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Monday Classics: Yule Mule

Monday Classics: Yule Mule

Many, many classic cocktails have a very muddled history where we find a multitude of bartenders, bar owners, and even authors claiming to have created their recipes. This is not the case with the Moscow Mule. The facts behind the story are almost completely unanimous and they go as follows. In the 1940s, John Hublein was the president of G.F. Heublein & Brothers, the company that made A-1 steak sauce. Hublein had purchased a small vodka label called Smirnoff back in the 30s in an effort to get

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Monday Classics: Midnight Coffee

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 of orange bitters. You

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Monday Classics: New York Sour

Monday Classics: New York Sour

One of the most accessible drinks for home bartenders to begin making and to begin putting their own personal spin on is the sour. The standard recipe of base spirit and equal parts sweet and sour ingredients on either side of that creates the perfect blank canvas to begin experimenting. The egg white is always optional, whether it’s because you simply don’t relish the idea of it your drink, or because you are a vegan. Always remember that in the latter case, you can substitute one teaspoon

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Monday Classics: Starfall

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

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Monday Classics: Lion of Baltimore

Monday Classics: Lion of Baltimore

For today’s Monday Classic, I was super intrigued by a modern variation of the Manhattan cocktail found in Philip Greene’s book by the same name. I loved the idea that it followed the traditional recipe of two parts base spirit (in this case Jamaican Rum) to one part sweet vermouth, but it also included lime, orgeat, and pimento bitters. It made me think of an island version of a Manhattan, and I liked the idea of that, especially after my venture into the Tiki world with last Monday’s Sidewinder’s Fang. The

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