Some cocktails are born from necessity, others from the love of the craft. The Negroni, however, seems to have been created from the desire to simply make a stronger drink to consume.
It was 1919 in Italy and one of the most popular cocktails was the Americano (comprised of Campari, vermouth, and soda). The Americano was light and refreshing; overall a great choice when dealing with the Italian summer heat. Count Camillo Negroni desired something more. After spending some time living in London, he became accustomed to the more potent nature of the spirits abroad. (more…)
Just like the Moscow Mule, sometimes cocktails are created to solve a problem rather than inspired by creativity or passion. There’s a saying that “necessity is the mother of invention”. This is exactly the case for a cocktail that became known as the Gimlet. (more…)
If you ask a bartender to list a couple of classic cocktails, the Manhattan is undoubtedly going to appear on or near the top. It’s iconic, despite being over a hundred years old, and still finds ways to make a showing on a large percentage of cocktail lists around the world. The Manhattan is also one of those drinks whose origin is murky at best and, quite often, a tall tale.
The Original Cocktail
What makes the Old Fashioned “old”? For hundreds of years, the drinking of distilled spirits was a relatively simple affair. Up until the 15th century, distilled spirits were almost exclusively used as a medicine and drunk ‘neat’ or without any additional ingredients (wines and beers were preferred for everything else). Spirits were just barely starting to be drunk for enjoyment during social events in the 17th century. (more…)
Gervasi Vineyard has been recognized as an award-winning, premier destination winery resort for over a decade. Known for their classical varietal wines, gourmet meals, luxury hotel and old-world, Tuscan-inspired villas. As you pull through the bronzed front entrance, you instantly feel the warmth of the magnificent Tuscan landscape.
Gervasi Vineyard is now devoting the same attention to detail and commitment to quality in its small batch spirits line. Gervasi has already made a splash in the glass with its Wine Barrel Bourbon, Small Batch Gin, Saint’s Desire Blood Orange (gin), Sinners Blush (rosé vodka), Small Batch Vodka and Wheated Bourbon. (more…)