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Skip Your Backhand and Work on a Pitcher of Pimm's

The official drink of Wimbledon

June 04, 2018

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With Wimbledon coming up I felt it best to talk about the Pimm's Cup. Many sporting events have their own drink. Baseball games have cold beer. The Kentucky Derby has its Julep and Wimbledon has its Cup. The Pimm's Cup to be exact. This tasty summery long drink stems from a group of drinks classified as fruit cups . . .

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Know Your Enemy: The Fruit Fly

Fan them once and for all

May 31, 2018

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As bartenders we like educating not only ourselves but our guests on different spirits, cocktails, beers, wine, ageing processes, distillation, fermentation etc. When it comes to basic cleanliness and keeping fruit flies out of our bars (and out of our drinks) we are certainly uneducated.

At least once a week . . .

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What is a Classic Cocktail?

May 23, 2018

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A classic cocktail should be familiar like a pair of Chucks, brown loafers, or an always shined pair of black dress shoes. These are without a doubt staples that every guy should have in their closet. A modern cocktail, on the other hand, may or may not stand the test of time like the previously mentioned enduring footwear. I'll . . .

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I Mint to Post this Julep Recipe Yesterday

...but enough horsing around

May 06, 2018

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In order to avoid the mad dash to post about juleps yesterday I decided to hold back. It was also a day that comes around every couple of years when Cinco de Mayo falls on Derby Day. Cinco de Mayo of course being a celebration of the day Mexico beat France at the Battle of Puebla (1862) and The Kentucky Derby is the first . . .

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The Best Chicago Cocktail I Have Ever Had Was In Paris

And I didn't know it until I got back

May 04, 2018

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For the longest time, I have avoided the Chicago Cocktail. Mostly because I have never had a good one. It is one of those cocktails that you see on menus of newly opened places that have no soul. The new bar manager who was waiting tables a year before thought it was a good idea to dig this one out of his reprinted copy of . . .

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The Easy to Make and Hard to Forget Arrigo Park

The original cocktail of Logan Square

April 30, 2018

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This drink is not mine. A good friend and one of the owners of the Whistler, Billy Helmkamp, came up with this smooth sipping winner about ten years ago. I mentioned him last week on the blog when I was talking about bars that keep their sidewalks clean. Billy has been at it for a long time in the Windy City. If you get . . .

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Why Do Bars With Dirty Sidewalks Have Sticky Bar Tops?

Good service starts at the curb

April 24, 2018

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The way the sidewalk in front of your establishment looks says a ton about how you do business inside.

It isn't easy to keep the sidewalk clean. The sidewalks here in Chicago are a doozy. On these gritty paths I have seen mattresses, diapers, red panties, chicken bones, and enough broken glass to encapsulate a high . . .

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