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Yellow Chartreuse: Sunshine and Warmth in a glass

One of the biggest revelations I’ve had about the world of cocktails is just how many monks were involved in making the secondary spirits that are such a vital part of so many drinks. Who knew that there was a veritable task force of them who worked so diligently to create these awesome recipes? And that doesn’t even include the number of them that continued to guard the recipes, keeping them a secret and ensuring that they always be followed according to…

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Monday Classics: Yellow Jacket

I received a wonderful new cocktail book as a birthday present over the weekend called Speakeasy, by Jason Kosmos and Dushan Zaric. They opened Employees Only in 2004, a Prohibition-style bar in the West Village in New York City. The book focuses on classic cocktails that have been reimagined, truly one of my favorite subjects. While looking for a cocktail that I’d be able to feature for today’s post, I came across the Yellow Jacket which had the interesting combination…

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Green Chartreuse: Into the Deep, Dark woods…

While Yellow Chartreuse is sunshine and warmth, Green Chartreuse takes you somewhere deep into the woods and inundates you with green botanicals. It almost tastes mentholated, but smooth, with its more bracing herbs toned down a bit by the barrel aging. It has a natural affinity for gin and tequila, it is one of the famous ingredients in the classic cocktail The Last Word, and it’s a favorite of Queen Elizabeth in a Champagne and Chartreuse cocktail she loves to drink. It’s…

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Monday Classics: Midnight Coffee

For many cocktail drinkers, myself included, an Old-Fashioned epitomizes the idea of a classic drink. Its basic recipe provides a blank canvas that invites us to explore the idea of putting our own artistic spin on things. While working this past Saturday behind the bar at Cooper River Distillers, I had the opportunity to experiment with creating an Old-Fashioned with our Rye Oak Reserve rum, a distillery-made coffee liqueur, a rich simple from True Syrups & Garnishes, and a dash…

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Monday Classics: Starfall

The Star Cocktail was a drink that was fairly popular in the 1890s and was mentioned in a number of publications at that time, including the New York Sun, the “Leading Barkeeper’s Report” in the Evansville Courier, and the Cincinnati Post. As with so many classic cocktails, many bar owners, bartenders, and bar manual writers claimed ownership of this drink and published their unique versions of the recipe. Apple brandy and sweet vermouth seemed to remain consistent throughout all