The Cocktail Issue
While many bars tote “local ingredients,” it’s rare that a cocktail is made exclusively with them. Luckily, Southern Oregon has such a plethora of local food producers that it is actually possible. All it takes is a little innovation, minor tweaking and a little bit of extra time.
For the booze there are still a few Organic Nation bottles kicking around the valley and Immortal Spirits in Medford is also producing some … Read the rest
Larks at the Inn at the Commons
A golden anniversary hotspot like this must have a good cocktail. The martini is the sure way to go because you can’t honestly claim that you’ve never dreamt of dressing up as James Bond and ironically ordering his trademark drink. Plus, where else but the Inn at the Commons features a ‘20s speakeasy meets … Read the rest
The Pisco Challenge: Wading Into Controversy with a Blind Taste Test and a Headache the Morning After
For the uninitiated, Pisco is a popular liquor from South America made from grapes in a distilling process similar to brandy. It typically is in the 40 percent alcohol range and is made in both Peru and Chile.
More importantly, it’s a pissing match for the ages.
Chileans will tell you that only they have the “real pisco” since according to them it was invented in Chile. The Peruvians … Read the rest
While you can endlessly parse out the subtle flavor nuances in liquor, in a general sense, it’s pretty easy to pick a tasty one: pay a lot for a well-aged hooch.
It’s not quite as easy when you’re picking from the bottom shelf instead of the top. It’s a minefield of pending hangovers, drinks that could double as nail-polish remover and flavors that are your cue for a spit-take. However, working in … Read the rest
O.K., so it isn’t that simple, but pretty close.
The name “moonshine” most likely comes from the late 1700s to early 1800s in the Appalachian area where the drink was made at night, in an attempt to keep the illegal activity a secret. The term is still used today for some legal distilled alcohols for marketing reasons. Back in the day, many supported their families from making and selling illegal moonshine, … Read the rest