Sazerac

I was discussing all things swell with a friend recently. He began to tell me a story of his quest for the best Sazerac he could find. He chose the right place to look for this historic drink, New Orleans. In his words: I have recently gotten hooked on a new cocktail, I made it my mission to find the best Sazerac in New Orleans. I took my mission so seriously that I do not remember much of the details, but I do know that if you’re looking to lose yourself in the Crescent City, the best way to do so is to start the night with a Sazerac. I highly suggest you pick up a bottle of rye, some Peychaud bitters, and a bottle of Herbsaint. You won’t regret it. Continue reading

Turkish Coffee

It seems that it wont be long and the weather will be getting cooler. it makes me think of one of my favorite drinks. Of course it doesnt have to be cool outside to drink turkish coffee, but it helps.Turkish coffee is a style of serving coffee. This style is found the world over, but has it origins in  in the Middle East, North Africa, the Caucasus, and the Balkans.
 
Turkish coffee is famed for the manner in which it is prepared. It is made using an ibrik, or a small coffee pot. Sugar and cardamom are added during the brewing process, not after, so there is no need for a serving spoon or stir stick. Cream or milk is never added to Turkish coffee, and the amount of sugar is optional. It is always served in a demitasse cup. When I was at a coffee house in Greektown Chicago I had a server offer to read my fortune. Apparently it is told by the pattern of the coffee grinds on the plate after you turn the cup upside down.  All it told me was that I was out of coffee. Continue reading