cocktaildudes

cocktaildudes

Refreshing your spirits with fun instructional videos full of nonsense, a little back wash of history, and facts about refined classic and original cocktails.

18/08/2018

Our Asian Tonic Syrup recipe is up on our web-site and on the CocktailDudes YouTube channel. Eschewing the traditional Cinchona Bark (Quinine) bitter, here we utilize two bitter elements common in Chinese medicine: Bupleurum and Gentian. Use the Syrup to make our unbelievably delicious Asian Gin & Tonic. Check it out! Cheers!

19/07/2018

I'm excited to have tracked down - at long last - a true First Edition of the first cocktail book published in the United States. "How to Mix Drinks, or The Bon-Vivants Companion," by Jerry Thomas. 1862. Later called "The Bartender's Guide." There were three issues of the first edition, all emblazoned with the embossed price on the front cover: "$1.50," "$2.00," and later "$2.50." This is a "$1.50" book with the original title. The spine will need professional attention, but I aim to keep it as original and unrestored as practicable. Cheers!

27/04/2018

Visiting the Cheesehead Factory today and having a blast!

22/03/2018

The printing-press at FlexoGraphics is spewing forth labels at an astonishing rate. That means only one thing: 🎼"We know something you don't know..." 🎼 Cheers!! 😎

17/03/2018

Excited to have tracked down a beautiful Robert Jones & Son corkscrew with threaded steel shank and cork spikes. This is the first British Registered Design (No. 423) for a corkscrew. It is stamped "8th October 1840" and "V👑R" (Victoria Regina).

Before pe*******on of the worm, the tube is lowered, and the two spikes are pushed into the cork to stabilize the corkscrew. The frame rests on the neck of the bottle and assists in centering the worm into the cork. Pe*******on of the worm is stopped when the inner threaded shaft is screwed into the tube. The spikes and worm then firmly grip the cork and turning of the handle causes rotation of the cork, disrupting the adhesions of the cork with the bottle. Continuing the rotary action with a slight upward pull extracts the cork.

04/03/2018

Cocktails & Merriment. Enjoying the mirth and colorful concoctions at Bitter & Twisted. Cheers!

11/02/2018

Cracking a pair of Springbank granddads tonight. The 30 yo Murray, McDavid and the 30 yo Blackadder bottlings. Both distilled in 1965. Could this be a prelude to something even more special...???

03/01/2018

Stoked to have finally found this beautiful antique French lemon juicer to add to our hand-held citrus press collection. Insert the halved lemon into the head, and juice by turning the screw. Not the most practical tool for behind the bar, but we'll find use for it nonetheless. Silver. circa 1888. Cheers!

29/12/2017

Curious to see what all the fuss is about, we stopped by to meet the alchemists at Madison's State Line Distillery. Impressed by their clear spirits, we anticipate grand things emerging from their barrels in the years ahead! Bravo!

18/11/2017

We've finally discovered the secret to simple clear ice at home. Buy it! We just spied this bag of gems in SE Wisconsin. At 66-cents/cube, we couldn't resist! Cheers!

10/11/2017

Movin' on up...! Now number 12. YouTube.Com/CocktailDudes. Cheers!

04/11/2017

It's finally happening! Sweet Diner opens to the public on November 8th! Milwaukee's premier breakfast & lunch emporium. Get down here 'cause this is where it's at! Cheers!

28/10/2017

Delightful drinks and creative eats at Nashville's Bastion. Truly amazing! "Bourbon + Mocha" (1 oz. 100-proof Bourbon, 3/4 oz. Amaro Sibillia, 1/2 oz. Caffe Moka Liqueur, 1/4 oz. Fernet, 1/2 oz. Demerara Syrup, 1 egg, Mole Bitters). Cheers!

24/10/2017

All superlatives apply here. If Husk offered a Liver Transplant option on their menu, we'd become permanent residents of their dining room. Creative (and fun!) southern-inspired food and drink. "The Beets on Tour '95" (Rum, Aperol, Amaro, Golden Beets, Agave, Lemon, Rose Water); "Through the Garden" (Rum, Green Chartreuse, Red Bell Pepper, Lime, Calamansi Vinegar, Basil). Cheers!

21/10/2017

It may be Prohibition's soft-opening, but the bar staff at this Savannah eatery are running on all cylinders and delivering delightful cocktails. "Pistachio Fizz" (Beefeater 24, Faretti, Pistachio Orgeat, Lime, Cream, Egg White, Soda). Cheers!

17/10/2017

Secreted above a popcorn shop and accessed by a sobriety-testing stairwell lies Auburn's delightful speakeasy: The Avondale Bar - a quiet and classy respite in this lively college town. "The Titanic" (Gin, Campari, Rose Water & Lavender Syrup, Egg White). Cheers!

14/10/2017

Whetting our whistle at Louisville's RYE. Sipping cocktails in Bourbon Country. "Little Shop of Horrors" (Bourbon, Strega, Cardamaro, Angostura, Orange Flower Water). Cheers!

11/10/2017

Day One of Madison Cocktail Week begins with Ticky Tacky Tiki at Nattspil. Come on down and join in the fun!

Timeline photos 09/09/2017

Turn your favorite cocktail or spirit into a delightful alcoholic Gummy Bear! Our recipes and how-to video is up on the web-site and YouTube channel. Make a Negroni Gummy Bear, or better still, pop a Gin Gummy Bear, Campari Gummy Bear, and Sweet Vermouth Gummy Bear onto your tongue and mix your own Negroni in your mouth with each chew! We know... Unbelievable! Cheers!

Photos from cocktaildudes's post 25/08/2017

Tart Cherry cocktail recipes are now up on the web-site and YouTube channel. Learn how to make our Tart Cherry Tonic Syrup and Tart Cherry Cordial along with cocktails which utilize them. Cheers!

Timeline photos 04/08/2017

Experimenting with Cocktail Slushies. The Co**se Reviver #2 alongside the Jungle Bird. Let the brain freezes begin! Cheers!

30/06/2017

The quartets are grand; the duets, a delight. But the coolest thing going down at the Jazz Estate is the trio of high-balls on their new Summer Cocktail Menu. Tapping our toes and tackling a cocktail menu full of winners. Bravo! ("Ugly Beauty:" Bourbon, Bruto Americano, Falernum, Lemon, Seltzer).

Timeline photos 15/05/2017

Sorghum Syrup, derived from the sensuously-tall sorghum grass, is a staple in Southern pantries. Its sweet earthy and grassy notes combined with notions of raisin and roasted malt marry wonderfully with Rye, pot-stilled Rum, and Aquavit. We're reimagining nine classic cocktails with Sorghum Syrup. Recipes are up on the CocktailDudes web-site and YouTube channel. Cheers!

Timeline photos 30/04/2017

So long Madison! Satiating our livers at the ever-incredible, always-amazing Heritage Tavern. Favorite cocktail: "131 Bourbon Street" (Rittenhouse Rye, Dupont Calvados, Benedictine, Sweet Vermouth, Angostura & Peychaud's). Cheers!

Timeline photos 30/04/2017

Whetting our whistle at Madison's swanky Graft. Well crafted cocktails alongside delightful small plates. "Fancy Water" (White Armagnac, Witty Dry Vermouth, Platinum Rum, & Velvet Falernum) and "Wry Beer" (Overproof Rye, Byrrh, Tonic Syrup, & Bitters). Cheers!

29/04/2017

Working our way through the new cocktail menu at Lucille. The gang here is killing it! Favorites: "Bigly" (Tamarind-infused Tequila, Averna Amaro, Ginger-Honey Syrup, Lime) and "Death by Snu Snu" (El Dorado 5yo Rum, Hamilton overproof Rum, Lucky Falernum, Allspice Dram, Banana Syrup, Lime, Orange, and Angostura). Bravo

Timeline photos 21/04/2017

Sipping slushes and gumming bibimbap at the delightful Phoenix Cocktail Club. A brain-freeze never felt so good. Add this to your "must-do" list while in Milwaukee. Cheers!

Timeline photos 18/04/2017

Judging the Alcoholmanac-Guinness Perfect Pint Cocktail Competition. Hurry down for a cold pint and samples of all of the cocktails. Cheers!

Timeline photos 14/04/2017

Excited to receive our Blackthorn (Sloe Berry) bushes today! A rarity here in the US, we look forward using the fruits to make our own Sloe Gin. Check back in a couple years... Cheers!

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Videos (show all)

Visiting the Cheesehead Factory today and having a blast!
The printing-press at FlexoGraphics is spewing forth labels at an astonishing rate. That means only one thing: 🎼"We know...
Delightful drinks and creative eats at Nashville's Bastion.  Truly amazing!  "Bourbon + Mocha" (1 oz. 100-proof Bourbon,...
It may be Prohibition's soft-opening, but the bar staff at this Savannah eatery are running on all cylinders and deliver...
Working our way through the new cocktail menu at Lucille. The gang here is killing it!  Favorites: "Bigly" (Tamarind-inf...
Enjoying the Bucks vs. Magic game - thanks to Waste Management (and to all the Bourbon bottles we recycle...!) 😜 Cheers!
Enjoying the delightful cocktail creations at Denver's Williams & Graham. "Treat Yo' Self" (Aged Bols Genever, Amaretto,...
Raising pint after delicious pint at the Avery Brewing Company.  Clinking "The Beast" with "Überschwein" and "Samael's" ...
Liquid-Nitrogen crafted Butter Pecan ice cream.
Rare archival footage showing the traditional Pre-Fermentation Peasant Flop - the long forgotten "softening of the rye" ...