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How the Aviation Got Lift in the First Place

Bring on the Purple Stuff!

January 16, 2018

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The Aviation is an oldie that took flight again around the cocktail boom of the early 2000’s. Hugo Ensslin gets the credit for the creation of the drink. He was the lead barman at the Wallick Hotel located on the Southeast corner of Broadway and 43rd in Manhattan. It was originally the Cadillac Hotel but changed to the . . .

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Stop Making A Bad Bloody Mary and Do It This Way

Kingsley Amis Method

January 13, 2018

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The Bloody Mary only works when you make it in quantity and not at all when making one at a time. Luckily it is basically the base for a gazpacho and will keep in the fridge thanks to the booze for a bit. Kingsley Amis wrote down the best recipe I have ever tasted. It sounds like it will be bland but I promise you it is . . .

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How the Daiquiri Can Solve Your Worst Problems

Sunscreen Optional

January 12, 2018

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The hard to spell Daiquiri came about in a village named just that not far from Santiago de Cuba near the old Bacardi plant at the end of the 19th century. The water in the area was a touch dangerous for your health but boiling and a spot of rum helped to disinfect it. Of course hot rum water is not very appetizing and the . . .

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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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A Martini a Day Keeps Things Interesting

King of Cocktails

January 07, 2018

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The Martini is the quintessential cocktail and my personal favorite. It is so well known in fact that the glass vessel that contains one was even taken over by the name. Now anything that goes into a straight sided cocktail glass is a SOMETHING-tini. I say to drink whatever you like but if I am ordering a “tini” it will be . . .

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The Bronx Cocktail and Other Drinks I Don't Like

looking at you Bijou

January 02, 2018

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Another drink to toss your way would be the Bronx cocktail. Ranked at one time (1934) as the third most preferred cocktail in the States behind the martini and the manhattan, I feel as if I should mention it but I don't have a recipe worth giving you. If someone orders this drink I will try to stir them in a different . . .

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Can You Make My Manhattan Better Please?

The Queen of Cocktails

December 03, 2017

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The origins of this drink are hazy as most cocktail history is. Some say Winston Churchill's mom had it made for her or that it was named for the color of sewer water in the Borough of New York that shares its name. I have even heard that the area code of Manhattan being 2-1-2 is the perfect ratio of the drink but I . . .

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