In the past couple of years, I’ve become a spirits and cocktails enthusiast. I’ve toured distilleries in Kentucky, sought out great bars when I travel, and collected bottles of spirits, liqueurs, and assorted drink-making stuff. As some of you know, I’ve been writing for a blog called The Spirit World, and I’ve added a mixology segment to Shelly’s Podcast.
Last week’s Tales of the Cocktail absolutely filled my brain with information and inspiration. And it filled a couple of bags with mini-bottles, recipes, books, and bar tools. It’s going to take me weeks to sort it all out. And since I’m a newbie in the mixology world, I’ve been digging into the schwag bag enthusiastically, not with the jaded perspective I usually bring to technology schwag. Also, min-bottles and recipes are more interesting than t-shirts and keychains. I’m just sayin.
I found many things in the Tales bag I’d never heard of, much less tasted, and I thought it would be fun to go through some of it with you. My plan is to write up some mini-reviews for your reading pleasure, and maybe introduce you to some spirits and recipes you haven’t seen before. I have no affiliation with any product manufacturer, and the reviews will be those of a relative newcomer to the discerning evaluation of booze. But, as they say, I know what I like.