Showing posts from June, 2012

This and That

It has been a great couple of weeks here at MySideOfTheBar. We have attended a few events and spent some time in the lab trying new cocktails as well as sampling some great cigars. Here are just a few of the happenings from the last couple of weeks. A couple of weeks back we attended the Ashton Cigar Event – Challenge Your Palate at Fidel’s. This was far fromyour normal Cigar Event and I have had the pleasure of attending this event in the past. It is by ticket only and asyou present your ticket you receive a 3 stick sampler based on your taste in cigars, Mild/Medium, Medium or Rich Full Body. You also received a very nice Ashton ashtray, and you can never have enough ash trays. I choose the Full Body sticks for me and the Mild/Medium for Central Patti. The Professor, Central Patti and Bill from Ashton The host for this event was Bill Rectenwald of Ashton and Bill is without a doubt the most knowledgeable Cigar aficionado in the business today. He is very passionate about not only Ashton…


So, how many ways can you say cheers? Here are all I know and feel free to add yours!

To Your Health
Here's Looking Up Your Old Address
Here's To the Breezes.. (OK Screw that one)
Toast to you
Chukbae (Korean)
Leh-TAY-nah-chen  (to your health, Ethiopian) 
Health Wealth and Happiness

Oh, well Cheers
The Professor

MacArthur Punch

This is not a typical blog here at MySideOfTheBar, however since I have been doing more drinking that last few weeks and since there is a tie in to last week’s blog, Summer Cocktails, I thought this would be apropos. I have to admit I know the least about General MacArthur than I do any of the other Five Star Generals, however when I stumbled across this recipe I realized I had all the ingredients on had to mix one up.

MacArthur Punch
1.5 oz. Straight Rye Whiskey (I used Old Overholt)
1 oz. Dry Red Wine
.5 oz. Cherry Brandy ( I used Krischwasser)
.5 oz. Cointreau
2 oz. Orange Juice
1 oz. Lime Juice

Combine all ingredients with ice in a shakerand shake well. Strain into Collins or Rocks glass with cracked ice top with chilled soda water. Stir and Salute. The taste of this cocktail is the sum of all parts and is a nice refreshing summer drink. A little bitter and you can taste the wine, but still a drink I would make again. While researching this I found an interesting story on another Five Star…

Summer Cocktails

Yes summer is here with the passing of the first holiday weekend and schools being out I thought it was a good time to provide a few ideas for Summer Cocktails.

This is not the first post on this topic here at MySideOfTheBar and here is the link

The Good Ole Summer Time

To see other recipes

For this year’s drinks I wanted to have some that contain alcohol that you would normally not think of for your summer cocktail enjoyment. I know you are getting thirsty (at least I am) so here they are.

A Telling Tale

Recipe:2 oz. Four Roses Bourbon
1/2 oz. Campari
1/2 oz. Grenadine
7 Mint Leaves
1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
2 oz. Sparkling Wine Combine all indredients except the sparkling wine in a shaker and shake with ice. Strain into a ice filled glass (or not) and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with another mint leave
Brandy Cobbler

Recipe:2 oz. Cognac
1/2 oz. Water
3/4 oz. Raspberry Syrup
2 Slices Lemon
1 Raspberry Combine all ingredients in a shaker and fill with ice cubes. Shake vigorously to crush an…