Monthly Archives: December 2010

End-of-the-Year Cocktail List #3: Biggest Disappointments

My final cocktail list of the year is about the little things that came up short. Mercifully, most of the items on this list have a happy upside. And before I get into how bad service can be in New … Continue reading

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End-of-the-Year Cocktail List #2: Favorite Cocktails at Home

photo: Morgan Sheff As I wrote yesterday, I’ll be posting a few end-of-the-year lists in the cocktail category. In the first list, I talked about the best drinks that I’d had out at New York City bars over the last … Continue reading

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End-of-the-Year Cocktail List #1: Favorite Bar Cocktails

It’s the end of the year, and that means lists. I love reading lists, but I love making them even more: they are both easy and self-indulgent. This cocktail list started when I read Derek Brown’s Top 5 Cocktail Experiences … Continue reading

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Two Clementine Cocktails

When my girlfriend brought home a little crate of Spanish clementines, she asked me if I was going to try to make cocktails out of them. Of course I was. And I started right away. After some quick web research, … Continue reading

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Drinking Out: Smoke Beer at The Rabbit Club

The Rabbit Club is the sort of New York bar that makes you seem like an insider to out-of-town guests. It’s a dark and narrow all-beer basement establishment on a bustling street in the West Village, the kind of place … Continue reading

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The Smell of Money

I got an intriguing pitch from a publicist a couple weeks ago about a cologne that smells like paper currency. It’s called Money, and she sent me a bottle to sample. It comes in a box lined with real shredded … Continue reading

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Why Astor Wine & Spirits Lost Me As a Customer

A frustrating exchange with the people who run Astor Center, the events and classes space above Astor Wines & Spirits here in New York City, has led me to question my over-reliance on the liquor store and seek out alternatives. … Continue reading

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Polarizing Men’s Scents

I just read a great article on men’s fragrances by Denise Hamilton, a crime novelist who started writing a fragrance column for the Los Angeles Times. She takes us through the recent renaissance in men’s colognes in general and the … Continue reading

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Drinking Out: The Gowanus at Bar Tano

The floating bits of green in this clever grapefruit vodka cocktail are shredded basil. It’s from Bar Tano on Third Avenue and Ninth Street in the Gowanus neighborhood between Park Slope and Carroll Gardens in Brooklyn. The neighborhood and the … Continue reading

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An Absinthe Fragrance by a Cognac Heir

Surveying the scant amount of information available online about Kilian Hennessy, founder of the niche fragrance brand By Kilian, he does not seem very likeable: he comes across as an arrogant playboy who makes too many canned references to French … Continue reading

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