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The Good Life : Drinks

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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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 25, 2013    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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Dueling Vermouth Anniversary Releases

One hundred and fifty years or two hundred years, either is a monumental anniversary for any company. When these anniversaries occur at the same...more

Posted: July 26, 2013    By Jack Bettridge


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It's Summertime and the Shrubbing is Easy

When the weather gets hot and the fruit is ripe, it's hard for some of us to see nature's sweet bounty and not think: How can I get this into a glass...more

Posted: July 19, 2013    By Jack Bettridge


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Gin & Tonic Exploration

It may sound like a simple drink, but summertime's signature cocktail refresher—the self-named Gin & Tonic—offers a season's worth of variation...more

Posted: May 31, 2013    By Jack Bettridge


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A Trio of Vermouths for Your Next Manhattan

For Americans enthusiastic about such classic cocktails as the Manhattan and Martini—or even those who prefer to take their aperitifs alone—the...more

Posted: February 22, 2013    By Jack Bettridge


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