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Month: August 2017

Monday Classics: Cobble Hill

Monday Classics: Cobble Hill

On of the most iconic and widely recognized classic cocktails is the Manhatten. I’ve written about it a number of times on this blog; in fact, it was one of my earliest posts last September. One of the things that makes the Manhatten such a classic is its simplicity. With only three ingredients to work with, it’s a drink you’d better make well if you want to be respected as a bartender, home or otherwise. The Manhatten is also all about balance. Again, with so few ingredients at play, there’s

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Friday Musings: Follow me

Friday Musings: Follow me

This Friday Musings post begins with a question: when it comes to making a choice about something, do you follow your heart or head? Do you place more faith in your intuition or in your ability to reason? I suppose some of you might answer that it depends on the decision being made. There are certain matters that are better off decided by our heads, like those related to jobs, or finances, or education. You could make that argument. And you could just as easily try to convince

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Monday Classics: Gordon’s Breakfast

Monday Classics: Gordon’s Breakfast

Today’s Monday Classic is a far more modern cocktail created by Sasha Petraske, founder of Milk and Honey in New York City, and one of the earliest pioneers of the craft cocktail movement in this country. Petraske believed in the freshest of ingredients, impeccable technique and service, and recipes that are modern spins off of five types of drinks: the Old Fashioned, the Martini or Manhatten, the Sour, the Highball, and the Fix. Petraske helped to launch the careers of many modern bartenders

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Friday Musings: Head-on Collision

Friday Musings: Head-on Collision

Last Friday I wrote a post about relationships that begin like trains pulling into the station on parallel tracks. The few minutes that we spend waiting for passengers to step off and step on give us just enough time to glance over and notice the other person. If our lives are in sync then we’ll have an opportunity to begin something meaningful. If they’re not, then we may keep missing one another, forever trying in vain to pull into that platform at the same time. But there’s another type of

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Summer Thoughts Cocktail #4: Into the Woods

Summer Thoughts Cocktail #4: Into the Woods

Growing up, I lived in an ordinary suburban town where I spent my summers doing all the things that you read about in those “Remember When” posts on Facebook. We left our houses early in the morning to go out and play for the day. I really did have one friend whose mom would whistle for her to come home, and another whose mom would simply call her name. And somehow we would hear both of those summons no matter where we were. We filled our days with ordinary things. We rode our bikes, we

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