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.

The start of a spirited adventure

So I kind of took a break from cocktails. Not because I stopped drinking them or making them, but mostly about writing about them. Tales does that to people. But enough of the past, let’s talk about where spirits come from. No, not the bottle store.

Seriously, I thought I knew. Turns out you don’t know much until you start making your own spirits. And that’s what I’ve been doing.

Lots of work has gone in to whiskey/whisky making and it’s getting pretty respectable. But I thought I’d chronicle my rum making. This is my third attempt, and while it’s much more forgiving than whiskey, it’s not without a few challenges either. Watch and learn. There will be plenty of mistakes along the way.

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