Liquor 101: Building a bar


Bitters Week: What and Why is a Bitter? This week we turn our attention to the shelf on the bar where we keep the weird and wonderful collection of small bottles with dropper tops. The big bottles almost always get the spotlight. Maybe it’s prejudice against the small, or maybe it’s that we’re just a little frightened by that corner of the bar that feels like a mad scientist’s lab or a magician’s potions....

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Tiki Week:¬†Not All Rum is the Same We’re not island types. It’s not a mistake that our entire adult lives have been spent in big, hard-charging, businesslike cities. We know, however, that a key to successful urban living is, every once in a while, escaping to the beach. We follow the practice in real life, and we thought it was about time we did the same in our cocktail consumption. So, this week we’re dipping our...

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Liquor 101: Irish Whiskey The Irish may have created whiskey. They also may not have. The Scots stridently argue that they’re the original whiskey distillers. Apparently, the vikings also have a claim, though modern Scandinavians don’t seem to stake that claim in quite the same way as the Irish and the Scots do. While we don’t know definitively who started it all, we do know that it was someone in the British isles,...

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Liquor 101: Making our Own Old Tom Gin Perhaps the most devastating review of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace came from a fictional character, and took only 10¬†words. As the Simpsons family exited the theater, as we all did, in 1999, Lisa’s comment was, ‘Who knew the Phantom Menace was an intergalactic trade war?’ I was reminded of Lisa Simpson and The Phantom Menace when I read cocktail historian David...

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The Christmas List: Garnish picks and Bottle Stoppers As we write this post, people are wrestling one another in WalMart for the last item in stock of an unbelievable deal on the new XBox. That can only mean one thing: Christmas shopping season has officially begun. In light of that, we’ll be using this week’s posts to feature our holiday gift suggestions for the cocktail lover in your life. After a week’s worth of...

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The Christmas List: Nick and Noras As we write this post, people are wrestling one another in WalMart for the last item in stock of an unbelievable deal on the new XBox. That can only mean one thing: Christmas shopping season has officially begun. In light of that, we’ll be using this week’s posts to feature our holiday gift suggestions for the cocktail lover in your life. For today’s suggestion, we take you back to...

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