What’s this all about?

Understanding Cocktails is for those of you who want to know a little bit more about what's going into that $15 drink you ordered last night. Perhaps you'd like to know what all the fussing behind the bar is about or maybe you'd like to be able to say something other than; "it's nice" when someone makes you a drink. Still not sure? Check the about section out for more details.

A Night Out

hawthorne-sidecar If you’ll excuse the biographic detour, the bill to the right represent a good night out – I’m glad I knew none of those drinks were going to be lack-luster. Thankfully we were in the expert hands of Jamie and Dick at the Hawthorne Lounge. You’ll notice the lack of listed items – some of us were going off piste. When we do, we are not above getting expert advice ourselves. You see, the truth is, no one knows everything about cocktails, although Kingsley Amis and David A. Embury [both amazon.com] probably came close.

hawthorne-billIn any event, it struck us that part of having a good time is knowing what to expect – the programme side of things if you willl. Another important aspect is having a guide or someone to follow. So while Jamie lead us through his subtle take on the Old Fashioned, I too played guide for my friends. Keeping in mind that these are some good mates. While I may know there taste well, their the tyranny of the cocktail menu required some intervention.

In a slightly flowery fashion, perhaps the importance lies in knowing enough to let someone else guide you at times – otherwise you’ll be drinking that same drink, forever. Cocktail attitude doesn’t preclude the possibility curiosity, quite the opposite. The trick, is knowing who to trust it too.

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