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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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No Questions Asked: Add the Tom Collins to your Repertoire

and don't forget the Gin Buck

March 27, 2018

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With Baseball season right around the corner pull out a collins glass and let's run through the best day game companion save for light beer and sunflower seeds. This long drink at its simplest is gin with sparkling lemonade. Of course, the Old Tom Collins should be made with Old Tom gin but I assure you that a standard London . . .

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You Need to Know About These Two Margaritas

Two for One Margs!

March 16, 2018

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I have gone back and forth for years and years on the Margarita recipe I stand by. There are great ones out there all across the sweetness spectrum. Some call for lemon and lime. Some just call for one or the other. There are even some modern ones calling for Yellow Chartreuse. The thing with Margaritas is I am never . . .

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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 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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