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  • A Gin Cocktail Odyssey, Act II: You Only Live Twice
    May 23, 2018 Patrick Smith

    A Gin Cocktail Odyssey, Act II: You Only Live Twice

    Cocktails that have been consistently ordered at cocktail joints in some form since they were first served long ago. That’s a classic. But what about all those old cocktails that seemingly went the way of the Dodo? What are those? Well, we’re simply calling them Vintage cocktails, and luckily tons of them have been rediscovered by curious bartenders, thirsty historians, and scholarly cocktail drinkers of all stripes.
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  • A Gin Cocktail Odyssey, Act I: The Classics
    May 14, 2018 Patrick Smith

    A Gin Cocktail Odyssey, Act I: The Classics

    A true classic has proven itself through its staying power. Especially in America, where Prohibition killed so much of the way we drank and what we drank, it’s incredible for a cocktail from before it to have survived and to have had a lasting popularity until today. Let's mix up a few of our favorites.
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  • Roots and Herbs of Cocktails
    April 18, 2018 Mish Sukharev

    Roots and Herbs of Cocktails

    Spirits, for the most part, are a vegetarian endeavor. Most of us are familiar at least a little with the grains, fruits and cultivated plants that produce our favorite bottles. Grapes for cognac, corn for bourbon, agave for tequila and mezcal and so on - but in this post we want to dig a little deeper and unearth a few plants (and their respective bottles) that happen to be an evergreen part of any well cultivated bar. 
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  • Townshend's and The Spirits of Tea Time
    March 14, 2018 Mish Sukharev

    Townshend's and The Spirits of Tea Time

    Steaped in the experience of making tea for years before bringing about a distillery, the folks behind Townshend's really know how to brew up some flavorful spirits. Every part of their tea liqueurs, amaros and spirits is made from scratch and in-house. Their unique take on a variety of tea flavors and their confidence of bringing new flavors to traditional recipes (like the continent bridging take on an Italian amaro) has made them some of our favorites when it comes to brainstorming new cocktails. 
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  • Awakening To Irish Coffee
    March 6, 2018 Mish Sukharev

    Awakening To Irish Coffee

    The Irish Coffee seems like the kind of drink that simply exists by default, never having been invented by anyone. But this legendary drink has its own continent hopping biography and family tree that lands us in our very own backyard of San Francisco.
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  • January 24, 2018 Mish Sukharev

    The Laura Palmer, A Damn Good Cocktail

    New York has The Manhattan, New Orleans The Sazerac, and if Twin Peaks were a real place, it would claim The Laura Palmer as its own. As I read the description, I had no idea where this cocktail would lead me, but I had a feeling it would be a place both wonderful and strange. Dreamed up by Charles Russo for Blackbird (not the Black Lodge, but an excellent San Francisco bar with a definite lodge feel), The Laura Palmer, just like the eponymous character, was taken from us way too soon… though this time simply due to a menu change. 
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