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What Happened to the Rusty Nail?

Nothing...you just haven't ordered one yet

March 15, 2018

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One of my favorite night caps is a long pour of Single Malt Scotch. Sometimes however I feel like sweetening it up. In that case I grab a blend over ice and top it off with the honeyed and spiced Drambuie. The Rusty Nail as it is called now has been around for ages. The Rat Pack was usually seen with a round of Rusty Nails . . .

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How the Best Cocktail I Ever Made Had Three Ingredients

Workers On The Tracks

March 12, 2018

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This cocktail is my favorite of the ones I have created. Gary “Gaz” Regan even named it one of the best cocktails of 2016. I appreciate Billy Helmkemp’s (The Whistler) persistence for pushing me to submit it for review. If first appeared on a menu at the Berkshire Room (15 E. Ohio, Chicago) and I wrote about it when I was . . .

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Why a 30 Minute Cocktail With My Wife is the Key to Unplugging

March 09, 2018

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From the second I wake up my phone is trying to get my attention. It buzzes, flashes, beeps, and even whistles at me from time to time. It never stops even as I attempt to put pen to paper. Phone calls, emails, texts, tweets, likes, downvotes etc. As enticing as it would be to know The 15 Reasons Why I Didn't Sleep . . .

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How the Pegu Club Came To Be and Inspired an Award Winning Bar

From Rangoon to NYC

February 15, 2018

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This drink dates way back to 1920 and hails from a private British officers club of that name that was located in city of Rangoon (now Yangon) in Burma (now Myanmar). The club was for men only and about 40 years after its erection (budumcha!) introduced the Pegu Cocktail named after the Pegu River. If I am wrong on that . . .

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Why The Boulevardier Would Beat an Old Pal in a Fight Any Day

In the left corner...

February 14, 2018

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Two quick drinks to touch on before going forward would be the Old Pal and the Boulevardier. The Old Pal predates the Boulevardier with its first appearance in ABC’s of Mixing Cocktails by Harry MacElhone and that was printed in 1922 I believe. The Boulevardier shows up in his next book Barflies and Cocktails in 1927.

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How I Make the French 75

FYI: I drink it over ice

February 10, 2018

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When I think brunch I think of course about le Canon de 75 modèle 1897. Don't you? I also think about how long the line is going to be over at Lula Cafe on a Saturday morning. After mulling it over and deciding to stay home I make sure have eggs, bacon, and a bottle of bubbles in the fridge. I put on my favorite French . . .

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Why I use Multiple Rums in The Exotic Mai Tai

Living Bottles!

February 09, 2018

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I couldn't take the Chicago cold so I booked a flight down to Florida for the weekend and I thought this was the best drink the represent my feelings!

The king of rum drinks and my personal favorite of the Tiki universe is the Mai Tai. It should be everyone's favorite rum drink! Have a few and everything . . .

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