The Knife Tank Cocktail

A few months ago I backed a Kickstarter project by Elliot Blake which aimed to produce 100 custom cocktails, based on suggestions by the backers. For my reward, I requested a cocktail featuring Fernet as a key ingredient. The end result is a cocktail called “The Knife Tank”, inspired by my series of Knifetank games.

The Knife Tank Cocktail

The cocktail is smooth and well balanced. I’m a huge Fernet-Branca fan, but it sounds like Elliot isn’t… which is probably what makes him the perfect person to design this cocktail. I’d just be like “Pour some Fernet over ice, stir and serve!” but Elliot came up with something everyone would like. 

With Elliot’s permission, I’m reposting the recipe below:

  • 1 oz Rittenhouse 100-Proof Rye Whiskey
  • 1 1/2 oz Amaro Averna
  • 1/4 oz Fernet Branca 5 or 6 mint leaves
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

In the bottom of a mixing glass, gently muddle the mint leaves with the whiskey, reserving one mint leaf for garnish. Add ice, Averna, Fernet Branca, and bitters, and stir until cold. Strain into a coupe and garnish with mint leaf.

The Knife Tank Cocktail

Be sure to follow Elliot on Twitter and keep an eye out for his full book of cocktails, coming sometime this year maybe?


Return of the PopCast Yo-Yo Vlog

After ten long years, PopCast is back! PopCast is my yo-yo vlog (video blog) that I started running in 2007. Looking back at all the old episodes, I felt really proud of how fun and entertaining they were. So I decided it was time to start making them again. Here is the first new episode:

I’d like to keep making these videos and, over time, improve the production quality with better lenses and gear. Running a small yo-yo shop doesn’t quite cover that, so I’ve decided to launch a Patreon page where people can help support the videos and get special deals and offers from

Become a Patron!


The Eye of the Beyolder

I put a little “spin” on a classic Dungeons And Dragons character. It’s a yo-yoing Beholder!

Eye of the Beyolder


PopCast, the world’s first yo-yo vlog series, may return

I’ve been thinking about diving back into the making yo-yo videos more often. Back in the day, I’d post a new yo-yo video for just about every new trick I made. I’d also do a pretty good job of documenting yo-yo contests, local meetups, and other silliness way before Youtube was a thing. Then I got to thinking about about PopCast, an old yo-yo video series that was mostly just me chatting in front of a camera and reviewing yo-yos or showing tricks. In retrospect, PopCast was probably the world’s first yo-yo vlog.

So recently, I decided to collect the early episodes into a Youtube playlist, which you can view here:

I’ve also been thinking about bringing them back with the help of backers on Patreon (or maybe Drip). That would help greatly towards buying new equipment and making time to record and produce. What do y’all think about the idea?