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The Margarita

It's been said that the Margarita is the traditional drink of Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican version of Independence Day. But forget that noise. First of...more

Posted: June 26, 2015    By Jack Bettridge


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A Case for the Blood and Sand Scotch Cocktail

Weighty and warming, Scotch whisky is a winter staple. However, when the thermometer spikes, many eschew their Caledonian drams for lighter and (what...more

Posted: June 5, 2015    By Jack Bettridge


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Pimm’s Cup—An English Take On Summer

"But in spite of all temptations to belong to other nations, he remains an Englishman." - Gilbert & Sullivan, H.M.S....more

Posted: May 29, 2015    By Jack Bettridge


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Six Mint Julep Cocktail Variations for the Kentucky Derby

True horse-racing enthusiasts may be few and far and between (and successful bettors even rarer), but tomorrow's 141st Kentucky Derby brings out the...more

Posted: May 1, 2015    By Jack Bettridge


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In Defense of Eggnog

The holidays call for rich, satisfying eggnog, and our spirits guru tells you how to make the best version imaginable....more

Posted: December 23, 2014    By Jack Bettridge


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Lemon Squeezes

To paraphrase the old maxim, if life jacks up the price of limes make lemon drinks. This season, with a premium on the green citrus from Mexico,...more

Posted: September 12, 2014    By Jack Bettridge


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Raising a Glass for Liberty

The holiday closest to the summer's onset—Independence Day—poses a yearly drinking conundrum: What cocktail best exemplifies the spirit of...more

Posted: July 4, 2014    By Jack Bettridge


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Negotiating the Negroni

In case you don’t shake it up with the cocktail crowd, it’s Negroni Week. First, you might ask, what is a Negroni? (Simple answer: mixed...more

Posted: June 6, 2014    By Jack Bettridge


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Minting New Juleps

If you doubt that the mixing of a Mint Julep is a volatile subject the farther South you travel, consider how humorist and Kentuckian Irvin S. Cobb...more

Posted: May 2, 2014    By Jack Bettridge


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Rye Gets a Vermouth Finish

One of the great moments in cocktail history came sometime in the 1870s when some unknown alchemist poured vermouth into a shaker with rye whiskey to...more

Posted: October 4, 2013    By Jack Bettridge


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Whiskey Cocktails: The Manhattan, Old-Fashioned, Sazerac and Mint Julep

When it's mixing time, American is the natural choice in whiskey. Not only does the notion get history's endorsement-the cocktail was born in the...more

Posted: August 9, 2013    By Jack Bettridge


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Quench Your Summer Thirst with a Gin Fizz

With August upon us, it's time to think longer drinks., both in the sense of the height of the glass and the time a cocktail takes to make. Perfect...more

Posted: August 2, 2013    By Jack Bettridge


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