We review Arctic Chill Ice Ball Makers
The Montmartre was Hollywood’s first big night club — somewhere where, even during Prohibition, a drink and a bit of gambling were a sure thing. It quickly became the most publicized club in the country. Valentino, Tom Mix — even Winston Churchill — were seen at the Montmartre. Even so, we’re not fans of the original Montmartre cocktail featured in “Hollywood Cocktails”. Instead, we’ve turned the drink into a way-too-easy-to-drink milk punch that’s pink and sweet but never let’s you forget that you’re drinking booze.
Opened in 1930 adjacent to the Montmartre, the Embassy Club maintained a private membership list of 300, including Charlie Chaplin and Gloria Swanson. By excluding the gawking public, the Embassy Club failed, pulling down the once-popular Montmartre (same owners) with it.
It goes without saying that New Year’s and Champagne go together like good intentions and broken resolutions. If you’re looking for a way to make things a little more interesting than just popping the cork on the bubbly, we suggest the following:
1.5 oz Pusser’s Rum
1.5 oz Agua de Tamarindo (recipe below)
3 – 4 oz Club Soda, to top
Add all ingredients to a collins glass with ice
Garnish with a lime wedge
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Without tequila among our bottles, you might be inclined to think that 12 Bottle Bar would sit out Cinco de Mayo. In fact, when we’ve asked the experts, a few of them have suggested that we replace one of our bottles with one from south of the border. While we certainly love tequila (in particular, great mezcals), we hold to the belief that its use in classic cocktails is limited. Besides, if you’re craving a taste of Mexico, there are so many other beverages to explore – like agua de tamarindo.
By Lesley Jacobs Solmonson
It’s fun keeping secrets, especially when you finally get to share them. Only two short weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to be the guest of Pernod Ricard for a week-long sojourn to the Beefeater and Plymouth Distilleries. (Tune in this week for details of my gin-soaked escapades.) While at Beefeater, Master Distiller Desmond Payne hinted at what would soon be Beefeater’s newest offering. You, dear readers, are some of the first to hear of this exciting development, a true labor of love for Mr. Payne: Beefeater Burrough’s Reserve Oak Rested Gin. Read More…