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Rules Should Be Broken Sometimes

August 16, 2018

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He had vowed long ago never to ask a bartender to "surprise" him. He had also vowed never to smoke again. The sweet drifting scent of cured Virginia tobacco that followed him into the bar proved he had a problem keeping his vows.

Being a simple drinker he liked to keep things easy: gin when the sun was up and . . .

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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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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 The Sidecar is My Second Favorite Cocktail

Shotgun!

January 28, 2018

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This may be my second favorite cocktail but I do not think I have ever admitted that to anyone except my best drinking friend Eric Farrell. We had stayed up all night after Saturday's bar service and went for breakfast and I enjoyed this very cocktail at nine in the morning on a Sunday (sugar rim and all) garnished . . .

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The White Lady Will Make You Fall in Love With Gin

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October 16, 2017

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If you substitute Gin for Cognac in a sidecar and leave the sugar rim off and you have a White Lady. Sometimes referred to as a gin sidecar it is a fantastic drink to start off your night. I like to make this drink on the smaller side and drink it fast. This drink for whatever reason has always been a favorite of mine. I . . .

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Why Triple Sec is the New Curaçao

But it doesn't really matter

March 02, 2016

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Orange Liqueur

You know what I am talking about, Triple sec or Curaçao if you like to sound fancy! The stuff that Chili's has been up charging us for in our giant sugar town presidential margaritas for years. Originally produced on the island of Curaçao in the Caribbean Sea, it is a liqueur (pronounced like . . .

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