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Cocktails for a Crowd with Kara Newman

When your friends know you’re into cocktails, there’s a lot of pressure to play bartender at parties, even ones you’re a guest at. It can be fun, but it can also be a lot of work: squeezing lemons and limes, … Continue reading

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What Can You Do With a Pound of Rhubarb?

I’ve found that taking a cocktail approach to non-alcoholic drinks — using a cocktail shaker, muddling, using simple syrup or agave syrup — helps me get beyond mere lemonade in the summer months. Most importantly, it’s enabled me to experiment … Continue reading

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Top Ten Lists

As much as we complain about end-of-the-year lists, most of us seem to love them. Maybe they’re like pornography: many of the people who will speak out against it in public are voracious consumers of it in private—they just can’t … Continue reading

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Perfume or Hooch?

My friend Kara Newman at the Spice & Ice blog has more evidence for the connection between spirits and fragrances today, in the form of a short quiz she calls “Perfume or Hooch?” The lines are definitely blurred when you’re … Continue reading

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International Smokey Cocktails

Singapore has some really expensive bars. Reading Kara Newman’s piece for Reuters on where to drink in Singapore for the business traveler, I was intrigued by a bar called the Tippling Club. Apparently, a Singapore restaurateur got a celebrated Australian … Continue reading

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The Brooklyn Bitters Boom

After trying some of A.B. Smeby Bittering Co.’s bitters at Thistle Hill Tavern last weekend, I remembered another Brooklyn bitters business, one I read about on Kara Newman’s blog, called Brooklyn Hemispherical Bitters. Were there others? I thought I’d read … Continue reading

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Drink.Think

Last night’s Drink.Think event of readings by beverage and cocktail writers was great fun. The readings, the second organized by writer Kara Newman (a cocktail blogger and author of a spicy cocktail recipe book), were held in a cramped side … Continue reading

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An Absinthe Discussion

Kara Newman’s absinthe post on her Spice & Ice blog yesterday provoked a nice discussion of the mysterious green liquor in the comments section. One particularly passionate commenter, Pontchartrain Pete, pointed us to wormwoodsociety.org, an amazingly rich resource for absinthe … Continue reading

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A Better Grenadine

I had an excellent Jack Rose cocktail last night at a bar. Like many of the great classics, it has just three ingredients: applejack, lemon juice, and grenadine. It was so good that I thought to myself, why don’t I … Continue reading

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Drinking Out: The Violent Bear at JakeWalk

I finally made it to JakeWalk, one of a string of great cocktail bars on Smith Street in Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens neighborhood. This was the bar pictured in Frank Bruni’s New York Times piece about punch and its champion, David … Continue reading

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