Thursday, February 27, 2014



Roman God of winemaking and intoxication


At BoHenry's we drink rum martini-style:
A shot of 10 Cane in a shaker with ice
Stir, pour into martini glass
Add a lime twist

What are the key characteristics to look out for?
The first thing to remember is that age or colour does not equate to quality in ANY spirit. When looking at a rum label, look at its origins. Rums from English-speaking countries are generally heavier in body and texture. Rums from Spanish-speaking countries are medium-bodied. Rums from French-speaking countries are drier on the finish. But rums are so varied, it’s almost impossible to generalise.
How should you drink it?
The rule of thumb is that premium rums should be drunk straight or with ice but if you’re using it in a mixed drink then the better the rum the better the cocktail. If the rum is cask strength then a touch of water opens up the aromas of the rum. Lighter and younger rums are great in cocktails such as a Mojito, Daiquiri and Rum Mules (with ginger beer, bitters and lime).
Whats your favourite serve?
A Daiquiri or Rum Manhattan
50ml light rum
25ml fresh lime juice
12.5ml sugar syrup
Shake ingredients over ice and pour into a cocktail glass. No garnish.
Rum Manhattan
50ml premium aged rum
25ml sweet vermouth
Dash of Angostura aromatic bitters
Garnish with a maraschino cherry
Stir ingredients over ice in a mixing glass. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry.


El Floridita, Havana, c1955

Tennessee Williams, F Scott Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Cheever, Carver, Berryman… Six giants of American literature – and all addicted to alcohol. In an edited extract from her new book, The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing looks at the link between writers and the bottle


Is red wine a cure-all? 
The notion could easily be dismissed as fantasy if not for numerous studies trumpeting its benefits. 
The latest: a study to be published in the journal “Cancer Cell International,” which suggests that red wine slows the spread of lung cancer tells us more of what we want to hear.
Co-author Evangelia Litsa Tsiani says her team examined the effects of red and white wine on six culture plates, which each contained millions of human lung cancer cells. 
The experiment was duplicated four times to ensure the results were not a fluke.
Tsiani said that the plates treated with wine demonstrated “60 percent inhibition” of the cells. 
Translation: the wine dramatically reduced cancer cell growth. 
The effect was much more pronounced with red wine than white.
What else might red wine be good for? 
Pour yourself a glass and read on:
1. Red wine may promote heart health.
Studies suggest that a compound in red wine called resveratrol may function as an antioxidant, lowering cholesterol levels and staving off blockage in heart vessels. The result: a lower risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.
2. It may reduce men’s risk of developing prostate cancer.
Research published in “Harvard Men’s Health Watch” found that men who drank an average of four to seven glasses of red wine a week were half as likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer as those who didn’t drink the stuff at all.
3. Drinking a bit of red wine on the regular could keep the blues away.
Last year, a study published in the journal “BMC Medicine” found that people over 55 who drank a glass of alcohol a day were less likely to be depressed than those who drank more or less. One possible explanation: resveratrol may have neuroprotective properties.
4. Even if you eat a ton, red wine might add years to your life.
A 2006 Harvard study found that mice on a high-calorie diet lived longer when they consumed resveratrol. (This one’s like having your cake and eating it, too.)
5. It goes so well with your food. 
The Mediterranean Diet, which experts say is one of the healthiest out there, is all about drinking a glass of red wine with dinner every night.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Our Fernet Challenge Coin

By throwing down your challenge coin, you are announcing your bet that your buddy doesn’t have his. 

If he cannot produce his, he’s buying. 

But if he does, the round is on you.

Fernet Branca Challenge Coins | Vegas Seven

When it comes to bitter liquors, none elicits such fierce loyalty as Fernet Branca

It has a strong bitter-herbal-licorice flavor that can be a turn-off to many. 

In San Francisco, it’s a bartender’s drink of choice. 

In Argentina, it is the most popular beverage hands-down, 


You’ve wrapped everything from hot dogs to tater tots in bacon, but now it’s time to wrap your head around a new way to use your favorite cured meat: in a happy hour drink.


After a long day’s work in front of a computer or in meetings, it’s always nice to unwind with friends and a strong drink. Oh, who are we kidding? 

It’s never just one drink, and the next thing you know, it’s two in the morning. 



10) Kentucky Derby Mint Julep — Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, Ky. ($1,000): This longtime Kentucky Derby tradition is served in a silver Tiffany & Co. glass. Woodford Reserve bourbon is mixed with Moroccan mint, sugar from the South Pacific and ice that is supposedly from the Arctic Circle.
9) Original Mai Tai — Merchant Hotel, Belfast, Northern Ireland ($1,270): This Polynesian drink was said to be created in 1944 at the famed Emeryville, Calif.-based Trader Vic’s restaurant. At the Merchant Hotel, the recipe is replicated using the same extremely rare J. Ray & Nephew’s rum. French Garnier Orgeat, Holland DeKuyper Orange Curacao, rock candy syrup, and fresh lime juice are added.
8) Platinum Passion — The Duvet, New York City ($1,500): Talk about blooming with flavor. The Platinum Passion is a mixture of Ruinart Champagne, syrup that uses an assortment of berries, passion fruit, honey and brown sugar, and L’esprit de Courvoisier (about $6,000/bottle). The drink is known for being served in a frosted Champagne flute garnished with an orchid.
7) Ritz-Paris Sidecar — Bar Hemingway, Hotel Ritz-Paris, France ($1,670): The Hotel Ritz-Paris is considered to be the founder of sidecar cocktails. This drink is comprised of Cointreau and lemon juice with Cognac that was bottled between 1830 and 1870.
6) Sapphire Martini — Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Conn. ($3,000): This one’s sure to be a winning pick. The pricey blue drink is a mix of Bombay Sapphire gin, dry vermouth, orange-flavored liquor dyed blue, and blended with blue sugar surrounding the rim of the glass. The most delicious part? Each glass comes with a set of sapphire and diamond earrings.
5) Macallan Single Malt Whiskey — Skyview Bar, Bur Al Arab, Dubai ($4,000): There are approximately 420 bottles remaining of the 55-year-old Macallan single malt scotch, and the Skyview Bar has the 287th bottle. No further elaboration necessary.
4) Diamond Cocktail — Sheraton Park Hotel, London ($4,350):Japan’s Ritz-Carlton in Tokyo is home to the No. 1 cocktail on this list, however, London isn’t too far behind with its own variation. In addition to its distinct flavor, this drink is known for the stone placed at the bottom of the glass — buyers can choose between a diamond or ruby. It uses a blend of expensive cognacs, Charles Heidsieck Vintage 2001 Champagne, Remy Louis Martin XIII cognac, Angostura bitters, and a sugar cube. Price may vary depending on the size and quality of the gem.
3) Martini on the Rock — Algonquin Hotel, New York City ($10,000): Before you hop in the car and head to New York City, it’s important to know that one must schedule a consultation with the hotel jeweler for the diamond, which will be added to the drink, and make a reservation 72 hours in advance. Price varies depending on the size of the stone.
2) Ono Champagne Cocktail — Encore, Wynn, Las Vegas ($10,000): This drink is served in a jewel-encrusted glass with an 18-karat gold necklace. It is made with 1981 Charles Heidsieck Champagne, Louis XIII Black Pearl cognac that costs up to $90,000/bottle, fresh orange juice, Sence rose nectar, apricot and two ice cubes.
1) Diamond is Forever — Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo, Japan ($18,000):As noted on Page 1 of this section, the Diamond is Forever consists of Grey Goose with a lime twist, poured over a one-carat diamond. There have been just a handful sold to date. Who’s next in line?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Downtown L.A. has been getting more love than usual, not just from Angelenos but the rest of the nation. 

And amazingly it continues to grow and develop. 


There are many things you should do in life, but drinking these 25 cocktails should definitely be high up that bucket list.
By the time you've reached the end not only will you have sampled some of the best drinks this world has to offer, but you'll have travelled, made friends, made your taste buds dance and you'll have some incredible (if a little patchy) tales to tell.


When asked about the secret to longevity, Kay responded without hesitation: "a glass of rye (whisky) every night."


Up in Smoke

For almost 50 years, celebs flocked to Elaine’s, the legendary Upper East Side restaurant immortalized in both song and film until it closed in 2011. In 2013; however, New York restaurateurs Michael and Susy Glick of Parlor Steakhouse decided to take on the space and reopen it as The Writing Room.


AKA:  Polar Bear  in the Ice Cube Syndrome

Monday, February 24, 2014



Pairing whisky with food is an elegant way of serving a contemporary meal. It’s also sexy, since one has to take a slow sip of the drink between delicate bites to enjoy the flavors.


Today more than ever, vodka drinking is considered multifaceted and nuanced. According to Louis Aceves, General Manager of Las Vegas-based Red Square, there is a distinct difference between the way Russians and Americans enjoy this distilled, smooth, grain-neutral beverage.
He says, "For Russians, it is culturally acceptable to drink Vodka every day, while Americans view it as more of a social activity and typically indulge in Vodka for special occasions and in the evening while hanging out with friends. Traditionally, Russians drink vodka straight, cold and not shaken or mixed. In fact, some of our Russian customers actually prefer to drink it with tomato juice."
Most experts agree that each vodka brand and type has a certain texture and level of smoothness, and encourage those sipping this clear elixir to focus on several senses, including sight, smell and taste.
A number of bars and lounges throughout the U.S. specialize in serving vodka, and these are some of the most popular:


Scotch can be smoky as a cigar or smooth as fresh spring water. It is meant to drink straight or with just a splash of water, but more on that later. 
Like wine, it ranges in quality and price. 
A blended whisky can be relatively inexpensive when compared to single malt Scotch, such as Glenlivet and Glenfiddich, that has seasoned in toasted wooden barrels for upwards of 18 to 20 years.
Let’s start this primer with the basics.
Scotch whisky can only be made in Scotland. 
While distilleries are popping up in North America and even Japan, these spirits are Scotch in name only. 
Scotch is made with two ingredients — malted barley and water. 
Single malt whisky is produced by one specific distillery and has not been mixed with whisky from any other distilleries.
Flavor comes from a variety of sources. 
Barley seeds are soaked in water until they germinate and then are spread out on a flat surface to dry. 
When the germination has stopped, the seeds are toasted in a kiln. 
Traditionally the kilns were fired by peat.



Holistic Hangover Remedies
  • B-Complex Vitamin: Before bed, helps get the cells active and increases energy production helping eliminate the alcohol faster
  • Milk Thistle: Before bed, helps clear the liver.
  • Magnesium: Before bed, it is believed that some of the hangover related symptoms are in part due to magnesium depletion.
  • Ginger Tea: Settles the stomach
  • Lemon in the armpits (you read that right): Helps reduce sweating and so decreases dehydration headaches.
  • Coconut water: Amazing for re-hydration, nature’s sport’s drink.
  • WATER!!! Lots and lots of water! (and throw in some sea salt too to replenish electrolyte minerals)
  • Nux Vomica: It has the ‘vom’ in it so you know it’s good. This homeopathic, available at most health food stores is believed to be the best hangover cure ever. Symptoms helped by Nux Vomica include headaches, nausea and oversensitivity to noise, light and drafts.

Sunday, February 23, 2014


Let’s face it, it’s hard seeing the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise when we’re always going out for some drinks with friends. 

Beer is filling and full of carbs, mixed drinks are too sugary, and wine… well, these are nights of debauchery. 

How can we drink our alcohol and have flat stomachs too?


A new study has revealed red wine and dark chocolate not only taste great, but also have heart-healthy components.
Red wine contains resveratrol, which has been found to lower blood sugar and LDL or "bad" cholesterol. 
It also is a source of catechins, which can help improve HDL or "good" cholesterol and polyphenols, which may prevent the formation of toxic plaque that leads to Alzheimer's disease.
Dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 70 percent or higher is rich in flavonoids, which help prevent the buildup of plaque in the arteries. 
It also boosts the immune system and contains cancer-fighting enzymes.


Derek Brown
Bartender/Owner – Mockingbird HillEat the RichSouthern Efficiency
Washington, D.C.
Egg drop soup. Walk up and down stairs. Ibuprofen. Go back to sleep. I have a little crappy Chinese store around the corner. That's it. Otherwise, I'm always stocked with Gatorade and ibuprofen.
Gary Crunkleton
Bartender/Owner – The Crunkleton
Chapel Hill, NC
A Mountain Dew and a Mr. Goodbar is my remedy. I also recommend staying hydrated while drinking.
Neal Bodenheimer
Bartender – CureBellocqCane & Table
New Orleans, LA
A bottle of Underberg Bitters does wonders. Or a good dose of Angostura bitters—an ounce—with some soda and a dash of lemon. Plus, a Company Burger.
The Thunder and Lightning cocktail from the Savoy Cocktail Book will usually set you straight, too. 
Thunder and Lightning
1 egg yolk
1 tsp. powdered sugar

2 oz. brandy
Cayenne pepper, for garnish
Combine egg yolk, sugar, and brandy. Shake well, strain into a glass, and top with a dash of cayenne. 
Zach LynchHangover cures
Bartender – The Ice Plant
St. Augustine, FL
My hangover cure is super simple: Fernet Branca. Just a shot of that by itself, or mixed in coffee, seems to do the trick.
Jeff “Beachbum” Berry
Tiki expert
New Orleans, LA
If you can't get out of bed, don't. Remain inert until you pass out again. If you can manage the impossible journey from supine to upright, stumble to the nearest diner and eat a big breakfast with lots of coffee. My preferred remedy is the Oysters Rockefeller Omelet at The Old Coffeepot in the French Quarter.
Greg Best
Bartender – Formerly at Holeman & Finch Public House
Atlanta, GA
When at first I open my swollen eyes on the following morning, I drink a large cup of water with a side of two Motrin IB pellets. Then it's back on the pillow for 20-30 minutes until the Motrin lends the strength to stand, followed by the ingestion of 2-3 scrambled eggs dusted in cracked pepper and veiled in melted American cheese with a pamplemousse La Croix.
Paul Calvert
Bartender – Paper Plane
Atlanta, GA
Honestly, the only cure is time. I also lean heavily on the following: water, a salty, fatty breakfast, running, sex. I never drink booze the day after; there's something inescapably depressing about a cul-de-sac.
Charlie Papaceno
Bartender – Windmill Lounge
Dallas, TX
Here's my approach: A big, greasy cheeseburger accompanied by an ice cream float made with Manhattan Special Espresso Soda and any premium ice cream. Following all that with some hair of the dog is not a bad idea, either. Just a wee nip of say, Fernet Branca?
Kathleen Purvis
Food editor – The Charlotte Observer
Charlotte, NC
For every sip of wine, take a sip of water. If you’re on the town, make sure that your server fills your water glass as often as your wine glass. 
Miles Macquarrie
Bartender – Kimball House
Atlanta, GA
I'll usually drink a Coca-Cola classic instead of coffee if I'm really hungover. Then I will go and get two hot dogs or a cheesesteak at this little hot dog joint near Kimball House called Skip's Chicago Dogs.
Doug Atwell
Bartender – Rye
Baltimore, MD
Shakes on a Plane
1 ounce Angostura bitters
3/4 ounce John D. Taylor's velvet falernum
Place room temperature ingredients into a shot or rocks glass.
The bitters, a classic hangover cure, are perfect for soothing an agitated system, and the sweetness of the falernum helps the medicine go down.