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  • Keeping It Couth With Vermouth
    June 27, 2018 Patrick Smith

    Keeping It Couth With Vermouth

    Poor vermouth. It’s the Rodney Dangerfield of many a home bar: everyone has some, but dammit, it gets no respect. It’s the key ingredient in your beloved Manhattan, Martini, or Negroni, but at shopping time it rarely receives the same attention that your Whiskey or Gin selection does. Generally, this isn’t out of a true disdain for the stuff, but rather habit and lack of awareness of what it really is. 
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    June 20, 2018 Mish Sukharev


    With its classic, striking label and near omnipresence in pop culture and commercial art for over a century, a bottle of Lillet looks familiar to almost everyone. James Bond even called for it by name! But outside of this familiarity, the liquid inside is a mystery to many people..
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  • A Very Sherry Situation
    June 20, 2018 Patrick Smith

    A Very Sherry Situation

    My first association with sherry was as a boy reading the Harry Potter books, in which the crazed, clairvoyant, and apparently alcoholic teacher, Professor Trelawney, is constantly described as smelling strongly of cooking sherry. Although I had no clue what sherry was, this association with the “crazy, spinster aunt” type stuck. I proceeded to live my life quite happily for some years before being untimely sucked into the world of cocktails, where I found myself avoiding recipes that called for all varieties of this mysterious sherry, never quite being sure of what it was or where I would start with it, not to mention the probably deep seated fear that I may eventually become a spinster myself if I tried it. 
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  • Spritzes & Fizzes & Highballs, Oh, My!
    June 13, 2018 Patrick Smith

    Spritzes & Fizzes & Highballs, Oh, My!

    While a stiff drink never goes out of style, in the summer heat it’s hard to beat something refreshing, something bubbly enough to tickle your tongue as well as it tickles your fancy. Enter our three summertime players: the Spritz, the Fizz, and the Highball. 
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  • Your New Summer Fling: The Aperitivo
    June 13, 2018 Mish Sukharev

    Your New Summer Fling: The Aperitivo

    If there’s just one tradition we could transplant from Italy to this side of the Atlantic, it very well might be the Aperitivo Hour. Here, on our side of the globe we’ve inherited the decidedly more New World-style, Happy Hour. And don’t get us wrong, Happy Hours are great - but Aperitivo Hours are just something different - more relaxed, more convivial, more joyful. Who can say no to a late afternoon in the sun, enjoying a glass of something light, delicious and refreshing?
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  • Bitter: About Campari
    June 6, 2018 Mish Sukharev

    Bitter: About Campari

    Bitter is decidedly not vanilla. And while my cocktail may not be your cocktail, I think we all have it in us to be just a little bit seduced by the mixing rule of Bitter, Sweet and Spirited. Here, in the US, bitter has often been given a bad reputation - that flavor that you really shouldn’t be tasting. But if it is wrong - why does so much of the world enjoy bitter flavors so freely, openly and passionately? 
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  • January 22, 2018 Meredith Lantz

    Leopold Bros. - A cocktailer's dream distillery

    We’ve all got favorite bottles but Leopold is one of our favorite spirits brands. They span the gamut of whiskey, gin, and liqueurs, and yet despite their breadth of selection, each spirit maintains an exceptional amount of depth.  As much as they are all delightful sippers, they are really a bartender's best friend, adding complexity, balance, and most importantly deliciousness to every cocktail.

    Leopold Bros. is a family owned and operated distillery in Denver, Colorado. They malt their barley, mill their grains, ferment their mash and distill everything onsite. They don’t add artificial ingredients and they barrel and bottle everything by hand. 

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  • January 19, 2018 Joe Barwin

    Lo-Fi Aperitifs, Perfect for Spritz's and Never Fail Cocktails

    Looking for a light, flavorful, refreshing, and low ABV cocktail for those summer afternoons?  Let us introduce you to the perfect solution.

    Lo-Fi Aperitifs are a line of vermouths and amaro crafted with California wines and natural herbs & botanicals. It can be enjoyed on it’s own, or used generously in a cocktail — not just whispered over a martini. They infuse their wine with a unique blend of botanicals are listed right on the label. Everything that’s in it, is on it! 

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  • January 19, 2018 Meredith Lantz

    Rosé? No Way. 5 beautiful bottles to gift the dinner party host

     The intoxicating chorus of Rosé's pop and clink will always be a warm weather hit single, but we're hoping this summer's anthem is more about these literally red, haute, alt-rocking bottles.  Each pick will incite refrains of oohs and ahhs when you present this as your dinner party host gift, but they're so easy to drink, it won't be long before you're singing the chorus to Drunk in Love.
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