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Month: April 2017

Zodiac Cocktail #3: Double Trouble

Zodiac Cocktail #3: Double Trouble

Ah, Gemini. This is a sign that is near and dear to my heart, not because it’s mine, but because some of my very favorite people in the world are born under it, two of whom happen to be my sons. Gemini extends from May 20th through June 20th, and is symbolized by the mythological twins Castor and Pollux, members of the Argonauts who sailed with Jason to capture the Golden Fleece. When they died fighting at a young age, Zeus immortalized them by casting them up into the sky in the form of an astrological sign.

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Deep Conversation: A modern riff on The Last Word

Deep Conversation: A modern riff on The Last Word

Yesterday I made a classic cocktail for you called The Last Word, which is currently the center of an Instagram campaign that’s hashtagged #WeHaveTheLast Word. Today I’m going to share a personal riff on this traditional drink, but before I get into that let’s talk about the structure behind the original recipe. The Last Word is a traditional sour, which means that it belongs to one of the oldest cocktail groups out there, originally discussed in print in 1862 in How to Mix Drinks by Jerry Thomas. The sour consists of 3 parts:

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Monday Classics: The Last Word

Monday Classics: The Last Word

Currently on Instagram there is a little campaign going on during the month of April called #WeHaveTheLastWord, which has a substantial number of people all over the world posting variations of the cocktail by the same name. I thought it only appropriate that I feature this Prohibition-era drink as a Monday Classic, and provide some insight into its history and its appeal. The Last Word debuted at the Detroit Athletic Club shortly after its opening in 1915. It was an equal parts blend of gin, Green Chartreuse,

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Friday Musings: Alternative Medicine

Friday Musings: Alternative Medicine

Last November I wrote a post just after the election that was about the modern (now classic) cocktail called the Penicillin. It was created by Sam Ross, an early pioneer of the Cocktail Movement, who spent 7 years as head bartender at Milk & Honey in NYC, and currently is the co-owner of Attaboy, also in NYC and now Brooklyn. The Penicillin is one of my favorite cocktails. I know, I know. You’re all saying to yourselves right now that I have a lot of favorite cocktails, and that is quite true, but as a person who writes about them

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Thursday Barlogue: Brick and Mortar, Philadelphia, PA

Thursday Barlogue: Brick and Mortar, Philadelphia, PA

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of having dinner with my daughter at Brick and Mortar after a visit to the Philadelphia Flower Show. Located in the first block north of Vine Street, the restaurant was just a short walk from the convention center. I was immediately impressed with the vibe of the place the minute we walked through the door. There was a cool industrial feel to things like the concrete warehouse ceiling with exposed pipes, but the colors, the warm wood tones everywhere, and the friendly atmosphere

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