Advice

Go Green with Organic Earth Day Cocktails

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd and to honor what it stands for I am offering up truly "green", farm-fresh, organic ingredients and cocktails for spring. As an added bonus, I list the best fruits, veggies, herbs, spices, and florals to be used in cocktails, infused spirits, syrups, purees, and juices for the season, best way to prepare them, and what base spirits pair best with them. Thank you to Nicole Friend and my friends from over at Sauza Tequila for contributing.

Blog Special - "Bartender Wisdom For Valentine's Day"

I meant to put this post together later in the week, but due to coordinating and doing three events this week, this V-day post comes early in the week. Giving you plenty of time to get the ingredients and perfect these cocktails before your date arrives.

14 Essential Cocktail Bar Tools & Equipment - "What No Home Bartender Should Be Without"

This post is dedicated to my dear friend and apprentice, Sam, who has impressingly become, in a very short time, a masterful liquid chef and home mixologist. I am proud to have taught him many of my trade secrets and he is well on his way to serving me a quality and well-balanced cocktail. I hope to impart more wisdom onto Sam in the coming months. Also, to Ann, his romantic assistant, and friends Julia, an aspiring mixologist and Christie, a friendly, neighborly imbiber, who have all found a better appreciation of good drink-making skills and cocktails.

"Cocktail of the Month" - Classic Sidecar & Twists

For this post, you will find various offerings of the classic Sidecar for the "Cocktail of the Month" Program (COM). Choose from one of these versions of the Sidecar for the month of January.

Would you like the ingredients for one of these cocktails delivered to your doorstep? At this time, this program is only available to Central PA. Let Raise Your Spirits do the shopping, make recipe cards, and box up ingredients with step-by-step instructions or have them batch the cocktail and deliver MTO. Either way, you get to keep the products. 

Whisky Spotlight - Armorik Breton Classic Single Malt Whisky

It's that time of year when I like to sit down and enjoy a smooth and warming whisk(e)y in front of the fireplace. I found the perfect whisky to sip this winter and it hails from France. I received this rare bottle, as a token of gratitude, from Danl Cooney of Heavenly Spirits, importer of fine French Spirits, in Massachusetts for my written coverage and promotion of them during "National Cognac Day". I waited for the right time and a special occasion to taste it and it was well worth the wait.

Seasonal Spotlight - Party On With Champagne Primer

Champagne is something you should consider sipping all year-round. But it’s especially appropriate this time of year, as everyone jolts from holiday party to holiday party. It’s time to get some expert advice on the sparkly stuff. A few myths debunked and some surprising tidbits from the correct glassware (hint - it’s not a flute) to why popping a cork should be graceful.

Seasonal Spotlight - Holiday Cocktails By Raise Your Spirits

Spiced Pear

  • 1 ½ oz Pear Vodka, such as Grey Goose La Poire or Absolut Pear
  • ¾ oz Amaretto Liq
  • ½ oz *Spiced simple syrup
  • 1/4 oz Lemon juice
  • Pear slice for garnish
  • Glass – Cocktail

* Spiced Simple Syrup - combine some allspice, cloves, cinnamon stick, orange peel, 1 cup brown sugar in a medium saucepan with 1 cup of water. Boil, then simmer on low heat for about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally. Let cool, remove solids, bottle, and refrigerate.

Bartender Ramblings - "So, What's Your REAL Job?"

I've been wanting to write this blog post for quite some time now.

I'm a Bartender and Please Don't Ask Me What My "Real Job" Is -

Q - “What do you do?” 

A - “I’m a bartender”

Q - “Right, but like, what do you WANT to do?”

A - “Um.”

This question comes in many forms, such as:

“Is this your night job?” “What do you really want to do?” “What did you do before this?” “Are you in school?”

Spooky Halloween Cocktails By Raise Your Spirits

Whether you're hosting a halloween party or want some cool and different cocktails to share with others, try some of these cocktails this week or over the halloween weekend. RYS will be serving most of these cocktails on Friday night. These are novelty drinks so proceed with caution. They are visually appealing, but not necessarily the best tasting. Have fun with it!

 

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