Aviation

Madison James Madison, we are the Dukes of JMU! What? Sorry I saw the purple and gold of my alma mater. Don’t know what came over me. Perhaps it’s the Creme de Violette, one of my favorite liqueurs. One of my favorite combinations is plain old champagne and Creme de Violette. Last time I found myself…

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Blackbeard

Argh matey! Admittedly, this cocktail has nothing to do with pirates, let alone the most notorious pirate known as Blackbeard. But When Daniel Eun ended up with more blackberries on his chin than in his mouth during recipe testing, we titled it the blackbeard. (From the PDT Cocktail Book)   Extremely well balanced, I can’t pick…

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The Martini

I firmly believe that there is a Martini out there for everyone. Not some crazy flavored thing, the classic Gin Martini. At a 3-to-1 ratio of Gin and Vermouth, it’s super simple. However, with the increasing amounts of different Gins and Vermouths available now, all you have to do is find one of each that…

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French 75

Another stalwart classic included in the PDT Cocktail Book is the French 75. Its history is as muddled as a good mojito (much like most older recipes), the original made with a base of gin. Many variations have gained traction thus adding to the confusion. This one is relatively young for a classic, dating back to…

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Rite of Spring

It’s ramp season. Ramps have shown up on every menu in every possible way. People go nuts for these little onion/garlic/scallion/leek like vegetables, most likely because their growing season is short, they are typically foraged, and they are one of the first vegetables to poke above ground after winter releases its grip on the land….

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