Articles Tagged: classic cocktails

Manhattan Cocktail

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The Manhattan cocktail may be the best know whiskey cocktail. Of course, the aren’t forgetting the Old Fashioned, OK maybe it is a tie. Although it’s origins are in dispute (like most cocktails), the Manhattan cocktail originated in Manhattan (Surprise!) sometime during the 1870’s.

Served up or on the rocks, a basic Manhattan cocktail consists of Bourbon or Rye, purists insist on Rye, sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters. Unless asked for it a proper Manhattan … Read more

Happy National Daiquiri Day!

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It’s hard to believe, but it’s yet another day of celebration for a classic cocktail. Last week was the Pina Colada, this week is the Daiquiri. At least someone is picking seasonally appropriate drinks to celebrate this summer. With record setting temperatures around the country, a refreshing beverage can help keep you cool.

The Daiquiri hails from Cuba where it was invented by an American businessman during the Spanish-American war. It has since acquired a … Read more

Tom Collins

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The Tom Collins is a great drink to beat the heat on a hot Summer day and it a fascinating origin. Of course, the origin of the Tom Collins is disputed. 

Back in the Summer of 1974 bar patrons in the Northeastern United States began playing a practical joke on their friends know as the the Great Tom Collins Hoax of 1874 As the gag went, one friend would ask another if he knew Tom … Read more

Bloody Mary

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While the origins of the Bloody Mary are not 100% clear, the Bloody Mary as we know it was ‘created’ by Fernand Petiot at Harry New York Bar Paris in 1921. Sure, folks were already making a drink of 50/50 Vodka and Tomato Juice, but Petoit, added a the spice factor.  When Vodka started to gain popularity in the 1950s the Bloody Mary really took off. 

The Bloody Mary has become a Sunday morning tradition, … Read more

Drink What They Drink On Mad Men

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With another season of Mad Men starting up, w thought we’d dip in the archive and pull out some classic they’d be enjoying in the 1960s. Along with the hard drinking classics like Martinis and Manhattan’s, we see Vodka creeping onto the scene with the Moscow Mule and others. I choose a few tropical drinks, as the word is out that this season starts with a trip to Hawaii.  All three drinks are Waikiki stalwarts … Read more

Fog Cutter Cocktail

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The Fog Cutter Cocktail or Fogcutter Cocktail is a classic TIki drink.  It was created by Tony Ramos a bartender at Don the Beachcomber in Hollywood sometime in the 1930s.  Not for the faint of heart, they say if you are a bit foggy headed, this one will cut right through. … Read more

Super Bowl Cocktail Throwdown – San Francisco vs. Baltimore

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Super Bowl XLVII is set between San Francisco and Baltimore. 49ers vs Ravens. San Francisco Bay vs. Chesapeake Bay. Blue Crab vs. Dungeness Crab. So what about drinks? We picked a ‘team’ for each Super Bowl City. Who wins it?

San Francisco

    Pisco Sour – an iconic cocktail that says San Francisco
    Cable Car –  What is more San Francisco. The new classic was created by Tony Abu-Gamin at San Fransisco’s famed Startlight Room, where

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Burke’s Complete Cocktail and Tastybite Recipes – Literary Monday

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I often look through piles of books at used bookstores hunting for old cocktail and drinking books.  It’s not often that I actually find much, or at least much that is affordable.  But, I was lucky enough to strike gold a few weeks ago when I came across a number of books in the Complete Imbiber series that spanned the 1950’s through the early 1990’s and Burke’s Complete Cocktail and Tastybite Recipe that was published … Read more

Cocktail Casting Call: Mad Men

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The hottest Madison Avenue firm on television is back! This Sunday Mad Men kicks off it’s fifth season on AMC and you better not be caught with an empty glass when the show starts! If you’re looking to pour a stiff drink like Draper or savor a tall glass of Joan Harris, I have you covered as we have our very own Cocktail Casting Call just in time for the season premiere. 

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Dutch Negroni

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This week’s drink is a twist on the classic Negroni. Rather than using a London Dry Gin, this Negroni uses Genever, from which Gin originated.

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Bols Genever
1 oz Campari
1 oz sweet vermouth

Directions:
Stir all ingredients with ice, strain into a pre-chilled rocks glass. Garnish with a large orange zest.

Courtesy of Bols Genever.

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