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A Trio of Old-Fashioneds and the bitters that make them work!

No discussion of bitters could possibly be considered complete without Angostura, the granddaddy of them all. These bitters were created in 1824 by a medic in the Prussian army named Johann Gottlieb Benjamin Siegert, who later became the Surgeon General under Simón Bolívar, the military leader who helped to liberate Latin America from Spanish rule. While stationed in a little town in Angostura, Siegert worked on developing a health-boosting tonic for the troops made from local plants and herbs. Years later,…

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The Bitter Truth about – you guessed it – bitters!!

I have to confess that when I first became interested in making cocktails at home, I really had no idea what bitters actually were. I remember thinking that the bottles were very cool, and using them made me feel like some sort of an old-time chemist or pharmacist mixing potions. Or better still, an apothecary, like the one in Romeo and Juliet. For the most part, I viewed bitters as just another ingredient in the drink’s recipe. If I wanted to…

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Mercury Goes Direct

Just a few weeks ago I wrote about the phenomenon of the planet Mercury and its retrograde phase. This little first rock from the sun controls certain major aspects of our lives that include communication, transportation, and technology. In short, it can wreak a bit of havoc when it appears to be spinning backwards in its orbit because we suddenly can’t speak or write properly, can’t navigate our way around the block, and can’t rely on our cell phones to…

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Monday Masters: Conference from Death & Co

I’m still on a quest for real bartenders and real conversations, but in the interim there’s no better place to turn than to the bartenders of Death & Co for their stories of the inspiration behind their cocktails. Today’s drink comes from Brian Miller, who is described as “Death & Co’s resident scalawag and expert on all things Polynesian.” Apparently one night he was asked to make something stirred and boozy, and he allowed the main tiki principle of blending…

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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…

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