Thursday, December 9, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
29) Jägermeister - While not on the original idea list for the 30 Essentials that I drew up last spring, I had to add it given the strength of demand for Jägerbombs in today's bars. A real bar simply cannot have a party with energy drink mixers and not have Jäger on hand to complement. Besides, Jägermeister is a flexible ingredient, adding a light spicy touch to three liquor blends and pleasant anise backing to iced-down shots. Those interested in developing a taste for the anise-dominant liqueurs of Europe but do not yet enjoy black licorice would do best to start their herbal taste immersions with Jäger.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Sweet, but not sickly sweet, melon liqueur is a surprisingly wonderful mixer that blends interestingly with unobvious bed-fellows like cream. Consider the crazy combination that is the Jedi Mind Trick - melon, cinnamon schnapps, Bailey's, and 151. I don't think that I have ordered a Jedi Mind Trick at a bar where the bartender didn't ask, "Ah, are you sure?" However, every bartender who then tried one always appreciated it afterwards. Melon liqueur is often one of three ingredients in any cocktail, so Joe can buy Dekuyper here or Midori for more class.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
#26) Bourbon - We have already assembled our North American whiskeys and our scotch, all that's left is a good bourbon. We grow mint in abundance here in Arena, so a hot summer's day requires bourbon for our mint juleps. The classic julep is a hardcore drink, essentially bourbon and ice water, but after beginning a deck-lounging julep tradition this summer, it is one of the few drinks I actually crave. Unlike tequila, there are tons of quality cost-effective bourbons out there - Maker's Mark, Bulleit, and Eagle Rare to name a few.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
#24) Frangelico - Here Joe is looking at a $20 or so bottle of liqueur. But, hey, coffee has been very popular through the 1990s-2000s, especially with women and few liqueurs love coffee like Frangelico.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
#17) Stoli Vodka - Of course we have a grand selection of vodka brands to chose from for our common Joe, from Smirnoff to Vox to Skyy to Absolut to Grey Goose to Belvedere and countless others, we picked Stolichnaya for its clean taste and affordable price. Tastes and price vary, of course, so find your favorite and buy it.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
#13) Dark Rum - Obviously a general rum will also be a requirement for any decent bar. We'll start at the dark end. A ton of choices are available, of course. We suggest that Joe goes Cruzan, it's solid for its price, especially if you buy it in the 1.75 L.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
#12) Coconut Rum - We have a large selection of coconut rum here at the Firewater Lounge from the ubiquitous Malibu to Cruzan to Parrot Bay. But one of our favorites is Whalers. In the summer, we typically go through a couple of bottles of Whalers; I guess you could call it our wine. Whalers, however, is too sweet for you to have has your mixing coconut rum, so choose from one of the three aforementioned.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
#11) American Whiskey - A bar without Jack Daniel's is like a farm without a dog. It's not absolutely necessary, but, if absent, you notice that it's not around.
Friday, April 30, 2010
#10) Benedictine- This herbal liqueur is a relative newcomer to the Firewater Lounge, but an old Wisconsin favorite. Given that the other monastic liqueurs like Izarra, Claristine, and the immortal Chartreuse are notably absent from Sconnie shelves, why is Benedictine so popular in the rural supper clubs?
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
9) Parfait Amour- Parfait what? Our second headscratcher of the list. Seriously though, if you have partied at our pad in the last three years, this sweet concoction of oranges, flower blossoms, and Madagascar vanilla goes down like water. In addition to its taste, its royal purple hue is beyond compare. Parfait Amour is the main player in such Lounge inventions as the Midnight Cherry Popper and the Savannah Night. To stock Winterfest, we are buying three bottles at a time!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
#8) Disaronno Amaretto- If you plan to entertain women, Disaronno needs to be in the bar. The sweet palate of almond lends itself to all kinds of wonderful concoctions- including the Firewater Lounge classic Pineapple Bomb. Disaronno might be a bit pricey for Joe, but the ladies are worth it. If you Mohawk it, you’ll taste nothing but simple sugar, which you can make from sugar and water for pennies.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
#7) Triple Sec- Historically, its name meant ‘triple dry,’ this orange liqueur was less sweet than regular curacao. At the bar of the common Joe, cost-effective triple sec is simply blue curacao without the color. Why is it important?
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
#5) Herbsaint- Never heard of it? Well, it’s got to be in your bar. Louisiana in the 1800s was the U.S. king of absinthe. Then the government decided to ban absinthe for nearly 100 years from 1915-2007. So, in 1934, an enterprising tag team of J.M. Legendre and Reginald Parker of New Orleans created absinthe without its offending ingredient- wormwood. Of course, the government stormed back in to stop this absinthe too. So they simply changed the name to Herbsaint. In my opinion, it’s tastier that anything the French have.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
#4) A single malt scotch- Everyone is going to have a favorite here. Smokiness, sweetness, and varying amounts of peat drive the myriad of favors of single malt scotch. My favorites tend to be sweeter, Dalwhinnie and The Glenrothes being among them, by virtue of my predilection of Rusty Nails. The one I would recommend here is The Glenlivet 12 year. It is a solid scotch for most scotch drinkers and, for $35, it is cheap enough to mix.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
In a response to our bar book, Stiff had made a request that I simply couldn’t refuse- list the top 30 essential liquors you need to have in your bar. Believe it or not, it actually was easier than I thought. I stuck to three rules: 1) The average Joe should be able to purchase the booze without taking a second mortgage out on the house, 2) Beer, wine, and champagne are not liquors, 3) Versatility matters.
Now, in teaser style, we are going to give you the first three liquors in this post and then unveil them a liquor at a time until we get to thirty! Each post we’ll give you a new drink that can be made from the growing list of liquors. So empty the change from your couch cushions, get to Woodman’s, and buy…