What do cocktails and cologne have in common? Both are careful concoctions designed to delight our senses, and in different ways, to intoxicate. Beyond my passion for these elixirs, one for the palate and the other for the nose, they are connected as expressions of masculinity and refinement.
I’ve been gratified to find that people entrenched in either world — that of spirits or that of fragrances — immediately grasp the connection between the two. When I had the pleasure of meeting cocktail writer and historian David Wondrich, a friend explained this blog to him. “Ah, botanicals,” he said, getting it right away. It isn’t a coincidence that the makers of Bombay Sapphire gin commissioned a perfume using the same ingredients. Nor that many perfumers moonlight as mixologists.
This blog is a place for writing about both. I’ll be covering men’s colognes and drinks (and occasionally other things, like wine), adding recipes, reviewing bars and books, and interviewing interesting people.
I won’t always make the connection between cocktails and cologne explicit, but it’s there in the background whenever I describe the taste of a good drink, trying to explain how it is I could taste chocolate in an obscure Chinese tonic wine, or realize that a fragrance is so bewitching I can almost taste it.
With any luck, I’ll find a drinkable cologne in the process.
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