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It Was a Perfect Drink for a Rainy Night in the Quarter

November 26, 2018

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The old gas lamps reflected off the shiny brick streets due to the on and off rain. It always rained around this time of the year down here he thought. His leather soles echoed down the narrow streets in rhythmic staccato slaps. He had undertaken the futile task of tracking down the umbrella he started the night with but currently . . .

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He Finished His Drink And Landed A High Proof Smooch

August 28, 2018

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He poured the last sip of wine for her and waltzed over to the small bar cart to see about a nightcap. Neither of them needed one, but the fireworks would be starting soon. They had been an unexpected surprise throughout the summer. An amenity he enjoyed far more than the gym he assumed was on the third or fourth floor.

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The Easy to Make and Hard to Forget Arrigo Park

The original cocktail of Logan Square

April 30, 2018

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This drink is not mine. A good friend and one of the owners of the Whistler, Billy Helmkamp, came up with this smooth sipping winner about ten years ago. I mentioned him last week on the blog when I was talking about bars that keep their sidewalks clean. Billy has been at it for a long time in the Windy City. If you get . . .

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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 Boulevardier Would Beat an Old Pal in a Fight Any Day

In the left corner...

February 14, 2018

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Two quick drinks to touch on before going forward would be the Old Pal and the Boulevardier. The Old Pal predates the Boulevardier with its first appearance in ABC’s of Mixing Cocktails by Harry MacElhone and that was printed in 1922 I believe. The Boulevardier shows up in his next book Barflies and Cocktails in 1927.

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How to Let the Good Times Roll With a Sazerac

Laissez les bon temps rouler

February 01, 2018

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The Sazerac is the only stirred cocktail to rival the Martini. In all honesty, I think they could have been friends in another life. The worst one I have ever had was at the Sazerac Bar In the Grand Roosevelt Hotel located at 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA. I recommend pours of Guinness across the street at The Erin . . .

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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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