Posts in Drinks
Yellow Jacket Cocktail

During Prohibition illicit nightclubs, speakeasies, were the drinking crucibles for those socially elite ‘evil’ imbibers who enjoyed mingling around cocktails. Illegal, expensive, and a popular activity among pedigreed Americans, the underground blind pigs of the 1920s created an opportunity for New Yorker bartenders to become the world’s greatest mixologists.

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Seedlip Garden Sour

A clever Brit has turned his family’s 300-year-old English pea farm into an entrepreneurial 21st century agricultural innovation company where botany, alchemy, and a bit of ingenious branding strategy have successfully distilled the world’s first non-alcoholic spirits. This is a pucker-up recipe that is every bit as wonderful as creations made by the world’s best mixologists. Served at NoMad in New York City, one of the world’s best bars, should be proof enough that it a cocktail with serious credibility.

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Everything's Coming Up Rosé 2.0

Back in the empire building days, it was the Greeks and Romans who first mixed water and wine. In the everybody-should-have-this cocktail reference book, SPRITZ, Talia Baiochi and Leslie Pariseau explain that the practice of diluting concentrated wines helped mitigate the unruliness that could transpire during a symposium of drinking thinkers all convivially gathered to discuss philosophy.

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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Breeze

Books and drinks are as classic a pairing as PB&J, wine and cheese, bagels and lox, and milk and cookies. This duo is even better when the literary summaries are short, witty, and served up with a classic cocktail.

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Julia's Juice

Ginger: A Secret Weapon. Ginger improves digestion, awakens the taste buds, delivers antibacterial properties, fights inflammation, boosts the immune system, revs the metabolism, and helps prevent blood clots in the arteries.

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Dead Rabbit Irish Coffee

The Dead Rabbit in NYC arguably serves the world's best concoction. No wonder: its owners are Irish immigrants dead set on discovering the secrets to making perfect cocktails. Like nearly all simple and successful recipes, this one relies on quality ingredients.

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The Bender

With nicknames like, Dutch Courage, Strip me Naked, White Satin, Mother's Ruin, and Cuckold's Comfort, it is no wonder the mention of gin conjures up images of less savory experiences. The history of gin includes greedy monarchs, a pairing of hot gin and gingerbread, the British Royal Navy, anti-malarial agents, bootlegging, and old-fashioned romanticizing of the spirit in television shows such as Mad Men & Downton Abbey.

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Lavender Martini

This Lavender Martini is best in summertime when sprigs of lavender may be picked from the garden and used as garnish. While any gin may be substituted, the mild lime and lavender flavored Uncle Val's Botanical Gin made in Sonoma wine country is particularly wonderful. 

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Summer Solstice Sangria

When the sun is directly overhead the Tropic of Cancer, it is time to celebrate the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. What better way than with an ode to summer sangria? Perhaps my bias is to drink this punch when plump blackberries and peaches are in season and the nights are long. The pitcher disappears before dinner is even served. Made in autumn, however, with apples and pears to serve with Spanish tapas such as QUESO DE CABRA CON SALSA DE TOMATE Y BASIL and SIZZLING GARLIC SHRIMP, this fruit and brandy spiked wine punch is thrown back with toasts of "Salud!" between savory bites. 

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The Bee's Knees

Uncle Val's Botanical Gin plays well in any sandbox. Juniper is almost tertiary in this California produced small batch Italian inspired gin. If gin is not your thing, this Bee's Knee's cocktail may change your thinking.

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Blackberry Mojito

Originally a Cuban peasant cheap rum cocktail made drinkable with the addition of island staples-think sugar cane, limes and spearmint, the modern mojito is Havana's gift to American drinking culture.

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Chiltern Firehouse Negroni

Although first created for Count Camillo Negroni in 1919, the classic negroni has reigned as one of the world's best and most frequently ordered cocktails for nearly a decade. A sophisticated yet simple concoction of equal parts gin, vermouth, and campari makes a bittersweet aperitif that follows a restaurant trend of introducing bitter foods such as dark chocolate, kale, and charred Brussels sprouts to the American dinner. If you like a bitter IPA, this is the grown up drink for you. How bitter the drink is has much to do with the smoothness of the gin. For the novice and anyone scared of ordering a gin-based cocktail, Plymouth gin is a bit sweeter and smoother than most (think earthy and less junipery). It offers a brilliant jumping off point to trying this ruby colored Italian gin-based sweetheart of a cocktail.

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Dragon Rider Champagne Cocktail

Perhaps mythologically, but nonetheless romantically, history credits Dom Pérignon with inventing champagne. It was 1693, when mysterious rising bubbles caused the Benedictine monk to exclaim, “Brothers, come quickly! I’m drinking stars!” For centuries, champagne's effervescence has created a sense of celebration and excitement. Millions and millions of bottles are produced annually from grapes growing in a chalky soil 90 miles northeast of Paris and there is no better time in history to consider drinking champagne for no other reason than just because. 


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Winston Churchill Cocktail

When crowds gather to celebrate the holiday season a festive drink gets the party started. Look at history for inspiration. Winston Churchill fondly noted, "A single glass of champagne imparts a feeling of exhilaration. The nerves are braced: the imagination is agreeably stirred." Just the kind of mood setting called for to raise spirits and enjoy the company of family and new friend, and old. Churchill's drink of choice, Pol Roger champagne needs little enhancement. A wee bit of Aperol, a festive cranberry garnish, and a splash of sparkling water create a perfect bubbling conversation companion.

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Victory

There are definitely times when drinking alone makes sense. When life gives you lemons, well...squeeze the citrus in the fridge, pour tequila, add a bit of sweetness, and a hint of Aperol--because Italians inherently know that the combination of bitter orange and cinchona may just be the perfect summer weather mood enhancer. Turn on the country music, sit back, and sip. In no time at all, you will be asking friends to join you--this aromatic, vibrantly colored cocktail has a way of encouraging a gathering. Do not be surprised if guests turn up in cowboy boots ready for a night of dancing.

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