Review: The North American Whiskey Guide From Behind The Bar

November 27, 2014
The North American Whiskey Guide from Behind the Bar

If 2014 wasn’t whiskey’s year, it wasn’t for lack of trying. It seemed like everyone was drinking whiskey, from old Uncle Harold down to the hipsters at the latest trendy bar. For cocktail fans weary of the never-ending parade of vodkas in increasingly off-the-wall flavors, this has been a relief. At the same time, this […]

What is barley wine? Prepare to be surprised by this traditional strong beer.

September 28, 2014
Old Mesphisto barley wine

Beer and wine have been competing for, well, ages. It’s a friendly rivalry, but a rivalry just the same, going back centuries. But it’s a rivalry that’s been useful far beyond quibbling about the relative merits of either drink. No, this is a rivalry that sparked a beer style. The terms “barley wine” or “malt […]

A grown-up option for National Lemonade Day

August 20, 2014
Make the Hendrick's Cucumber & Lemonade cocktail

Summer is winding down, but it’s still plenty warm enough to enjoy a tall cold glass of lemonade. With that being the case, isn’t it a lovely coincidence that August 20 is National Lemonade Day? And as another coincidence, TheBeerLady happens to have a perfect recipe for the grown-ups to celebrate the day. Oh, sure, […]

Celebrate Rum Day 2014 with the Bloody Jerry cocktail

August 16, 2014
Bloody Jerry Cocktail

If you find yourself identifying with Captain Jack Sparrow when he laments, “But why is all the rum gone?” then this is the day for you. August 16th is National Rum Day, an opportunity tailor-made to celebrate all things rum. Rum has a long and noble history dating back centuries. It helped the British Navy rule […]

A cocktail in a can?

May 2, 2014
The Jalapeno Mang-O-Rita (Photo used with permission)

Ah, but TheBeerLady is torn. The cocktail purist says that flavored cereal malt beverages (CMB) are an abomination. The beer geek says that nothing good can come of any company making its fortune from fizzy yellow mass market beer (FYMMB). And then there’s the practical and occasionally slightly lazy home bartender that says, “Doggone it, […]

Watermelon Slice Cocktail Recipe

July 17, 2013
(Photo: Simona Balint,

Summertime, summertime, sum-sum-summertime….now that song is stuck in your head, isn’t it? Sorry about that – maybe a replacement thought is in order. How about watermelon? Mmmm, watermelon. It’s almost synonymous with summer, isn’t it? A nice cold slice of sweet, juicy watermelon can cool off even the hottest afternoon. Grab it with both hands […]

Meet Miss Belle

May 22, 2013
(Photo: walknboston, CC-by-sa-2.0)

Faithful readers know that TheBeerLady is fascinated with the stories behind the cocktails. There are cocktails that may or may not be named after a famous personage, cocktails created for contests, classic cocktails with long and storied histories, recent inventions that became instant classics. There’s probably more than a few cocktails with stories better than […]

Prepare for warm weather with the Russian Clover cocktail

May 20, 2013
Photo of limes muddled in a glass.

There are some types of drinks that just seem to go best with certain seasons – whiskeys in the fall, or toddies when winter hits. When the weather heats up, it’s the tall light cocktails that take center stage. This makes tonic water one of your best friends for summertime cocktails (club soda is another, […]

Rhubarb Cordial

May 19, 2013

Rhubarb Cordial (via Food 52) Every Monday and Wednesday, we’ll announce a new Wildcard winner: a recipe that may not have been entered in (or won) a contest, but a recipe that we’ve tested and loved. WHO: eatboutique lives in New England and is the woman behind WHAT: The best way to savor the season […]