MxMo Brown Bitter & Stirred: The Box Cutter

Posted by John The Bastard on September 01, 2010|opinions|read the whole damn thing
Big thanks go to Lindsey for an awesome Mixology Monday theme with a Wednesday deadline. If you're not familiar with the brown, bitter, & stirred genre of drinks, they are what they sound like: brown spirit, something bitter, not much sugar, and no shaking...

The First Assembly of Cascadians is Called to Order

Posted by John The Bastard on July 20, 2010|opinions|read the whole damn thing
Are you from the Pacific Northwest? Are you currently in New Orleans? Here are your orders.

I ♥ Anvil

Posted by John The Bastard on July 17, 2010|opinions|read the whole damn thing

The Four Barmen of the Apocalypse

Posted by John The Bastard on July 15, 2010|opinions|read the whole damn thing
Last year's Tales of the Cocktail was a momentous occasion for a variety of reasons, but especially so for many of your favorite booze bloggers. In a rented house on North Rampart Street, just a few doors down from Bar Tonique, we of the newly formed Cocktail and Spirits Online Writers Group had taken it upon ourselves to assemble the finest bar in New Orleans. We had more homemade ingredients and rare bottles of booze than has likely ever been assembled, and it all poured freely---if you were invited in. Welcome to the Mixo House.

Four Stars

Posted by John The Bastard on June 01, 2010|opinions|read the whole damn thing
A couple weeks ago, the theme ingredient for Thursday Drink Night was Kahlúa, and I'll be frank: I was not excited about this. I am not a Kahlúa fan. The cloying sweetness conjures images of sticky frat bathrooms and sexual regret. However, knowing that even the lowly Jägermeister has its occasional uses, I convinced myself to try coming up with something that wouldn't result in tearful toilet hugging...

Drinking Clarity

Posted by John The Bastard on May 29, 2010|opinions|read the whole damn thing
One of the (many) awesome things about being a complete bastard is that you don't have to do the things people want you to do. Things like, say, update you website on a regular basis. If a person comes up to you and says something along the lines of, "Post some new content" or "Please stop drinking my mezcal straight from the bottle" you just yell, "Fuck you! Get your own blog and/or mezcal!" and then happily go on about you business...

TDN Anniversary

Posted by John The Bastard on September 03, 2009|opinions|read the whole damn thing
Today is the 1 year anniversary of Thursday Drink Night, and to celebrate, I wanted to revisit a drink I submitted to last years Tiki-themed TDN, the Winter in Tortola. This was a drink I liked and was proud of, but felt it needed perfecting. So, with that, I give you...

Booze Blogging at SXSW

Posted by John The Bastard on August 18, 2009|opinions|read the whole damn thing
Lindsey at Lush Life, a friend of mine and one of the most awesome people ever, has submitted a great proposal for a panel at next year's South By Southwest conference: Booze Blogging - Liquid Conversations. It passed the first round of selection, but now needs votes to happen. We both know you like booze, and you like blogs (observe: you are currently reading a booze blog), so your duty is clear: go vote for the panel. You'll need to sign in for your vote to count, but it only takes a minute and doesn't get you spammed. But don't stop there! Leave a supportive comment as well. The number of votes isn't publicly displayed, so the only way to draw attention to the all-consuming awesomeness of Lindsey's panel is to comment...

Holy Hell: Saturday Morning Cocktails

Posted by John The Bastard on August 15, 2009|opinions|read the whole damn thing
This fine Saturday morning, I found myself needing to put together a quick and dirty cocktail menu for an evening affair with friends (yes, I have some). I'll be mixing drinks after a heavy meal of ribeye and beer and want a variety of classics I can make with a small selection of ingredients and a minimum of citrus juicing. See what I found.

Mixology Monday: Vodka, your enemy

Posted by John The Bastard on August 11, 2009|opinions|read the whole damn thing
Anyone who has spent any time drinking with me knows I hate vodka. A lot. Nothing has changed. I firmly believe that if there is a good drink made with vodka (I know, thats a big "if"), there is a better drink to be made by simply using a different white spirit. Here are a few of my favorite substitutions...