Posts Tagged ‘Arak’


It’s Spring, Ignore the Crappy Weather

April 12, 2013


We had a glimpse of spring earlier this week so despite the crappy weather outside, I’m rolling with sunny evenings filled with refreshing cocktails for now on. I don’t care if it’s pouring outside either, it’s outdoor drinking season in my mind, so who’s with me?

So with the season swapping agreed upon, I’m eying up a few new purchases to refresh our liquor collection a bit. And I’m asking you all for some help. I’ve got room for one more bottle (yes, we have a seriously intense liquor collection) so I’m leaving it up to you all to decide what I buy. Of course, with that comes a series of spring related cocktail recipes coming soon so it’s like choose your own adventure…and who doesn’t love a little choose your own adventure.

Oh, and you need another reason to spend that little extra clicking energy to cast your vote. If you get in on the action, you are automatically qualified for the next Nobler giveaway contest starting next week with a bottle of my latest batch of bitters as the winner’s prize! Happy Spring everyone!


Nikki Katsikas at the Louis B James Gallery

September 10, 2012

Kurosawa and his Cast, 2012; oil on canvas; 8 x 10

I typically prefer to get my cultural exposure in liquid form: some Arak in Israel, a cup of Gl├╝hwein in Germany, or an Imperial in Costa Rica. But every once in a while I find myself immersed in the art world, and thank god I normally have Nikki Katsikas to guide me through it. Last night marked the opening of her new solo show at the Louis B. James gallery on the LES where she is showcasing some of her newest and to me, some of her most exciting pieces. Considering I prompted this discussion with a little art self-belittling, I won’t bore you with my attempts at describing Nikki’s style, inspiration, and what not. Instead, I’ll suggest you plan on making a trip down to Rivington and Orchard to check it out for yourself! If you are lazy or otherwise unable to see it in person, take a look at Nik’s website here.

Congrats Nik!


Arak and Yogurt

July 16, 2012

I just had one of the more interesting cocktails of my life…

Midway through one of the more delicious meals I’ve had, in possibly the most unique city in the world, Jerusalem, out came 5 shot glasses full of a sort of cloudy looking concoction. My naive brain immediately assumed coconut water but I wasn’t even close. Arak and Yogurt is like the Arabian pickle back but with some serious class. Is that offensive?

But anyway, the reason I compare it to the pickle back is that the same principles apply (at least in terms of flavors). The tangy yogurt (in this case I believe it was watered down) cuts the alcohol in the Arak but pairs perfectly with the Anise flavor which isn’t normally my favorite. I’d have a million of these if I could. So damn good.

And the Arak story only gets more interesting. I was doing some research before I posted and the spirit has a really unique characteristic. That cloudiness wasn’t only from the yogurt itself but rather the anise essential oil, anethole, which is soluble (dissolves in) alcohol but not in water. Chemistry and booze! Two of my favorite things!

I think I may bring a bottle of this back to the states to mess around with further. Any Arak drinkers out there?


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