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Featured Craft Cocktail – Skeleton Key

Skeleton Key   In celebration of Halloween, I revisited one of the most successful cocktails I’ve ever placed on a menu. Although the cocktail wasn’t originally inspired by Halloween the …

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Featured Classic Cocktail – Boulevardier

Boulevardier A cousin of the Negroni, the Boulevardier simply substitutes bourbon in place of gin with slightly different portions. This cocktail is from Harry McElhone’s 1927 Barflies and Cocktails. For …

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If Bitter is Better, Why is Blended so Bad?

Yes that’s a really horrible use of an old grammatical technique to catch your attention: alliteration.  Use so many words that start with the same letter and the human eye …

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Whisky vs. Whiskey – There Just Isn’t (E)nough to go Around

Yes, it’s cliché.  Great rivalries are not born; they are made over years and decades and centuries.  Local?  Michigan vs. Ohio State (sorry Sparty).  National?  Lakers vs. Celtics.  British?  One …

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Featured Craft Cocktail – Subtle Smoke

Subtle Smoke Subtle Smoke is a cocktail I created years ago in an attempt to get non-scotch drinkers drinking Scotch whisky. These types of drinks I refer to as Gateway …

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Featured Classic Cocktail – Blood and Sand

Blood & Sand Blood and Sand is one of the few classic cocktails that includes scotch and it is certainly one of my favorites. This drink was named for Rudolph …

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Featured Craft Cocktail – Reason for Rum

While beginning to create this month’s cocktail I was staring at a bottle of The Scarlet Ibis Rum from Trinidad that was sitting at my desk. Typically, rum isn’t the …

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Featured Classic Cocktail – “E. Hemingway” Special

Immediately when thinking of classic rum cocktails the first name that comes to mind is Daiquiri. In the 1930s, among the many variations on the popular Daiquiri cocktail served at …

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I’m Very Sorry, But Our Blender is Broken…

“We’ll have 4 Strawberry Daiquiris!”  It’s not something you hear everyday in a discerning watering hole.  Even in places of ill-repute, most people would opt for something with an airtight …

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Featured Classic Cocktail – The Sidecar

The Sidecar The Sidecar is a classic cocktail traditionally made with cognac, orange liqueur and lemon juice. Today, most Sidecars are crafted with added syrup or a sugared rim garnish. …

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