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The Old Fashioned Cocktail: Clearing it all up.

As with most classic cocktails, there is some contention regarding the proper way to make an Old Fashioned Cocktail.  I usually attribute this level of disagreement to the fact that the Old Fashioned and many other classics have their origins in the 1800’s… specifically, Mr. Boston’s bar book traces the Old Fashioned back to 1806.  I… Continue reading The Old Fashioned Cocktail: Clearing it all up.

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Book Review- Tequila: Distilling the Spirit of Mexico

To say that this book was not what I expected would be a grave understatement.  I think it ought to have tipped me off that the reviews on the jacket were all from professors and Mexican authors, rather than other bar/cocktail connoisseurs.  So, too, should I have paid more attention to the author, Marie Sarita… Continue reading Book Review- Tequila: Distilling the Spirit of Mexico

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The Art of American Whiskey – A book review

Before I get into this review, I want to explain why I am so utterly lacking in Whiskey knowledge, when I know so much about other spirits… In the first bar I worked at, where I became a bartender and discovered my passion for the industry, we had: 5 vodka brands, 4 gin brands, 3… Continue reading The Art of American Whiskey – A book review

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The Drunken Botanist- A book review

Amy Stewart’s The Drunken Botanast  conveniently on sale right now for $9 on Amazon I don’t say this about many books, but this one is hands down one of the best things I have ever read.  Right off the bat, let’s get this out of the way: I recommend it.  If you stopped reading right now… Continue reading The Drunken Botanist- A book review

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Liquid Intelligence – A Book Review

Shortly after I finished reading my first alcohol book (The Drunken Botanist), I found myself desperately searching for something that could measure up to it and could teach me the things I needed to know.  Upon receiving many recommendations for Liquid Intelligence, I decided to purchase it for Kindle, since I couldn’t wait for it… Continue reading Liquid Intelligence – A Book Review

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“What if I don’t like the taste of alcohol?”

I’m a frequent reader and slightly less frequent poster over at r/cocktails on Reddit and this is a question that I see much too often.  Other posters clearly have a little more patience than I, to answer those every week, but my own response isn’t a cocktail… it’s a conversation. First of all, there are… Continue reading “What if I don’t like the taste of alcohol?”

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Smuggler’s Cove – Book Review

It occurred to me recently (today) as I was talking to one of my regulars about the merits of a book I had recently finished, that that is a spectacular idea for a blog post! Smugglers Cove: Exotic cocktails, Rum and the cult of Tiki by: Martin Cate (& Rebecca Cate) I purchased the hardcover because… Continue reading Smuggler’s Cove – Book Review