The Iconic Spirits Blog

Return of the Blender Cocktail

January 25, 2012

Tags: Blender cocktails, Trader Vic's, El Floridita, Frozen Daiquiri, Pina Colada, Frozen Margarita

Almost immediately after Steven Poplawski invented the blender in 1922, visionary individuals began using it to prepare cocktails. The practice achieved worldwide popularity, and there was a time when a drinking establishment was not taken seriously if it didn’t display a blender on the bar.
The blender craze reached its peak in the wave of “Polynesian” restaurants that swept America after World War II. (more…)

Four Roses Bourbon

January 18, 2012

Tags: Bourbon, Four Roses, Mint Julep

Four Roses Bourbon is frequently touted as an example of a spirit that was “lost and rediscovered,” but it never really vanished. Seagram’s, in its infinite wisdom, decided to pull the product off the U.S. market in the 1950s to concentrate on selling blended whiskey here. Four Roses went from America’s most popular Bourbon to the best-selling Bourbon in Asia, while a Four Roses blended whiskey of dubious quality was sold in the U.S. for the next forty years. (more…)

Sambuca Molinari

January 11, 2012

Tags: Sambuca, Sambuca Molinari, Via Veneto cocktail, Genoa cocktail, Zambeer cocktail

Virtually every culture has an anise-flavored spirit that forms an important part of its social fabric. Greece prides itself on Ouzo; France produces Anisette, Absinthe, Pastis and Pernod; Turks drink Raki, while Arak is the favorite among the other (and supposedly abstemious) countries of the Middle East. Italy’s pride and joy is Sambuca, and one brand stands above the rest: Molinari. (more…)

The First cocktail Trend of 2012

January 4, 2012

As the New Year dawns, we find ourselves wondering exactly what the hot cocktail trends will be in 2012.
Remember last year’s top cocktail trends---vinegar cocktails, and barrel-aged cocktails? Of course you don’t. For a number of reasons, they were both stupid ideas. In the first case, who wants to go to a bar to drink a glass of vinegar? (more…)

The First Cocktail Trend of 2012

January 4, 2012

Tags: cocktail trends; soup cocktails; barrrel-aged cocktails; vinegar cocktails

As the New Year dawns, we find ourselves wondering exactly what the hot cocktail trends will be in 2012.
Remember last year’s top cocktail trends---vinegar cocktails, and barrel-aged cocktails? Of course you don’t. For a number of reasons, they were both stupid ideas. In the first case, who wants to go to a bar to drink a glass of vinegar? (more…)