With this preposterous election year careening to an anti-climax, I was inspired to make a cocktail that hearkens back to a time long ago, to a man who seems strangely familiar. For all of his faults (like murdering thousands of people, including priests, who disagreed with him), Benito Mussolini wasn't all bad. He practically invented Fascism, which is no small feat. And he had no qualms about posing shirtless in the Italian Alps on a skiing trip (as a well-deserved respite
Outside of my best pal, Jack Morgan, e.e. cummings is my favorite poet. And he was also a novelist, playwright, and painter (like someone else I know). Today's drink I created in his honor... i will wade out
till my thighs are steeped in burning flowers
I will take the sun in my mouth
and leap into the ripe air
with closed eyes
to dash against darkness
Perhaps I've been reading too much Schopenhauer... "There is only one inborn error, and that is, that we exist in order to be happy… What really gives life its wonderful and ambiguous character is that two diametrically opposed aims are constantly at war with each other—that of the individual will, directed to chimerical happiness in an ephemeral, dream-like, and delusive existence in which the present is every moment becoming the past; and that of fate, visibly directed to t
To the uninitiated, their worldview of cocktail bitters begins and ends in the refrigerator with that weird bottle with the over-sized wrapper. But since we’re in the kitchen, imagine just one spice in the spice rack. This is how the dedicated cocktail enthusiast, the mixology maven, the drink-making mad scientist looks at cocktail bitters—as a vast array of spices on the shelf. And exactly like that perfect seasoning you would add to your favorite dish, choosing the right bi
A drink that is more than the sum of its parts, this cocktail is as smooth as it gets. The disparate tastes of Averna (with its caramel undertones), Byrrh (with its bitter complexity and hint of quinine), Domaine de Canton (with its invigorating splash of ginger), and Disaronno Originale (with its touch of almond). Add to this, lemon and spiced cherry, and you have a drink that’s how dating should be. Relaxed, easy, drama free. Click on the link below to watch the video from
The "Manhattan" is one of the most remarkably versatile drinks in the repertoire of Classic Cocktails. Here are three of my own variations on a theme. The first, with Cynar, the disarming Italian amaro flavored with artichoke (see the BLOG entry of April 7, 2016 entitled: "What the Heck is Cynar?"). The second, my current favorite, that combines the assertively bittersweet Italian Vermouth, Punt e Mes, with the deliciously subtle walnut liqueur, Nocello. The third, my take o
Enjoy these still photos from the shoot for our latest video in KEVIN'S COCKTAIL MINUTE! Click on link below to watch!
"How Green is My Cocktail" Measuring out the good stuff, as Anna looks on... Oooh, that's a big muddler you got there! The muddler in action! So sweet and innocent. But then... Tess! Help! (Click on: Tess Posthumus, my mixology mentor) Finger-lickin' good! I want to ride on this, the Hendrick's Cucumber Blimp!
A drink that is as beautiful to look at as it is to consume, this signature cocktail blends the subtle taste of muddled cucumber with Hendrick’s gin, along with melon, lime, and white cranberry. Click on the link below to watch the newest cocktail video from KEVIN'S COCKTAIL MINUTE...
"How Green is My Cocktail" Yes, it's as delicious as it looks! And be sure and try these other delicious green drinks:
Enough Politics! Here's an Appletini! The Jets Suck Again: A Sour Cocktai
Here are some completely amazing shots from the newest episode of KEVIN'S COCKTAIL MINUTE: "Don't Rob Banks in Bolivia"... Ready to bang the gong and get it on, cocktail-wise. Movers & Shakers. Drink Fernet because Sky Jack Morgan says so! Peppers... and Alcohol! That thing he does with sour oranges...
Our Retro Cocktail for September is the more famous of the two "reviver drinks" still extant from the Prohibition Era. (See the BLOG entry for May 1, 2016... Retro Cocktail for May: Corpse Reviver No. 1) Supposedly, there was so much drinking during Prohibition that so-called "reviver" drinks were created as salutary hangover cures. Although the inventor of today's cocktail, Harry Craddock himself, stated, "If you drink three or four of these in a row, then the corpse will n