Monthly Archives: February 2011

Vodka Cynicism Rewarded

“Vodka is unlike other forms of alcohol in that there is no justifiable excuse for drinking it,” wrote the Russian novelist Victor Erofeyev in an essay published in a 2002 issue of The New Yorker. “The Frenchman will praise the … Continue reading

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First Smell: Isfarkand by Ormonde Jayne

You can’t always judge a fragrance merely from spraying it on a test strip. I wasn’t moved by Isfarkand on paper, but when I sprayed it on my arm, it came alive. The pepper and the citrus notes blended amiably, … Continue reading

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Rediscovering New Orleans Cocktails

While the city of New Orleans may not have invented the cocktail, its place in cocktail history is very important. It’s the birthplace of the Sazerac, a cocktail that was once considered the world’s first—its origin dates somewhere in the … Continue reading

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Drinking Out: The Bacchus Manhattan at Bacchus Kirk

Bacchus Kirk is a neighborhood bar in the best possible sense: it’s friendly, unpretentious, and cozy (it actually has a fireplace). It has an impressive happy hour that lasts from 4-8pm daily, but the drinks are already affordable. We tried … Continue reading

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Drinking Out: The Laphroaig Project at Rickhouse

If the drinks at Rickhouse weren’t so damn good, the olde timey speakeasy theme park ambience and suspenders-and-mustaches bartenders might be pretty annoying. But this bar, near Union Square in San Francisco, has some superb cocktails. I’d read a mention … Continue reading

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First Smell: Burning Barbershop by D.S. & Durga

D.S. & Durga was one of the standout brands at last month’s fragrance trade show, Elements Showcase. It’s run by a couple who live and work in Brooklyn, and it started as a sort of craft project. “We started by … Continue reading

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First Smell: Henrik Vibskov’s Type B

When a friend came back from Copenhagen, Denmark’s fashion week, she brought me some samples of Danish designer Henrik Vibskov’s three new fragrances. Each is themed after a city: Type B is Berlin, Type C is Copenhagen, and Type D … Continue reading

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On Building a Home Liquor Cabinet: Substitutions and Missing Ingredients

Plenty of people have written about the home bar staples, which typically include whiskey (sometimes rye and maybe scotch), gin, vodka (although a cocktail enthusiast may find relatively few recipes that need it), rum, and tequila. Add to that some … Continue reading

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The Gentleman’s Companion, Vol II: Being An Exotic Drinking Book

A friend brought this book in for me to peruse. It’s part of a two volume cooking and drinking set. The pompous tone of the title continues in the text, but it’s great fun to read. It was first published … Continue reading

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Trying to Rank Great Cognacs

As a whiskey drinker, I’m always surprised at my first sip of cognac: it’s really smooth. Taste a succession of increasingly older and more expensive cognacs, and that smoothness will increase accordingly. At’s cognac tasting at the Brandy Library … Continue reading

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