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Only Two Ingredients

August 10, 2018

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He reached for the tall heavy-bottomed crystal shaker he had used almost every day for as long as he could remember. It was a gift from his mother-in-law from some fancy place whose name he had forgotten. The sticker that signified it legitimate had long been removed the same way he always pulled the band off of a cigar before he . . .

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A Weak Drink Can Make You Stronger

July 09, 2018

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There used to be a time when I could drink more than I could today. Now if I have a drop too much I am in for a world of hurt the next day. It may not even be apparent when I go to bed. No slurring or common actions of inebriation.

One thing I have begun to enjoy are weak drinks. I am not talking about the . . .

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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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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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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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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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