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The Perfect Marriage Of Ingredients

August 09, 2018

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Shaking hands with everyone was becoming tiresome and he didn't know any of these people. The invite was a surprise when it came and he couldn't remember how he had actually met the happy groom. A class from college or an old client. It didn't matter he thought as he scanned the room. He somehow felt obligated to come . . .

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It Was A Few Minutes Before Five

August 06, 2018

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It was a few minutes before five and there was an open seat at the bar. He hated sitting at a table so the tall vacant chair was a welcome sight. The seat had held his weight many times before.

A round leather circle slid across the marble toward him. The affable bartender pinned the coaster to the surface with a glass of . . .

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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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Don't Forget About the Gimlet Like I did

Shaken or Stirred

June 05, 2018

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I use my blog as a personal Rolodex and journal for cocktails. I am constantly looking up things I have written to double check myself. It is easier than carrying a book around. I have also tweaked recipes after doing this for so long to dial them in exactly how I like them. The days of the "two-three . . .

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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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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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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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