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A Hot Toddy Tastes Better While Wearing a Pair of Sweatpants

November 27, 2018

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A long time ago he made a personal rule not to have a toddy unless there was an inch of snow on the ground. He, of course, made exceptions for a sore throat regardless of the forecast. A few more minutes of accumulation and he would be in the clear.

He placed a kettle on the stove and turned the fire on. While that got all . . .

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An Americano Before Dinner Sounded Like a Good Way to Kill an Hour

October 12, 2018

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It had been raining all day. He kicked off his soggy shoes the second he got the door open and decided then and there he would be staying in for the evening. There was no need to brave the elements and cooking dinner at home sounded nice.

There was a chicken in the fridge that would do well in the oven and throwing together . . .

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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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How to Add Pink Gin to Your Life

For Seasickness

February 03, 2018

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A simple drink that has been lost at sea for too long is the Pink Gin. You have a few choices here: bitters left in or bitters swirled and tossed. Also you can take it chilled or at room temp. The chilled version would be very similar to how Luis Buñuel took his Martini in a way.

The purists say it can only be . . .

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How to Let the Good Times Roll With a Sazerac

Laissez les bon temps rouler

February 01, 2018

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The Sazerac is the only stirred cocktail to rival the Martini. In all honesty, I think they could have been friends in another life. The worst one I have ever had was at the Sazerac Bar In the Grand Roosevelt Hotel located at 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA. I recommend pours of Guinness across the street at The Erin . . .

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The Pisco Sour and How to Make Other Egg White Drinks Better

Eggs are for texture not foam!

January 24, 2018

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The Pisco Sour is one of those drinks that can make a bartender cringe. The drink, aside from regular ingredients, involves cracking an egg and the ol’ dry shake. These techniques alone quickly put it into the “fancy” drink section of a menu.

Now, let me tell you how to improve your methods for a tasty egg white . . .

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How Champagne Cocktails Can Help You Live A Better Life

The Most Elegant

January 10, 2018

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I am sure you had a bottle of Champers out over the New Year (and it should really be way more often) so I hope you made a quick Champagne Cocktail. It is without a doubt the most elegant cocktail that can be made and that is coming from a Martini drinker. A friend of mine once recommended for me to take a long lunch . . .

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