Maple Leaf

Maple Leaf

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As the seasons change, I often retire certain foods while introducing others to better complement the changing weather.  Hot summer days call for cold beers and barbeque, while cooler weather means hot soups and cozy cocktails to be enjoyed by…

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Making your own Grenadine

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Grenadine is a classic sweetener found in many drinks, and often an integral flavor agent in popular cocktails.  So it’s a wonder that such an essential ingredient can be so cheap, bastardized and dishonest.  Once a pomegranate-based syrup, today’s grenadine…

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Aviation

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The classic Aviation cocktail is simple, well balanced and refreshing, plus it’s crafted with ingredients that one can easily obtain: gin, fresh lemon juice and maraschino liqueur. Like many classic cocktails, history of the Aviation’s origin is a bit cloudy,…

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Rob Roy

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The Rob Roy is basically a Manhattan that uses Scotch instead of rye. It’s believed to have been named after Robert Roy MacGregor, who was a Robin Hood-like figure in 18th century Scotland. Hence the Scotch. For best results, opt…

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negroni recipe

Negroni Recipe

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The Negroni starts with an Americano base–sweet vermouth and Campari–and adds the boozy stoutness of gin. While the Negroni is an aperitif and meant to stimulate the appetite before a meal, too many of these guys on an empty stomach…

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French 75

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The French 75 cocktail is named after the 75mm howitzer artillery gun, a popular weapon during World War I.  Legend has it that fighter pilot Raoul Lufbery enjoyed champagne, but wanted to drink something with more of a kick.  So,…

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The Blinker

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The Blinker dates back to the 1930s and was traditionally composed of rye, grapefruit juice and grenadine.  After hiding in obscurity for decades, the Blinker has seen a resurgence of late due to its inclusion in Ted Haigh’s Vintage Spirits…

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Pegu Club

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In the 1920s, the Pegu Club was a bar in Rangoon, Burma (at the time a British colony) that served a drink of the same name.  And while this drink was popular through the ‘30s, it largely died out after…

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Rusty Nail

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A classic but oft-forgotten cocktail, the Rusty Nail is a smooth, scotch-based drink that’s much tamer than its name suggests. By adding Drambuie—a honey- and herb-flavored scotch liqueur—to scotch, you are able to cut some of the biting peat flavor…

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Martini Recipe

Martini Recipe

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The martini is one of the world’s best known and most popular cocktails, having been immortalized by such drinking greats as Winston Churchill, James Bond and Frank Sinatra. However, nowadays, half the martinis made in a bar use vodka instead of…

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Kentucky Bourbon Festival: Day Two

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Day two at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival started with a trip to the Maker’s Mark distillery in Loretto, KY.  Maker’s Mark Master Distiller Kevin Smith, our tour guide for the day, took us around the distillery grounds while articulating the…

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