incorporating his love for all things alcoholic (and, often, bitter) into his stories and his life.  We prefer “famous” here in lieu of “infamous,” because Hemingway’s extraordinary enthusiasm for beverages was of mythical proportions even in his own life… Read More

Pineapple & Coriander

By Jonathan Laurel July 17, 2019 Cocktails

Roasted pineapple, cilantro, lemon, lime leaf Honkaku-style kome shochu, chambéry blanc, pineapple curry shrub, cilantro, kaffir lime leaf liqueur, bogart bitters Adapted from the recipe for Kaeng Khua Saparot, or “Pineapple Fried Curry,” the Pineapple & Coriander cocktail is crafted with a two-week old shrub made from pineapples, coriander seeds, peppercorns, Thai basil, sugar, and rice vinegar.  To serve it, we mix the shrub with a rice-distilled shochu and a lemony French blanc… Read More