Mefi Mixologists:
November 27, 2010 6:10 PM   Subscribe

Serious Drink? Looking for the best mixology blogs to a) educated and entertain me; and b) help me build my bartending skills.

I've just started to expand my non-wine & beer drinking horizons beyond gin & tonics and Manhattans. I'm a dedicated follower of cooking and food-related blogs (Serious Eats, The Kitchn, Smitten Kitchen, etc.), and I'm looking for the mixology equivalents. So far I've found Art of Drink and Jeffrey Morgenthaler, but there have to be others. So: Mefi Mixologists, what are you reading?

Bonus points if the recommended reading includes recipes/ideas for cocktail ingredients (syrups, bitters, etc.) I should be making myself.
posted by rebekah to Food & Drink (19 answers total) 58 users marked this as a favorite
Oof. Title should have been "Mefi Mixologists: What are you reading?"
posted by rebekah at 6:12 PM on November 27, 2010

Standard & Pours
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:20 PM on November 27, 2010 [1 favorite]

Are you only interested in mixology, or are you interested in blogs covering spirits in general? I enjoy Chuck Cowdery's American whiskey blog, though he only rarely discusses cocktails.
posted by enn at 6:21 PM on November 27, 2010

Mostly interested in mixology, though I do have a special fondness for whiskey....
posted by rebekah at 6:30 PM on November 27, 2010

American Drink is something you should be reading.
posted by andrewcilento at 6:47 PM on November 27, 2010 [1 favorite]

The Cocktail Chronicles has been a lovely resource for me.
posted by amelioration at 7:00 PM on November 27, 2010 [1 favorite]

Cocktail Hacker
posted by farawayfrom at 7:32 PM on November 27, 2010 [1 favorite]

posted by judith at 9:16 PM on November 27, 2010

Jamie Boudreau has a really good blog.
posted by neroli at 10:48 PM on November 27, 2010

Liqurious is a good site to check every once in a while. Lots of pretty drinks.
posted by NoraReed at 12:37 AM on November 28, 2010 [1 favorite]

The Cocktail Spirit on The Small Screen Network features terrific video. By far my favorite, but I'm looking forward to checking out some of the other suggestions here I've not read yet.
posted by LinnTate at 5:48 AM on November 28, 2010

I'm a cookbook editor and have worked on a few books with A.J. Rathbun -- we're working on a new one right now, in fact! A.J. has a huge breadth of knowledge about mixology, and really knows how to have fun. His website is at -- you'll find an extensive mixology blog roll in addition to his own blog, recipes, etc. His book GOOD SPIRITS is a great resource.
posted by wisekaren at 7:04 AM on November 28, 2010

I like 12 bottle bar.
posted by ms.v. at 9:12 AM on November 28, 2010

I like bibulous. Reviews of cocktail adjacent things like bar tools and such along with looks at off-beat/niche liquors and recipes for classic cocktails.
posted by macadamiaranch at 9:22 AM on November 28, 2010

posted by anildash at 2:50 PM on November 28, 2010

More niche blogs, but The Drunken Moogle has cocktails based off video games, and Jelly Shot Test Kitchen has some pretty neat stuff as well.
posted by Kattiara17 at 9:36 AM on November 29, 2010

Not a blog, but Chowhounds take liquor veeeery seriously. I highly recommend you sniff around the boards for cocktail threads--I've learned a ton about old school stuff as well as the Boston revival of late that way. That's also how I found Cocktail Virgin Slut and about the Fee Brothers bitters/orgeat/falernum craze (which made me proud--Fee's is based in my hometown).
posted by ifjuly at 11:56 AM on November 29, 2010

It's not a blog, but if there's a cocktail I want to learn how to make, the first thing I do is check whether there's a video of Chris McMillian making it on You Tube.
posted by chill at 5:16 AM on November 30, 2010

Lovely. Thanks, all!
posted by rebekah at 5:51 PM on December 27, 2010

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