Articles by Eric D. Anderson

Eric D. Anderson

Eric D. Anderson came to appreciate cocktails late in life and is trying to make up for lost time. He finds that crafting drinks involves the same precision, creativity, sociability, and ritual as baking—another passion—and believes that it brings people together in the same way. Eric is the director of Way of the Puck, a feature-length documentary about professional air hockey, and the editor of Stories of Quitting (storiesofquitting.com), an online collection of true stories that celebrate giving up. His writing has appeared in AGNI, Painted Bride Quarterly, Perigee, Giant Robot, and Wild Quarterly, among other publications. In his free time he works as a camera operator on commercials and motion pictures.


Melkon Khosrovian -- Greenbar Craft Distillery -- Co-Founder and Spiritsmaker
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Greenbar Distillery Interview

If you live in Seattle a craft distillery might not seem like a big deal—there are 24 to choose from. But if you live in Los Angeles, like us, you have nothing—or you had nothing, at least, until 2011 when Greenbar Craft Distillery ended a 95-year spirits-making drought for L.A. by moving downtown. The company’s story reads like a…

Adam & Eve Cocktail
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Adam and Eve

ADAM AND EVE 1 oz. gin (Bombay Dry) 1 oz. cognac (Hennessey) 1 oz. Forbidden Fruit (Rituals DIY) A few drops lemon juice Combine with ice; shake. Strain over ice.  It’s called this because of the FORBIDDEN FRUIT in the recipe, and though it seems like some kind of modified Negroni, we immediately question if our…

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Absinthe Cleanup thru the Adam and Eve

I arrive at Brian’s thinking how grateful his wife Amanda must be now that we have finished the cooking and bottling portion of the Rituals (at least for awhile). The ACADIAN MEAD is aging in his closet, sure, but it’s out of sight and out of mind. We’ll be using our homemade ANISETTE today and our DIY CRÈME…

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Time to Cook, Part 2

Previously on the Rituals: We rescued the ACADIAN MEADS, made two kinds of ANISETTE DE BORDEAUX, and started the FORBIDDEN FRUIT simulacrum. All five items have been sitting in my closet for a couple of weeks. I stop by every couple of days and swirl around the bits that have settled to the bottom. Somehow this…

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City Guide: Our 5 Fave Bars in New Orleans

After spending 3½ weeks working on a movie in New Orleans, I persuaded Brian to let me do a recap of my experiences here—because there were a lot of good ones! During this time I was able to visit 27 establishments; certainly not every bar in New Orleans but a good, obsessive chunk nonetheless. ­ In…

The Acapulco Cocktail: Pouring
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Acapulco

ACAPULCO 1 ¾ oz rum (Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum) ¼ oz triple sec (Pierre Ferrand Curaçao) 1 egg white ½ oz lime juice Sugar to taste Mint leaves Combine with ice; shake into pre-chilled glass. Strain. Add ice and top with one or two mint leaves, partially torn. This looks like a boozy rum sidecar…

Absinthe Suissesse -- Sludge!
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Absinthe Suissesse

ABSINTHE SUISSESSE 1 ½ oz. absinthe or a substitute (St. George) 1 egg white Several drops of anisette (Rituals DIY, brandy version) and white crème de menthe (Rituals DIY) A few drops of orange flower water (Fee Brothers) Combine with ice; shake well. Strain straight up. The ABSINTHE SUISSESSE is our final absinthe drink in…

Absinthe Cocktail
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Absinthe Cocktail

ABSINTHE COCKTAIL 1 ½ oz. absinthe or a substitute (Vieux Pontarlier) ¾ oz. water 1 tbs. anisette (Rituals DIY, brandy version) 1 dash orange bitters (Rituals DIY) Combine with ice, shake and pour over shaved ice. This is basically an anise-flavored drink with extra anise-flavored liquor added. It also uses three different kinds of water…

The Aberdeen Angus Cocktail
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Aberdeen Angus

ABERDEEN ANGUS 2 oz. Scotch (Famous Grouse) 1 oz. Drambuie 1 tbs honey 2 tsp lime juice Combine the Scotch and the honey; stir until smooth. Add the lime juice. Warm the Drambuie over a low flame, turn out on a ladle; ignite and pour into the mug. Stir and serve immediately. Eric has the highest…

The Abbey Cocktail Cocktail
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Abbey Cocktail

ABBEY COCKTAIL 1 ½ oz. gin (Bombay Sapphire) ¾ oz. orange juice ¼ oz. sweet vermouth (Punt E Mes) 1-2 dashes of Angostura bitters (Rituals DIY House Bitters) Combine with ice; shake. Strain, add ice, top with a cherry! This sometimes seems to be referred to as an Abbey Martini; it’s also related to the…

The Abbey Cocktail
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Abbey

ABBEY 1 ½ oz. gin (Bombay Sapphire) 1 ½ oz orange juice 1-2 dashes orange bitters Combine with ice; shake. Strain over ice; top with a cherry! From CocktailMusings.com: “Reminiscent of oranges, this drink is a mixture of juniper and orange flavors on the tongue, with slight other floral notes pulling through thanks to the…

A.J. Cocktail
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A.J.

A.J. 1 ½ oz. apple brandy (Laird’s Applejack, although Laird’s Apple Brandy might give it more kick) 1 ½ unsweetened grapefruit juice (from Eric’s tree) A few drops grenadine (Morgenthaler’s DIY) Combine with ice; shake well. Strain and add ice. Most modern versions of this recipe leave off the grenadine but Brian has made a…

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The New Optimism: A.J. thru Aberdeen Angus

Since the first few meetings were consumed with getting the dreaded A-1 PICK-ME-UP off the ground, we are tingly with excitement to get started on the first four cocktails after the A-1: the A.J., the ABBEY, the ABBEY COCKTAIL, and the ABERDEEN ANGUS. We will be mixing, and talking, and consuming, and comparing, and contrasting,…

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The A-1 Pick-Me-Up, Part 2: The Lunacy Begins

Brian steers his car into the Whole Foods parking lot and everyone turns to look. Something is wrong with the hubcap on the passenger side—something is smacking around repeatedly down there—and it sounds rather like horse’s hooves. Or coconuts being banged together. So we gallop into our parking space like the cavalry, which is what…

The A-1 Pick-Me-Up Cocktail
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A-1 Pick-Me-Up

 A-1 PICK-ME-UP 1 pint dark rum 1 lb. rock candy 1 doz. eggs 1 doz. lemons Squeeze the juice of the lemons into a crock pot; add the eggs broken in their shells. Cover with a damp cloth and allow to stand for several days (the shells will dissolve.) When ready strain through the cheesecloth…

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