Liquor 101


How to Read a Cocktail Menu on Cook’s Cook We’re excited to announce that our main content for the day is actually over at Cook’s Cook, an international collection of food writers, chefs, and recipe testers. We’re excited to be in the company of such an eminent collection of food experts, where we hope to occasionally pitch in something about the right cocktail to match with your amazing dinner. In our first...

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Liquor Stores We Rely On: Schneider’s on Capitol Hill We write all the time about the bottles we buy, what we think of them, and what we make with them. Every once in a while we give a little credit to the liquor stores where we find those bottles. Profile of a Liquor Store: Schneider’s of Capitol Hill Class of Store: All Purpose Location: near Union Station, DC Best Feature: a particularly wide selection of whiskey Best...

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Lorenzo Americano Cocktail Recipe One of us has an Italian great-grandfather, Lorenzo. Lorenzo immigrated to the US in the era when seeming as English as possible was the preferred integration strategy; so Lawrence or Larry has been a family name ever since. We’re partial to the original Lorenzo, though, and it particularly seemed appropriate as the name for today’s drink, a product of Italo-American cooperation. As David...

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Liquor Stores We Rely On: Potomac Wine and Spirits We write all the time about the bottles we buy, what we think of them, and what we make with them. Every once in a while we give a little credit to the liquor stores where we find those bottles. Profile of a Liquor Store: Potomac Wine and Spirits Class of Store: Scouting Party Location: M Street in Georgetown Best Feature: a priority on featuring spirits from places other than the US,...

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Where to Drink in Detroit: Detroit City Distillery We talk all the time about how much we love our neighborhood of Eastern Market. When we say that, we usually mean the broader neighborhood, with its quiet streets of row houses and bustling collections of restaurants along Barracks Row and Pennsylvania Avenue; but we also really love being so close to the market itself. Sure, the fruits and vegetables at the weekday stalls are pricey,...

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Old Fashioned Martini Cocktail Recipe As you’ll know if you read our post ‘What’s the Ideal Dry Martini?’,  learning of Hemingway’s preference for a 15 gin: 1 vermouth proportion sent us into some research on martini recipes over time. We, of course, found that gin to vermouth ratios varied greatly, anywhere from 1:1 to Hemingway’s 15:1–and even further, to vermouth rinses or no vermouth at...

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