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It was a Simple Drink but it Always did the Trick on a Cool Night

October 25, 2018

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The plates had been cleared and it was time for dessert. When this part of the meal rolled around he usually ordered a black coffee and watched while everyone else cracked into their large crème brûlées. He wanted a liquid dessert and didn't like to share.

After sitting through a whole meal he needed to get up and move . . .

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An Americano Before Dinner Sounded Like a Good Way to Kill an Hour

October 12, 2018

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It had been raining all day. He kicked off his soggy shoes the second he got the door open and decided then and there he would be staying in for the evening. There was no need to brave the elements and cooking dinner at home sounded nice.

There was a chicken in the fridge that would do well in the oven and throwing together . . .

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This Was a Glass of Summer Over Ice

October 05, 2018

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He was early to dinner and needed to kill some time. The friend he was meeting had a taste for hooch even stronger than his own. Sneaking in the usual martini was out of the question for now. Tonight was all about defense. He needed to make sure aspirin wasn't on the menu for breakfast.

The bartender who looked to be . . .

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A Rusty Nail is a Dram of Scotch Wearing a Flannel Shirt

September 11, 2018

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Extra innings meant that he was on edge. She had been asleep since the stretch. He usually loved West Coast away games but September baseball carries a different weight when you are only a few games ahead. The announcers yammered on about great plays from the start of the season and how players had either blossomed or shriveled . . .

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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 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 Amari is the New Black

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March 02, 2016

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Amaro

Amaro translates very easily into bitter. Campari is actually an amaro but it is crucial enough to get its own section. You can drink these after dinner, or before, to stimulate the appetite and then help to settle the stomach. They have been used as a digestive aid forever and in cocktails they add a . . .

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