National Bourbon Heritage Month

In August, 2007 the United States Senate declared that September be recognized as National Bourbon Heritage Month. While this may not have much impact with the average consumer, it is an honor for the craftsmen in the bourbon industry. The designation is designed to celebrate "America's Native Spirit" and the significant historical, economical and industrial role the bourbon industry has played in the country's history.

Cocktails By Michael (Part 3)

After a short hiatus from this cocktail post, I am offering up some more exquisite, classic cocktails from the  dusty archives. These are cross-over cocktails, which means they can be served and sipped during late summer and fall months. An added feature to these recipes are tasting notes and history.

Just For Mary

Fruity and spicy

The Whiskey Sour

This post is honoring the classic wedding drink, the "Whiskey Sour", which is officially celebrated on August 25th. The Whiskey Sour is probably the most popular of all the sour drinks and rightfully so, it is a great cocktail when prepared and mixed correctly. It is sour, yes, but the sweetness and smokiness of some whiskeys along with fresh lemon juice or fresh lemon sour, and optional simple syrup, tend to offset and certainly compliment the tartness of the drink.

Summer Mocktails

Recently, I have received a lot of requests from clients for non-alcoholic concoctions in addition to their cocktail menu for the kiddos, designated drivers, and non-drinkers in attendance...In the cocktail world, these kind of drinks are referred to as "mocktails"...I'm sure most of you have heard this term before...Because I'm all about 'serving the people', I am offering up some mocktails to serve at your next event or party that will certainly 'raise the spirits' of those guests and make them feel a part of the celebration...You can check my testimonials to see the impact of these mockt

Cocktails By Michael - Late Summer Edition (Part 2)

Here is a continuation of the last post...Some are simple to make at home while others are a little more complex, but well worth it if you're planning a function or want some special cocktails.

Champagne Celebration

  • 1 sugar cube saturated with Peychaud's bitters
  • 1/2 oz VSOP Cognac
  • 1/2 Cointreau
  • chilled champagne

In a champagne flute, place sugar cube with bitters. Add cognac and cointreau. Slowly fill with cold champagne Try to chill cognac and cointreau in fridge prior. Garnish orange spiral.

Cocktails By Michael - Late Summer Edition (Part 1)

Below you will find fabulous cocktails never released before and exclusive to all of my loyal followers and potential clients. I've been waiting to unveil these splendid concoctions till the right time and now is the right time since business is picking up and my fall and winter months are getting filled. You can have one of these served to you and your guests' at your next event or party.

Infamous Summer Cocktails Spanning the Globe - Part 2

Berry Lemonade - Boise, Idaho

1 3/4 oz Revolution vodka
Handful of fresh local berries
3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz housemade simple syrup

Combine all ingredients. Add more lemon if you prefer tart libations and more simple syrup if you prefer sweeter drinks. Serve.


Trendy Summer Cocktails From Around The Globe

With the summer reaching it's halfway point and the fact that I haven't done a cocktail recipe post in a while, I decided to offer you what is hot right now in the cocktail world. Many of these cocktails are from all parts of the stratosphere.

The Charter '77, the most popular drink at a trendy Czech-owned bar, gets its name from a 1977 civic initiative that championed civil rights in communist Czechoslovakia.

How To Drink Like A Celebrity & Famous Shots in Movies?

Everyone has a drink of choice. Why would a celebrity be any different? Even in a world where the options are endless there is comfort in going with what you know.

How you ever thought about what your favorite celebrity drinks off the set. Take a look and next time you see them on the big screen or watching one of their movies at home, you will know what they like to drink. You will be surprised at the simplicity of the Hollywood celebrity drinking culture even with all those lavish cocktail parties and celebrations.