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Month: April 2018

Monday Booktails: Paper Plane

Monday Booktails: Paper Plane

Today I’m closing out my Monday Booktails series with one last drink from Sasha Petraske’s Regarding Cocktails. It was developed by Sam Ross (who also created the Penicillin cocktail) for fellow Milk & Honey alum, Toby Maloney, who was looking for a new summer cocktail for his bar in the Wicker Park area of Chicago called The Violet Hour. The drink is a riff on the amazing equal parts cocktail called the Last Word, which first appeared at The Detroit Athletic Club in the 1920s,

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Friday Musings: Passionately Patient

Friday Musings: Passionately Patient

We are often told that the secret to living a happy life is all about finding balance. It’s also a key component in creating a perfect cocktail. You’ve heard me talk about it many times. The sweetness of a drink should temper the acidity. The base spirit should never overwhelm the other ingredients. When a cocktail seems like it’s missing something, bitters will often be the thing that brings balance. I have made all these statements with great conviction because I can see them clearly. I know that they are

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Wednesday Beer Cocktails: The Bitter Imposter

Wednesday Beer Cocktails: The Bitter Imposter

Have you ever heard of something called the lupulin shift? As a person who does not spend very much time drinking bitter, hoppy beers like IPAs, I certainly had not. It’s a phrase that was coined back in 2005 by Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing to describe the tolerance that beer drinkers develop to the stinging taste of hops. In nature, bitterness represents poison and we are conditioned to avoid it. Yet this doesn’t seem to apply to the world of alcohol. Just ask the many Campari fans out there, or

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Monday Booktails: Silver Fox

Monday Booktails: Silver Fox

For this week’s Monday Booktails post, I searched through Sasha Petraske’s Regarding Cocktails for something that I could serve before Easter dinner. A drink called a Silver Fox caught my eye because I loved its blend of gin, lemon, and amaretto, and because I was drawn to the fact that it’s a variation on a gin fizz. The most simple form of a fizz includes the base spirit, which is very often gin, a citrus juice, and sugar, all topped off with a carbonated something or other. It’s light and refreshing and perfect for

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