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Boulevardier

by Joe Shotkus April 4th, 2014| Cocktails, Martinis
Similar in many ways to a Negroni, the Boulevardier is a drink rapidly growing in popularity in cocktail bars and restaurants around the U.S. It has equal portions and is a very simple cocktail by design, but depending on the ingredients used, can be such a different cocktail. I've
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Carpano Antica Vermouth

by Joe Shotkus April 1st, 2014| Spirits
While Vermouth is not technically a spirit, legally or otherwise, it isn't really wine either. It has no qualities of a wine and for all intents and purposes, it has been tampered with. The process is simple: Take a red or white wine, infuse it with herbs and other
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Papa Doble

by Joe Shotkus March 28th, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
Hemingway has many merits, and regardless of what you think of him as a writer he changed drinking for the better. He brought the daiquiri to America, and is credited with a few classics of his own. Many of his characters drank, and the drinks he gave them were
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Don Cesar Pisco Puro Review

by Joe Shotkus March 25th, 2014| Spirits
Let me start by saying this. I love pisco. It's not as commonplace as it should be in America. It's sweet, though sometimes dry, but always bold and delicious. It always mixes well in cocktails, and any person who likes Pisco whom I've ever met I've enjoyed greatly. Perhaps
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Rhyned

by Joe Shotkus March 21st, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
While looking for a cocktail feature for the bar I often look to see what we have a surplus of, usually an item we have several uses for whose original drinks have become under ordered as the seasons change. As winter began to fade people became less likely to
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Luxardo Fernet Amaro

by Joe Shotkus March 18th, 2014| Spirits
Last week I did a cocktail featuring a unique alcohol called Fernet Branca. Many companies have attempted to make similar products as Fernet; of those, Luxardo has made a Fernet Amaro, matched in color and scent to the original. There is something different, something missing. Fernet is
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Mezcalifornia

by Joe Shotkus March 14th, 2014| Cocktails, Mixed Drinks
The Classic cocktail the Rosita is one of those only now resurfacing from the golden age of cocktails, a blend of tequila, Campari and both dry and sweet vermouth with just a dash of bitters. It's more complex than everyone's favorite, the margarita, more similar to an Italian cocktail
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Tequila Shot

by Joe Shotkus March 13th, 2014| Ask the Bartender
I don't know if this is actually a bartender question, but I thought it might be a good place to start.  If I am ordering a shot of tequila at a bar, does it really matter what type I order?  I understand that I shouldn't get really cheap tequila,
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Greenbar Distillery Grand Poppy

by Joe Shotkus March 11th, 2014| Spirits
Celebrating a region through its cuisine is one of the best ways to get to know a location, and luckily with craft distillation some of the ingredients that define a region's landscape can be tasted from afar. Grand Poppy from Greenbar Distillery tastes of California.

Taking after the European tradition
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Secaucus

by Joe Shotkus March 7th, 2014| Cocktails
There are many variations on the Manhattan, possibly more than any other drink out there. Equal are the number of cocktails named after neighborhoods of New York City. There's the Greenpoint, the Bronx, an East Side Sling, the New York Sour, the Red Hook, the Brooklyn, Bensonhurst, Cobble Hill,
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1800 Tequila, Silver and Reposado

by Jason Lightner March 4th, 2014| Spirits
Tequila has become somewhat of a favorite of mine this winter. Its crisp, refreshing texture, and the incredible versatility of this spirit have made it an absolute joy in which to partake and, while I've certainly sampled my fair share of the agave wonder, I can't believe I'd never
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Calorie Counts of Drinks

by Editorial Team February 27th, 2014| Ask the Bartender
Which alcoholic drinks have the most calories?

The short answer is "The sweetest ones." Sugar in a drink can drive up the calorie count significantly over a less sweet choice. As this chart shows (it also has a handy calculator so you can figure out how many calories
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