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What is mixology?

March 17, 2012

Though this blog is mostly about showers found in various hotels around the world, it also has a sideline as a mixology blog. Some readers may not know what mixology is. Mixology is fancy pants bar tending and drink mixing with a focus on superior ingredients, careful measuring, fresh juices, and supremely interesting beverages.

I’ve been into mixology since I got the book Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails for Christmas three years ago. I had visited a few great bars before that (namely the overly pretentious Bourbon and Branch in San Francisco), but it was the book that really got me going. Since then I have collected a complete library of mixology books (some signed by the authors) and even started an index book of my own with mixing notes on several new house drinks.

If you are at all interested in mixology, buy the Vintage Spirits book. I’ve given away multiple copies to friends and family residing all over the planet. It’s a great gift, because you always get superb drinks back later from the grateful people you gave the book too.

After several thousand dollars of expenditures, the bar at my house is now world class. (For a picture see the Coal Stove Sink blog.) I guess having a case of OCD is helpful sometimes.

There are mixology tidbits sprinkled liberally throughout noplasticshowers, including drink recipes, bar reviews, and other trivia.

My favorite two drinks are the Liberal and the Corpse Reviver #2. My favorite two bars are drink in Boston and the alembic in San Francisco. But there are more drinks and more bars, including Village Whiskey and Ezra’s Star elsewhere on the blog.

Poke around, it’s worth it.

3 Responses to “What is mixology?”


  1. I enjoyed reading your blog and your perspective on mixology.


  2. […] enthusiast with many years of experience. Five years ago, my wife accidentally bought me the Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails book on a whim for Christmas. She created a monster. Her $40 investment has led to thousands of […]


  3. […] is not interesting, and neither is a cosmopolitan.) What discriminating travelers want is some serious mixology. Why? Because we care as much about a beautifully constructed beverage as we do about a gorgeous […]


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