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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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Have a Gin & It in Remembrance of a Great Cocktail Pioneer

Martini, Sweet

February 02, 2018

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If you use sweet Italian (red) vermouth you can make a “sweet martini.” It is a lot better than it sounds. So good in fact that over time it was ordered as a Gin and Italian and that was slowly shortened to just a Gin and It. The great bartender, Sasha Petraske, loved this drink and it should be drank in memory of him. . . .

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My Take on the Famed Duke's Martini

The Luke's Martini

February 02, 2018

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This Martini is a slight variation of the famous Duke's Martini. If you are at The Dukes Hotel (35 St James's Place, London) and you ask for a Martini; it will come table side poured from a bottle of frozen gin. No bitters, just a dash of dry vermouth to "clean the carpet" and frozen gin. It will then . . .

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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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A Short and Sweet Recipe: The Bee's Knees

Buzzzzzz

January 22, 2018

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While we still have bees making honey you should try out a Bees Knees...and it is exactly that. A pretty simple variation on a gin sour style drink. There is a warmness and body added by the use of honey as a sweetener. Warning: Pediatricians recommend not serving honey to infants under a year old because it may contain . . .

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Stop Lighting Oranges on Fire and Just Enjoy the Damn Negroni

Also the Americano is pretty tasty too...

January 17, 2018

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While we are stirring drinks with Campari it would be heresy to not mention the Negroni. According to the books it was invented around 1919 at a cafe in Florence Italy by a guy named Count Negroni. Why we don't drink at cafes anymore baffles me. He wanted his Americano (recipe to follow) to be just a touch stronger and . . .

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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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