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It Was A Few Minutes Before Five

August 06, 2018

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It was a few minutes before five and there was an open seat at the bar. He hated sitting at a table so the tall vacant chair was a welcome sight. The seat had held his weight many times before.

A round leather circle slid across the marble toward him. The affable bartender pinned the coaster to the surface with a glass of . . .

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Time Is The Most Overlooked Cocktail Ingredient

Carbro from 3 Bottle Bar

July 19, 2018

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These days we stop for nothing. Go-go-go. The emails never stop. Twitter never stops. Instagram never stops. The subway runs 24/7. I can grab a Slurpee at any time ever. What do you stop for?

I like to stop for the cocktail.

The ritual and the rite of making a drink can almost stop time dead in its tracks because . . .

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It's Amazing What You Can Make With These Three Bottles

The home bar trifecta

July 18, 2018

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To cut to the chase, I am talking about making the bedrock of your home bar a bases-loaded collection of gin, whiskey and white wine.

I recently picked up a little book called 3 Bottle Bar by H.i. Williams after it was mentioned in Everyday Drinking by Kingsley Amis, one of my favorite books on our favorite subject. (I . . .

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Garbage In, Garbage Out

July 17, 2018

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Now more than ever we should be paying attention to the things we put in our bodies. There are differences in the quality and legitimacy of the many products on the shelf today. With so many fly-by-night bottles littering the bars and liquor stores you have to be careful who you trust to point you in the right direction.

As . . .

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Find A Bartender Who Knows How To Fit You

Don't order off the rack. Get measured!

July 16, 2018

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The bartender and the tailor are both noble trades. They have tons in common and much that they could teach each other.

For those of you who can't find clothes that fit right, get a tailor! A tailor is a person whose occupation is making fitted clothes such as suits, pants, and jackets to fit individual customers.

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A Weak Drink Can Make You Stronger

July 09, 2018

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There used to be a time when I could drink more than I could today. Now if I have a drop too much I am in for a world of hurt the next day. It may not even be apparent when I go to bed. No slurring or common actions of inebriation.

One thing I have begun to enjoy are weak drinks. I am not talking about the . . .

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Playlist: Summer Shade 2018

and a few choice records

July 06, 2018

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I put all the tracks I have been listening to this summer on a Spotify playlist to try and keep everyone in the shade. Playlist Here.

Works great running through it all at once (or shufflin'). When the tracks get old I like using it as the starter to create a radio station that can play all day with new stuff.

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