Category: spirits

Vieux Mot

As much as we enjoy tracking down unusual ingredients and experimenting with new flavors, sometimes simple is best. Basic recipes with common ingredients that are worthwhile are often found in

White Whiskey

White whiskey has many names. It can be marketed as white dog or white lightning, or even the yokel moonshine, although that usually refers to illicit varieties. A few things are clear, however, besides this unusual

Holiday Gift Ideas 2015

It’s that time of the year when folks like to give gifts, and we know it’s sometimes difficult to find the perfect item for the mixologist in your life. Regular

Palmetto

Despite the improved quality and availability of citrus in winter, colder months always seem better suited for spirit-driven cocktails. Whiskey usually comes to mind, but other spirits also fill the

Gilded Cage

One of the challenges often faced by cocktail enthusiasts is reconciling  the fact that vodka—the most popular spirit in North America—isn’t fairly represented in classic cocktail books. In fact, you just

Grilled Pineapple Southside

We have long been fans of the Southside cocktail, not that we always think to make it. It’s one of those great summer drinks we like to make for guests

Painkiller

We don’t post enough tropical Tiki rum drinks on Summit Sips. It’s not intentional—it just works out that way. With winter behind us now and the magnolias in bloom, we

Toronto

The Toronto combines two things we love: rye whiskey and Fernet-Branca. Some accounts suggest that this drink was originally made with Canadian whisky which makes sense, especially considering that it’s

Iron Cross

Scan the liquor cabinet for base spirits and you might find a sad bottle of pisco that always seems to squeeze itself into the darkest corner. That’s a shame because

Scotch Selection for 2011

It’s that time of the year again when we choose a bottle to add to our collection of Scotch whisky. Over the years we have pulled together a small selection

Creative Holiday Gift Ideas

One of the best gifts you can give someone interested in cocktails is booze. You don’t even have to break the bank (although you might reconsider picking from the bottom

Rural Juror

If you’ve ever had the pleasure to enjoy the culinary mastery of Chef Lenny Russo at the Heartland Restaurant in St. Paul, you might have also enjoyed an inspired beverage