08/31/18 5:55am

The Tom Collins. (Credit: Joe Coleman)

The Collins template of drinks spans all spirits — the most notable being the “Tom Collins.”

The father of American cocktails, Jerry Thomas, once described the gin based cocktail as, “a sparkling lemonade spiked with a healthy dose of the juniper spirit.”

I remember being very young and hearing my grandmother ask for a Tom Collins at a family party. When I started making variations of the drink as a bartender that memory flooded back and really made me think about the drink. (more…)

07/20/18 6:00am

The London Mule. (Credit: Joe Coleman)

Traditionally, cocktails that combine a spirit, citrus and either ginger ale or ginger beer are referred to as “bucks.” And when vodka was introduced to the American market the drink was cleverly pitched as the alliterated “Moscow Mule.” (more…)

07/02/18 5:55am

Joe Coleman and other mixologists walk us through how to make a perfect margarita at home. (Credit: David Benthal)

It’s hard to pinpoint the origin of the margarita. The tequila cocktail has been served in many forms, from frozen concoctions to a sickly sweet mix of heavy-handed triple sec.

But North Fork mixologists are here to tell you the perfect margarita is, in one word, simple — both in terms of ingredients and ease when it comes to mixing up a batch at home.  (more…)