Category Archives: Bartenders

An Interview With Jacob Grier

Some of the best bartenders are really interesting people. In addition to being the originator of the Bone Luge trend, Portland, Oregon-based Jacob Grier is known for creating beer cocktails (he’s working on a book of them), his championing of … Continue reading

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An Interview with Pip Hanson

When I started hearing about a bartender named Pip Hanson at Marvel Bar in Minneapolis, I was intrigued: He switched everything over to the metric system. He was experimenting with super-diluted and barely chilled cocktails. He came up with an … Continue reading

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Apple Brandy and Whiskey, Three Ways

I’ve been in a months-long straight spirits phase, enjoying bourbon and rye neat rather than mixing any cocktails. It started last summer when I got weary of complicated cocktails and the frustration of missing obscure ingredients or unique bitters. And … Continue reading

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Budget Bourbon at Char No. 4

Char No. 4, the Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn bar and restaurant that specializes in whiskey and pork, is one of my favorite places to drink: the whiskey selection is stunning, the atmosphere is relaxed, and the bartender is knowledgeable. Char makes … Continue reading

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Drinking Out: A Can-hattan at Uncle Barry’s

In the Twin Cities, where I’m from, neighborhood bars don’t just close after ten years; they tend to stay around for while, and they tend to be old. Which is why it’s so jarring to see them disappear in New … Continue reading

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Drinking Out: The Smith & Street Cocktail at Clover Club

The Smith & Street cocktail, by bartender Katie Stipe, builds on the Oaxacan Old Fashioned combination of tequila and mezcal, adding a bitter citrus element. It’s served in an old fashioned glass with one large ice cylinder that keeps the … Continue reading

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Drinking Out: Cocktails at Mihoko’s 21 Grams

Mihoko’s 21 Grams, a “Franco-Japonaise” restaurant in the Flatiron District on 21st Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, opened about two weeks ago. It’s owned by a Japanese ballerina and philanthropist, Mihoko Kiyokawa, who prefers to go by one name, … Continue reading

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David Wondrich: What Your Drink Order Says About You

Cocktail historian David Wondrich, author of recent books on punch and on the legendary bartender Jerry Thomas, had a nice little essay on Gourmet.com listing what various drink orders might say about you. Here’s a couple of my favorites: Location: … 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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Applewood’s First Cocktail Night

Applewood, a 6-year-old restaurant and bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn, had its first cocktail event on Sunday, with five new cocktails created by Justin Briggs. Briggs, who I’ve mentioned before, is an unsung cocktail hero in a restaurant with a … Continue reading

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